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How to Make a Wood Sign with Heat Transfer Vinyl HTV

I’ve been searching for a quote to fill this empty wall in our house for some time.  I recently saw a post from @house_of_jason on Instagram with the saying: “Being a family means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life no matter what.”  I loved it so much that I had to make my own version!  You can purchase her beautiful pre-made signs here if you aren’t the crafting type.  Since I was looking for a way to use up some of my heat transfer vinyl (HTV), I decide to make my own.

I used a 2’x3′ piece of plywood with 1″x2″ pieces of wood that I stained for the border.  If you are looking for more instructions on how to make the sign, I found Angela Marie Made’s tutorial is really easy to follow.  Pineapple Paper Co. also has a great tutorial on farmhouse sign making!

After you have the sign assembled and painted, you can use heat transfer vinyl (HTV) and iron it on your painted wood.  Yep, you can iron on wood!!

First, I cut my quote and arranged it on the board.  With my iron on the cotton setting, I ironed the vinyl directly on the wood.  I used a piece of parchment paper between the HTV and my iron to keep it from wrinkling the transfer film.  I’ve found that if I iron directly on the transfer film, it wrinkles from the heat.  Normally that’s not a big deal, but I didn’t want it to shift the letters at all.  The piece of parchment paper works perfectly.  I did iron directly on the HTV film when a letter was having trouble sticking down.  Finally, I peeled back the transfer film and revealed my new sign lettering!

I found this method to be much easier than painting on the sign with a vinyl stencil.  Plus, it looks like it could be paint!  I have used Oramask in the past to paint signs.  This works great but is a little more time consuming.  You could also use regular vinyl on signs.

If you are looking for a place to purchase Siser EasyWeed HTV, here is the company that I use for my vinyl needs.