No Place Like Home


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My youngest son is in the Marine Corps. He left for boot camp in May and due to Covid we haven't been able to see him since. We're happy to say he will be coming home for the first time in almost 8 months for Christmas! To say we are excited is an understatement. When I saw the design we used for our sign, I knew exactly what I wanted to do!

I started out by painting a 12 x 17 inch board with Folk Art Chalk Paint in Adirondack. Chalk paint goes on so rich that your board does not need to be perfect. As you can see, we had a huge flaw in our wood but you won't even see it in the final piece. While the chalk paint was drying, I cut the design. 

Blank Board

We used the design There's No Place Like Home For the Holidays from Design Bundles. We are a Plus Member, therefore, the design is free to us. As an alternative, you could use this design. It is similar in concept and is an outright purchase. If you do any level of crafting such as screen printing, vinyl, scrapbooking or even laser cutting one of the Plus Membership is a good idea. They have an excellent mix of designers and all design licenses are dual covering both personal and commercial use. They also have a healthy section of freebies and tutorials. That's a win for makers! Before cutting, I did remove the tree and adjust my wording in order to fit the wooden houses we will be adding. 

When I work with vinyl, I only use Oracal 651. It is high quality, weeds easier than most and stays put. It also doesn't hurt that it is more affordable than most vinyl, too! We used the following settings on our Silhouette Cameo 4

 After weeding our vinyl, we applied our transfer sheet. Once the transfer sheet has been started, I like to lay my quilting ruler across the top of the transfer sheet and then gently slide it down while I pull the backing off at the same time. This helps to minimize the air bubbles and provides a quality application when working on larger projects. With the transfer paper applied, we flipped our design over and removed our cutting mat and then the vinyl backing. 

Oracal 651 VinylWith our design centered, we rubbed it permanently into place and then removed our transfer paper.  We also applied a quick swipe of Tim Holtz Distress Oxide in Black Soot  on all of our wood edges to add dimension. After the Distress Oxide dried, we applied a thin coat of wax to the entire sign. 
Next, we had to do a few mods on our wooden houses. We found our houses in the form of a garland at the Target (never just a) dollar spot. Fortunately, the two bottom windows lined up perfectly on our houses so we could create a slightly larger house. We did cut a popsicle stick to fit for extra support on the back of our top house. Last, we used the empty garland holes to place a bow on the shorter house. Once our hot glue dried, we flipped our house over and secured it onto our sign. 
Tiny House
Last but not least, we added a little holiday cheer to the top left corner of our creation. Garland from the Dollar Tree, a wreath pick from Target and a messy bow created from sparkly ribbon created the perfect compliment to the sign. 
We think the project is beautiful! You can definitely scale the design to a size that fits your needs. There is so much holiday décor out that now is the time to score little sign additions at an affordable price.  
Bellow is the final project! Let us know if you create a version of your own, we'd love to see it! ~Rett & Co. 

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