Bring the magic of Christmas to your home by making this DIY Sleigh Rides sign with your Cricut! Grab your hot cocoa and snuggle under a warm blanket and enjoy the crafty ride!
One quick way to decorate your home for the holidays is to replace your everyday wall decor with Christmas signs and artwork. Making wall signs with my Cricut is one of my favorite crafts, so of course we’re including a fun sign for the 25 Days of Cricut Christmas! We’re on Day 22—can you believe we’re almost to the end of this series? It’s been so fun!
This Sleigh Rides sign is such a cute addition to your holiday decor, and you can make it in a bright and fun color palette like I have here, or stick with more traditional reds and greens—whatever works with your home decor!
If you’d like to get this series in an ebook format PLUS all of the SVGs needed to make all 25 projects check out the 25 Days of Cricut Christmas eBook Bundle!
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For this sign, I’m using regular adhesive vinyl. Because I painted a raw wood sign, I chose adhesive vinyl because sometimes using an iron or EasyPress with iron on vinyl can cause the paint to bubble if it hasn’t cured (which can take weeks). And since I’m an impatient person, vinyl was the best choice here!
Sleigh Rides Sign Supplies
- Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker
- 12″ x 24″ Blue LightGrip or Green StandardGrip mat
- Permanent vinyl in three colors
- Weeding Tool
- Transfer Tape
- Wood sign
- Craft paint
- Paint brushes
- Sleigh Rides SVG file
Grab The SVG For This Project
Sleigh Rides Sign Directions
Paint Your Sign
If you’d like, paint your sign. I used white for the back and a shimmery pinky-red for the frame. Let dry.
Upload the Sleigh Rides File to Cricut Design Space
We will start by uploading the sleigh rides file to Cricut Design Space (see Uploading SVG Files to Cricut Design Space if you need help).
If you need to, resize the file to fit on your sign. Then you’re ready to make this project! Click Make It in the upper right. Depending on the size of your sign, you may see a warning telling you that you’ll need a larger mat. Click OK.
You won’t need to do anything in the Prepare Screen to your file—it’s regular vinyl so there’s no need to mirror the images.
Click Continue and you’re ready to cut!
Cut Your Adhesive Vinyl for Your Sleigh Rides Sign
On the Make Screen, you’ll set your material to vinyl. Make sure you have your fine point blade in your machine, insert your mat, and your Cricut will cut your project!
Cut all three mats for your project.
Weed Your Adhesive Vinyl
Next we’re going to “weed” the negative space from around each image. I have an extensive post about Weeding Adhesive Vinyl, which you’ll want to read—tons of tips and tricks to making it easier.
Adhere Your Adhesive Vinyl
Once all of your adhesive vinyl is weeded, it’s time to use transfer tape to adhere it to your sign. I’m going to use a layering method for this project—it’s really good for lining up different colors of vinyl and putting them on your project in one go!
You can also see an in-depth tutorial about Using Transfer Tape if you need it (plus troubleshooting tips if you’re struggling!).
Start by cutting a piece of transfer tape larger than your final decal. Peel the backing sheet off the transfer tape and place the sticky side of the transfer tape down on the blankets / hot cocoa layer of your project.
You can use your hands or a scraper to burnish the transfer tape down on top of the vinyl. Then flip it over, and peel the backing sheet away from the transfer tape. Your decal should stick to the transfer tape—you can use your fingernail to catch anything that isn’t sticking cleanly.
Now instead of putting this straight on the sign, place the sticky side of the transfer tape on the 25¢ layer, lining it up with the blankets / hot cocoa layer.
Repeat with the Sleigh Rides layer.
Then flip it over and press it onto your sign! I love this method, because you only have to deal with the transfer tape once on the wood, which is often where people struggle when using transfer tape.
Use the scraper to burnish the vinyl into the sign. Then peel back the transfer tape and your vinyl should stick!
SLEIGH RIDES SIGN
- Wood sign
- Craft paint
- Paint brush
- Adhesive Vinyl three colors
- Transfer Tape
- Paint your frame.
- Upload the Sleigh Rides file to Cricut Design Space and resize if needed.
- Cut your adhesive vinyl for this project.
- Weed your adhesive vinyl.
- Use the "layering" method to stick your three different layers to the same piece of transfer tape.
- Press the image to the sign and peel back the transfer tape.
- Hang in your home!
Make All the 25 Days of Cricut Christmas Projects!
We’ll be adding links as each day goes live! Grab the full bundle with all of the projects and SVGs in our 25 Days of Cricut Christmas eBook!
- Day 1: DIY Christmas Countdown Calendar
- Day 2: Snow Globe Shaker Card
- Day 3: Happy Holly Days Christmas Banner
- Day 4: Felt Gnome Pillow
- Day 5: Cookies for Santa Tray
- Day 6: Snowflake Coasters
- Day 7: Customized Christmas Banner
- Day 8: Etched Holiday Baking Dish
- Day 9: DIY Gift Card Holder
- Day 10: Christmas Apron
- Day 11: Christmas Quilt Block Artwork
- Day 12: Constellation Glitter Ornaments
- Day 13: DIY Christmas Card Holder
- Day 14: Papercut Christmas Village
- Day 15: Funny Christmas Socks
- Day 16: Veneer Pinecone Earrings
- Day 17: How to Make Felt Bows
- Day 18: Personalized Santa Sacks
- Day 19: Newborn Footprint Ornaments
- Day 20: Layered Christmas Mandala
- Day 21: Customized Pot Holders
- Day 22: Sleigh Rides Christmas Sign
- Day 23: Hot Cocoa Mug Gift
- Day 24: Print then Cut Gift Tags
- Day 25: Matching Christmas Pajamas