Cricut Explore Air Custom Design Christmas Tree Sign
For the last post in our week long All About Cricut series I wanted to share with you this amazing custom sign I made with my Cricut Explore Air. I’ve had so much fun telling you all about one of my very favorite crafting tools! The super easy Make it Now Paper Pines went perfectly with my Custom Christmas Tree sign. If you don’t want to use a make it now project, or an image from the Cricut library, one of the coolest features of the Cricut Explore Air is that you can upload your own custom image into the machine and cut it out!
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To demonstrate how you can cut any custom graphic you can find in your Cricut Explore Air machine, I asked my super talented Hubby to make me a custom graphic for you! I’ll show you how you can take the picture here and easily turn it into a fantastic sign to decorate your home for the holidays.
First you need to save the image as a jpeg. Either right click and save image as, or save the pdf file and convert to jpeg. This custom graphic is available to you free, for your own personal use. Please don’t change, or sell the image or items you’ve made with the image.
Go to the Cricut Design shop, create a new project, and select Upload image.
Because this is a simple black and white image, you don’t need fancy editing tools. Simple will do.
You will need to edit out the parts you don’t want the machine to cut. Simply click on the screen on any part you want removed. In this instance, click on all of the white parts. If you’ve right click saved my image above, you can go ahead and remove the watermark on the image in this part! You don’t need to cut that too.
Because I plan to cut this tree out of Cricut Vinyl (in a bright, happy Lime green), I saved as a cut image rather than a print then cut image. Save it, and your new custom image will be added to your own personal library now! Put it on the mat, adjust the size to fit your board, and send to the Cricut for cutting!
Prep your wood surface however you wish. If you are painting your surface, make sure it is completely dry before applying the vinyl. I painted my wood with white chalk paint and a fine gold glitter paint.
Weed the unwanted vinyl pieces from your Christmas tree. The weeding tool helps with this task a lot!
Apply Cricut Transfer Tape to the top of your Christmas tree, and rub any bubbles out.
You can pick up the whole design now with the transfer tape secured. Center it on the wood, and press the design on. You can use the Scraping tool to get any bubbles out and rub the vinyl onto the wood. When your design is securely attached to the wood, slowly peel the transfer tape back off.
That’s all there is to it! You could frame your board, or leave it plain. Add a hanger on the back, or sit it on a shelf. It was the perfect sign to adorn our treat table at the Paint party, and it went perfectly with the Make it Now Paper Pine trees!
You can make any custom graphic following these easy steps. Just upload your image into the Cricut Design Space and GO!
I made this fun custom Apron when I was first getting to know the machine shortly after it arrived earlier in the year. There’s even a video you should check out!
I’m planning to make some fun wall decals for my daughters room next. She is obsessed with Cats, so we are going to put some cat silhouettes on her wall. I’d love to hear in the comments below if you’d be interested in a post about it.