When I was a kid we had these four blocks of wood that were painted different holiday colors and when put next to each other spelled out NOEL. The “O” block had a small fake wreath in place of the O. I always loved setting this out for the holiday and I am sure if I looked hard enough my parents still have this around somewhere. This year I decided to make my own noel sign with the same idea and I wanted to share it with you all.
I found an old piece of wood that I kept for a future unknown project and as luck would have it this was the project! I applied a couple coats of Minwax Penetrating Stain in Classic Gray to the top, I left the sides and the back of it untouched as I wanted a more rustic look.
This was also the first project that I used my new Cricut Design Space™” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener”>Cricut Design Space and create something awesome! If you have ever thought about getting a cutting machine I would highly recommend the Cricut.
Using red vinyl sheets I cut out the letters: N, E, and L with the Cricut (here is the file if you are interested). Even if you don’t have a cutting machine you can could still use the letters and transfer them onto the wood with transfer paper or the chalk method.
I found some cute garland at Michael’s that I knew I could turn into a small wreath using my trusty glue gun. (Is there anything that a glue gun can’t fix!)
How to Make a Noel Wreath Sign
- Wood board (scrap piece from another project)
- Minwax Penetrating Stain (I used Classic Gray)
- T-shirt rags for applying stain
- Red Vinyl Sheet for Cricut
- Vinyl Transfer Paper
- Hot Glue Gun
- Holiday Garland
- Wire Cutter
- Floral Wire
Using a rag or brush stain your board with the color of your choice. I applied 2 coats to the top. Again I didn’t apply to the sides as I liked the rustic look.
Using your Cricut cut out your N, E and L in the vinyl color of your choice. Here is the svg file.
I had to use a wire cutter to cut the garland down to the right size to make my “O” wreath. The wired garland doesn’t like to be formed into a tight circle. So I used a small piece of floral wire wrapped around where the ends met and then reinforced it by applying hot glue over the wire.
I laid my wreath and vinyl pieces cut out on my board to get a good idea of placement. I totally just winged it and didn’t measure the placement but you probably should! (bad on me if it’s crooked!)
If you are using a Cricut with vinyl you will want to use transfer paper to transfer the vinyl cleanly onto the board.
I then used my trusty glue gun to attach the wreath to the board.
I didn’t attach a hanger to the back since I knew I would be leaning it at the top of my mug rack. But next year I might attach a hanger and move it around the house!