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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.

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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.

First coat of Minwax wood stain being applied to the board

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!)

Supplies used to make a NOEL wreath sign


How to Make a Noel Wreath Sign

Supplies Used:

Step 1:

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.

Sign board with 2 coats of Minwax Penetrating Stain applied

Step 2:

Using your Cricut cut out your N, E and L in the vinyl color of your choice. Here is the svg file.

Step 3:

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.

Step 4:

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!)

Placing the wreath and letters onto the board before applying helps to make sure everything will look great at the end

Step 5:

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.

Transferring vinyl cut on a Cricut using transfer paper

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!

Complete instructions on how to make your own Noel Wreath sign
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