When the calendar flipped to April and I realized I still had this sign hanging in my kitchen, I knew I better snap out of my winter daze and make a few changes.
As much as I love all of the wood farmhouse signs that I’m seeing in the stores and online, so many of them are outside of my budget. I mean, have you seen the prices they’re going for lately??
$100 or more!
I’m all for paying a fair price for someone’s hard work but I just can’t justify spending that kind of money.
So I did what I always do in these situations. I planned to make one myself!
Initially, I wanted to make a floral market sign but then I realized I wanted something a bit more kitchen-like.
Hello, vintage bakery sign!
First, I designed the sign in Photoshop. I included my favorite baked goods and used vintage-type fonts.
Next, I went to Michaels where a large wood plaque jumped into my cart (that’s what I told my husband anyway 😉 ).
I didn’t protest too much since I needed it to make the bakery/baked goods sign.
Here’s a list of the materials I used:
- FREE bakery sign cut file (found at the bottom of this post)
- black acrylic paint (or chalk paint)
- white acrylic paint (or chalk paint)
- DecoArt Americana Gel Stain in Walnut
- wood plaque board (similar to this one)
- paint sponge brushes *I always buy in bulk
- craft cutting machine (I own this one)
- vinyl or freezer paper for stencil
- vinyl transfer tape
- weeding, scraper, and tweezer tools
- D-ring picture hanger
- old towel
- fine sandpaper (optional)
- measuring tape
Before you get started on your project, make sure you measure the dimensions of your board (length and height). You’ll need this when you upload the cut file to your craft cutting machine software (Design Space in Cricut).
You don’t want to waste your vinyl by discovering that you made your sign too short (yes, I’m talking from past experience ?).
- No need to mirror the file since you’re using regular vinyl.
- The vinyl is placed on the mat right side up (with the liner on the mat).
- Use a weeder to remove the negative spaces (the vinyl you don’t need that isn’t part of the design.)
- Use a scraper (or old credit card) to burnish (attach and smooth) the vinyl to the transfer paper. Use it again when you apply the vinyl to the wood. You want to avoid paint bleeds so make sure the vinyl is really stuck to the wood.
- Of course, if you’re using freezer paper or a stencil, the above doesn’t apply.
Now, let’s watch the video to see how I made the bakery sign and hopefully make things a bit clearer.
By the way, are you subscribed to our YouTube channel? We had to start a new channel last year after YouTube lost ours in outer space.
Remember how I said in the video that I used the walnut gel stain to give the sign a faux barn wood look? Here’s a close-up:
Gorgeous, right? It turned out better than expected!
To hang your sign, use a measuring tape and find the center on the back of the board. Mark it with a pencil mark.
Add a drop or two of superglue to the base of the D-ring and attach. Let dry overnight before you hang your sign.
Ready to get started on your own vintage bakery sign in that gorgeous fixer upper style?
Download the FREE cut files (JPG and PDF) right here. No registration required. Just click that download button!
If you want to use the baked goods sign for commercial use (no credit required), you can download the SVG file here.