Welcome friends and family this fall with a pretty hand lettered feather DIY sign! It’s easy to get the look of a hand painted sign with this free cut file and iron on vinyl.
Instead of painting a design by hand, you can easily get a similar look by using heat transfer vinyl and your home iron. I love to use heat transfer or iron on vinyl on wood because the vinyl is so thin and flexible that it kind of melts into the wood to give you the look of a painted or printed sign.
Ready to make your own lovely wooden feather sign for fall? Here’s everything you will need to get making.
Supplies needed to make your own feather DIY sign:
- Walnut Hollow Decorative Wooden Feather
- Silhouette Cameo, Cricut Explore Air, or other electronic cutting machine
- Heat Transfer Vinyl
- Weeding Hook
- Colored Jute Cord (optional)
- My Gather Here Cut File – Download SVG, DXF, and PNG files HERE
Step One. Sand and Prep Wooden Feather.
The heat transfer vinyl (HTV) will apply best to a fairly smooth surface, so it’s a good idea to give your wooden feather a light sanding to start. If you like, you can also paint or stain your feather at this point. I opted to keep the natural wood, but the heat transfer vinyl will apply to stained and painted wood as well. Just be sure to allow the paint or stain to dry completely before moving on.
Step Two. Cut Design from Heat Transfer Vinyl.
Next, download the free cut file design from the supply list above. Open the design in your cutting machine software. It should already be scaled to fit the feather, but double check the size before cutting.
Because we are using heat transfer vinyl, we will need to mirror the design so that it reads correctly when we apply it to the wooden feather. To do this in Silhouette Studio, click on Object > Mirror > Flip Horizontally. Rotate the design to fit on your vinyl and cutting mat. For this larger design, you will either need to use a 12 x 24 cutting mat or cut without a cutting mat.
Adjust your cut settings for smooth heat transfer vinyl, and send to your machine to cut.
Step Three. Weed out Excess Vinyl.
Next, use your weeding hook to remove the excess heat transfer vinyl from around your design. Don’t forget the little pieces inside your letters!
Step Four. Apply Heat Transfer Vinyl.
Position your design on the wooden feather and use your iron (on the cotton setting) to apply the HTV. Give each section of the design heat and pressure for 10 seconds. I used the edge of my iron to push the HTV down into the groves in the center of the feather shape.
Once the vinyl has adhered to the wood, peel off the plastic carrier sheet. If any portions of the design need more heat, cover with a piece of parchment paper before using the iron again. (Don’t apply the iron directly to the vinyl or you will get a melty mess.)
I love how the heat transfer kind of melts into the wood.
Finally, I finished off my fall wooden feather DIY sign by tying a piece of colored jute cord around the feather shaft. And that’s it!
This pretty fall sign pairs will with the fall paper flowers I shared last month. What do you think? Will you be trying heat transfer vinyl on wood?
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Alexis Middleton is a lifelong crafter/DIYer and blogger at Persia Lou. She started crafting at a young age. As a girl, she spent summers with her grandmother crocheting baby doll afghans, making coasters out of plastic canvas and yarn, and canning apricot jam. Today, Alexis spends a lot of time dreaming up and working on projects for her family’s home. She loves mixing traditional crafting techniques with a more modern aesthetic.