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Reindeer Parking Sign – Outdoor Christmas Decoration

Learn how to make a Reindeer Parking Sign. DIY Outdoor Christmas Decoration.

Reindeer Parking Sign! Looking for a way to tell Santa where you'd like him to park his sleigh so that your kids can leave food for the reindeer? Make a Reindeer Parking sign

Every year Gabrielle and Emanuelle ask me where do Santa’s reindeer park when they get to our house because they want to leave food for them.

I explain to them that they park on our roof like they do when they get to other homes. Of course they can’t leave them food on the roof.

This year I decided it was time to get Santa to park his reindeer somewhere where the girls can leave the reindeer food.

What better way to tell them where to park than with a parking sign, right?

The girls were so excited when I told them that we would make a Reindeer Parking sign to put outside. And I was excited to use my Silhouette Portrait for the very first time!

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Reindeer Parking Sign



Step 1: I started off by designing my sign with Silhouette Studio.

I made sure to put the page size the same size as my wood plaque (8×10). I used a reindeer from a Reindeer Set I found at the Silhouette Design Store.

Designing a Reindeer Parking Sign with Silhouette Studio.

Step 2: Once the design was to my liking, I filled the design with color, and printed it with my printer.

I wanted to make sure the size and placement was to my liking.

Print Design Before Cutting

Step 3: Since the design was perfect, it was time to insert the vinyl in my Silhouette Portrait.

I went into the Silhouette Studio program and selected Vinyl and it selected the recommended cut settings.

Silhouette Reindeer Cut File

Step 4: I then selected Send to Silhouette and clicked Start.

The Silhouette Portrait did all the work from there.

The vinyl went into the machine and the vinyl came back out as it was being cut. It was really fun to watch!

Silhouette Portrait Cutting Vinyl

Step 5: I proceeded by removing the negative vinyl (the vinyl that I was not going to use).

Remove negative

Step 6: I applied Silhouette Premium Transfer Tape to my design.

I did this so that the front of my design would stick to it and it could then be transferred back side onto my wood plaque (otherwise my design would be backwards on the wood plaque).

I found this video on how to use Premium Transfer Tape very helpful: Premium Vinyl 102.

Remember, this was my first project. I should have lined up the grid with the bottom on the letters, rather than just putting it over. The grid is very helpful when transferring your design to your project, to keep everything straight.

Silhouette Premium Transfer Paper

Step 7: I applied the Premium Transfer Tape onto my wood plaque, making sure to rub it very well so that the design would stick completely onto the surface.

P.S. I used this staining technique for my plaque.

How to transfer vinyl

And voilà, we have ourselves a Reindeer Parking Sign!!

Reindeer Parking Sign! Looking for a way to tell Santa where you'd like him to park his sleigh so that your kids can leave food for the reindeer? Make a Reindeer Parking sign!

Isn’t it cute? The girls will be sprinkling Reindeer food around the bottom of it on Christmas Eve. I’m sure the Reindeer will appreciate some yummy food!

Of course, now that I see how easy it is to make sign with my Silhouette Portrait… I kind of did A LOT of shopping at the Silhouette Design Store! I bought so many designs

Have a FABULOUS day!


P.S. I’ll be linking to these Parties.

Disclosure: A big THANK YOU to Silhouette America for supplying me with a Silhouette Portrait to complete this project. As always, all opinions in this post are 100% my own.


Monday 29th of December 2014

These are great! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home! Sherry

Joy @ Joy Love Food

Thursday 18th of December 2014

What a wonderful idea, so cute and creative! Visiting from Creative Ways Link Party :) Happy Holidays!

Megan @ Our Pinteresting Family

Friday 12th of December 2014

Absolutely adorable!!


Thursday 11th of December 2014

super cute! I love the white on wood tone look and the rusticness of it.


Thursday 11th of December 2014

What a fun sign! Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites. I'm featuring you this week!

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