Learn how to make a Reindeer Parking Sign. DIY Outdoor Christmas Decoration.
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
- Wood plaque (I used wood a piece of wood I had at home.)
- Silhouette Portrait or Silhouette CAMEO
- Gold Glossy Adhesive Vinyl
- Premium Transfer Tape
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.
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.
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.
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!
Step 5: I proceeded by removing the negative vinyl (the vinyl that I was not going to use).
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.
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.
And voilà, we have ourselves 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.