I have to tell you, as much as I absolutely love fall, I’m definitely over having all of that orange, red, and yellow take over my house when I decorate. So starting last year with my front porch and my Easy Neutral Fall Wreath, I began to decorate with softer, more neutral tones. This year, beginning with this Autumn Wood Banner, I’m planning to continue this color scheme but I’ll also add in some soft pinks and purples. I know, that doesn’t seem very autumn-like but just wait and see. It’s definitely Fall, just a softer version of it.
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Autumn Wood Banner
- Cricut Explore or Newer
- Cricut Design Space and Cricut Access
- Light Grip Mat
- Cricut Washi Sheets, Woodland
- Transfer Tape
- Weeder Tool
- Wood Banner Pieces
Autumn Wood Banner Steps
1: Open a Project in Cricut Design Space and create an individual text box for the first letter of the word you’ll be using. I chose AUTUMN. Change the font to Cricut’s “Cindy Loo” (Free with Cricut Access) or another font of your choosing. Delete the extra font background and resize it to fit your wood piece.
2: Then just duplicate that letter a few more times and change the letters to make your word as shown.
3: Click through to cut the letters out on your washi sheet (I used the brown polka dot sheet.) If Design Space tries to spread your letters over two mats and you know they should fit, try scooting them around and attaching them together first. Make sure to select the Custom Settings on your Cricut machine dial and select Washi Sheet in Design Space. Also, make sure you use a Light Grip Mat.
4: Cut the letters out into individual chunks and weed out the unwanted areas around the letters or the negative space.
5: Apply your transfer tape to your first washi letter, making sure to smooth it down well. You won’t need a very strong transfer tape and something like clear contact paper or masking tape would work just fine.
6: Carefully place your letter onto your wood banner piece and rub the areas with the washi to make sure it’s sticking to the wood. Slowly peel back the transfer tape, smoothing the letter down as you go. Repeat for all of your letters.
7: Pull your string through all of the wood banner pieces, leaving approximately the same amount extra on each end.
That’s it! As far as Cricut projects go, making this Autumn Wood Banner with Cricut’s Washi Sheets was pretty quick and stress-free. The washi sheets are actually easier to work with than vinyl in my opinion. The banner has been hanging for over 12 hours now and the letters haven’t tried to peel off and it’s super humid here. I especially like that I could very easily remove these washi letters if I decided to use these wood banner pieces again for something else and who doesn’t love versatility with holiday decorations?
If you’re looking for even more fresh Fall craft ideas, be sure to stop by All Free Holiday Crafts and see all the new projects they post each day!
Would you like to see some more gorgeous Cricut projects? I’ve teamed up with 7 other crafty bloggers for our monthly Craft & Create Cricut Challenge to show you how you can make your own lovely goodies with your Cricut!
Fall Embroidery Hoop Wreath from Weekend Craft • DIY Fall Porch Sign from Cookies Coffee and Crafts • Easy DIY Fall Sign Upright and Caffeinated • Felt Flower Fall Wreath from Create & Babble • Easy Fall Decor from Daily DIY Life • Autumn Wood Banner from the Inspiration Vault • Pumpkin Stuffie from The How-To Home
Hi, I’m Marie! I just built my first home (yay!) and I’m decorating it from the ground up. I decided to refocus my blogging efforts to include this exciting journey. Elle Marie Home (formerly The Inspiration Vault) will continue to provide great DIY and craft project ideas and tutorials, I’m just expanding my scope to include home decor, home improvement, and more advanced DIY projects.