Find Me At the Lake Summer Vinyl Sign | Occasionally Crafty: Find Me At the Lake Summer Vinyl Sign

May 16, 2016

Find Me At the Lake Summer Vinyl Sign

If “summer” to you means spending days on the lake, you’re going to love this Easy Vinyl “Find Me at the Lake” Sign!
 If you've been following me for a while, you know that one of my favorite things to make is vinyl signs.  I created this one for I Heart Naptime last summer, but I knew it was time to share the full tutorial for you today.
Easy Vinyl Sign by Occasionally Crafty
I grew up in Illinois, in a town caught between the Midwestern prairie and the big city of Chicago.  While big Lake Michigan was just an hour’s drive down the freeway, it’s not what I think of when I think “lake”.
Summers on the lake are like The Cove, Lake Billy Chinook, where my husband spent his summers with his family up in Oregon.  If you’re lucky, you have a boat to take out and spend the day on the water, but if not, you’re just as happy to camp out on the shore with a blanket, some chairs, and a cooler full of food.
Summers on the lake mean canoeing at our yearly girls’ camp, where someone always “falls” into the water.
Summers on the lake mean leaving TV and video games behind, and enjoying the beauty nature has to offer “away from it all”.
Are you now, or were you lucky enough to spend your summer on a lake?  I’d love to hear about it!

Supplies:

  • 12×12 blank wood plaque (I found mine at Michaels)
  • White or cream paint and paintbrush
  • Navy vinyl
  • Gray vinyl
  • Transfer tape
  • Scraper, vinyl squeegee, or credit card
This vinyl design was made by me and designed in Silhouette Studio.  I used part of this shape from the Silhouette store to make my design.

Instructions:

1.  Cut your vinyl design and weed away the extra vinyl.  You will have to cut all the navy blue parts together, then the gray parts.
2.  Since this is a multicolor design, you will place them one section at a time.  It may be helpful to draw a line in light pencil on your plaque to help you line up the words.
3.  Using transfer tape, pick up your vinyl, then place it sticky side down on the plaque.
4.  Rub firmly with your scraper, vinyl squeegee, or credit card to make sure vinyl adheres firmly to your plaque.
5.  Remove transfer tape slowly and carefully, making sure vinyl remains on the plaque.  Depending on the quality of your vinyl, this may take some time and careful effort.
Easy Vinyl Sign by Occasionally Crafty
You can see a step-by-step tutorial I did using vinyl and a plate here.
I would display this by placing it on a shelf, but you could add a ribbon or a sawtooth hanger to place on the wall.  This would make a great addition to your lake house, or to give as a hostess gift when you stay in someone else’s house or cabin!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
If you like vinyl crafts, check out my “Special Date” Wall Canvas
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