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DIY Red Cardinal Remembrance Sign

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Create a meaningful remembrance sign for a loved one using vinyl and a sweet cardinal appliqué. 

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White wooden remembrance sign with red cardinal reads Cardinals appear when angels are near.

Hello Crafty Friends. Today I’m happy to share this very special project with, a cardinal remembrance sign. It makes a meaningful handmade gift for someone going through a difficult time. 

Many believe cardinals represent deceased loved ones watching over us. Spotting a cardinal can feel special, especially in times of great sorrow or need. This sign features a fabric cardinal created with my new cardinal appliqué pattern.

I created this sign using a small wooden board that I painted white. With the help of my Cricut Explore I added the text, “Cardinals appear when Angels are near” to the sign using black vinyl. I altered a file I found in Cricut Design Space so I could add one of my fabric appliqué cardinals to the sign. The cardinal appears to be sitting on a branch and the text fits around it the cardinal perfectly.

White wooden sign with red cardinal, vinyl design reads Cardinals appear when angels are near.

I love mixing fabric with wood and like the added texture an appliqué piece brings to a wooden sign. My sign is small, the wooden block I used measures about 7″ square. It is a nice size to set on a shelf or table.

My cardinal appliqué pattern includes 3 sizes and for this sign I used the smallest one, measuring 5″ tall. I created it by appliquéing scraps of red fabric onto a piece of stiffened felt. It is held together with fusible interfacing and asimple running stitch sewn by hand. I have used my cardinal appliqué pennants to make ornaments and even a winter wreath.

Red Cardinal Memorial Sign

Supplies Needed

Supplies including black vinyl, transfer tape, white acrylic paint, weeder, wooden sign and red cardinal appliqué sit on black cutting mat.

Step By Step Tutorial

Step One: Cut and weed the vinyl design. Open my Cricut Design Space file and cut the design out of black vinyl using your cutting machine. The text design is formatted to fit nicely around my 5″ cardinal appliqué. Be sure to hide both the cardinal layer and wood sign layer before cutting so you are only cutting the text.

Cardinal remembrance sign in Cricut Design Space software.

A cricut cutting machine cuts a piece of black vinyl.

Weed the vinyl image.

Text cut from black vinyl is weeded on a black cutting mat.

Step Two: Apply the vinyl design to the wooden sign. Use transfer tape to transfer the vinyl design to the wooden sign.

A piece of transfer tape is applied to the vinyl design using a scraper.

A piece of transfer tape with the vinyl design on it.

Position the vinyl so the cardinal will fit on the sign. I tested this out with the actual appliqué bird before applying the design.

Vinyl design is applied to the top of the square white wood sign with transfer tape.

Black vinyl design applied to the white wooden sign; design reads "Cardinals appear when angels are neat" with a black branch at the bottom.

Step Three: Attach the cardinal appliqué. Use hot glue to attach the cardinal so it appears to be sitting on the branch of the tree. I made the cardinal using my Cardinal Appliqué pattern, which includes a detailed picture tutorial. You can create it out of fabric as I did, or use felt. The pattern includes three different sizes. I used the small 5″ size.

A red felt and fabric appliqué bird is glued to the wooden sign so it appears to be sitting on a black branch.

A red fabric cardinal glued to the wood sign on top of the vinyl branch.

The sign is complete and ready to be gifted to someone special. 

White wooden sign with red cardinal, vinyl design reads Cardinals appear when angels are near.

Where do I get the Files? 

  • The text design cut from vinyl can be found in Cricut Design Space.
  • The cardinal appliqué pattern is available in my shop. It comes with three different sizes and a detailed picture tutorial for making the pennant out of fabric or felt.

Purchase this file from my shop! Thank you for supporting my small business :)

Happy Crafting! -Kim

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