Create a beautiful wooden welcome sign featuring a painted watering can and handmade paper flowers! This fun alternative to a wreath is perfect for spring and summer!
Hello Crafty Friends! Looking for a new welcome sign for your door this spring and summer? I’ve got just the project! This watering can welcome sign is a fun alternative to a traditional wreath.
This sign can be made using a Cricut cutting machine and my Cricut Design Space file. The colorful paper flowers that decorate the sign are simple to make using a cutting machine. The watering can is the focal point of the sign and it can be added two ways; using white vinyl or using stencil vinyl and acrylic paint.
I chose to cut out a stencil on my Cricut Explore using Stencil Film, then I used the stencil to paint the watering can using my favorite outdoor paint, DecoArt Patio Paint. The trick to getting nice, crisp lines is applying a layer of Mod Podge to the stencil before your layer of paint. This way the clear Mod Podge is what seeps under the stencil and not the white paint!
For this sign I also chose to stain my own wood round. I used DecoArt Gel Stain which I have used before to stain embroidery hoops. As someone who has not stained many things, I find the gel stain easy to use a quick to do.
Below is the tutorial for making your own Watering Can Welcome Sign. I hope you enjoy making it! Don’t forget to use my Cricut Design Space file.
DIY Spring and Summer Welcome Sign
- Cricut Design Space File
- 14″ Wood Round (measured 13.75″ wide)
- DecoArt Americana Gel Stain in Maple – it is also available in Walnut, Oak or as a Multi-Pack with all three
- Paint brush and paper towel for staining the wood
- Cricut Stencil Film
- Cricut Transfer Tape
- Mod Podge Matte
- DecoArt Patio Paint in Cloud White (you can also purchase this as part of a Fan Favorite Sampler Set like I did)
- Mini Pouncer
- Cardstock for flowers – I used 80lb solid core cardstock by Park Lane
- Ribbon for hanging
- Hot Glue
- Cricut Cutting Machine – You’ll need an Explore or Maker to cut the stencil
- Standard cutting mat
- Cricut Tools
Staining the Wood Round
Start by staining the wood round using Gel Stain. Cover the board with the stain using a paintbrush or foam brush, then use a piece of paper towel to rub the stain in and remove any excess.
Cutting The Stencil with Cricut
While the board is drying, cut out the watering can stencil using your Cricut cutting machine, Stencil Film, and my Design Space file. My round board measured 13.75″ so I cut my watering can as large as possible while still fitting it on my 12″ cutting mat.
Cut the watering can using Cricut Stencil Film and reverse weed the image so you are removing the areas you want painted, leaving the background in tact.
Use Transfer Tape to transfer the stencil to the wooden board. Lay the Transfer tape over the watering can and go over it with your Cricut scraper. Carefully peel off the paper that is backing the stencil at a 45 degree angle.
Use the Transfer Tape to place the image on the wooden round, then promptly remove it. Don’t leave the Transfer Tape on the wood round too long to avoid leaving marks. The stencil will not cover the borders of the round board so if you want, cover these areas with painters tape. I chose not to but that meant I needed to be extra careful painting.
Painting the Watering Can
Before painting the watering can apply a thin layer of Mod Podge. The Mod Podge will dry clear so if it seeps under the stencil it won’t show up. This is key to keeping the white paint from seeping under the edges of the stencil and to getting nice, crisp paint lines.
Once the Mod Podge is dry, use the white acrylic paint to cover the stencil. I used a pouncer and an up-and-down motion to keep the paint from being pushed under the stencil. I did a couple layers of white paint to get better coverage.
Let the paint dry a little bit, then very carefully remove the stencil film. Use your Cricut weeding tool to remove the small pieces of the design.
Making the Paper Flowers
Decorate the watering can sign with handmade paper flowers. These are easier to make than you think using your cutting machine! After cutting the flowers, you simply roll them and secure the flower with hot glue.
Roll the flowers starting with the outer end. I used my scoring stylus but you can also use a paper quilling tool. Keep rolling until you get to the center of the flower then gently release the roll slightly until you like the look of the flower. Glue it to the round base at the center of the flower using hot glue.
Repeat for all of the flowers! I made extras so I could play around with the arrangement. Also don’t forget to cut leaves and greenery from a couple different shades of green cardstock.
Decorate the Wood Sign with Paper Flowers
Arrange the flowers on the wooden sign starting with the greenery. You may need to cut apart the greenery so it fits better.
Once I had an arrangement I liked, I took a picture with my phone and started attaching the pieces with hot glue. Taking the picture helped since I had to remove the flowers in order to glue them down and it acted as a great guide.
Attach the Ribbon
Lastly, attach a ribbon for hanging and the wood sign is finished! I love the way this wood welcome sign turned out!