Ever wonder how to cut a stencil with your Silhouette that’s bigger than your machine? Check out how I did it with this Hand Lettered Rudolph Craft!
I love Christmas.
I turn into Buddy the Elf at 12am on November 1st and stay that way until New Years Day. I just
can’t don’t want to turn it off.
To me, nothing says Christmas like the old-school classic Christmas movies. As a kid I used to love cuddling on the couch under a soft blanket, the coal stove blasting heat in the background and sipping on a mug of hot chocolate while a Christmas movie played on the tv. My favorites were always Frosty and Rudolph, and I could watch them over and over and never get tired of them.
When it comes to Christmas decorations, I love making my own. I’ve gone all out the past couple of years and it’s been really fun. Lots of it is themed (like all my Harry Potter Ornaments) but I have some that are regular old Christmas decorations, like this Hand Lettered Rudolph Craft that I absolutely adore!
I kind of jumped on to the bandwagon a few years back and fell in love with calligraphy (like the rest of the world). I’ve been trying to teach myself how to do it but it’s hard. I have so much respect for anyone who does it and does it well.
I may also be a bit jealous of that skill. 🙊
And since everyone I know is into calligraphy and all things handmade right now I wanted to find the perfect hand drawn file to use for this project. Etsy has become one of my favorite places to find unique files, and that’s exactly where I found the reindeer! I ended up loving the shop owners work so much that I bought multiple files to decorate our home with.
This hand lettered Rudolph craft is:
- a little rustic,
- hand drawn, and
- so easy to make!
How to make your own Hand Lettered Rudolph Craft!
- Silhouette Cameo
- Stencil Vinyl (since making this project I started using Oramask 813 stencil vinyl. It’s amazing and I can’t recommend it enough!)
- Piece of wood (mine is 12 x 18)
- Wood Stain (I used this color)
- Mod Podge
- Red Glitter
- Paint Brushes
- Reindeer SVG File
PART ONE: How to prep your wood and cut the svg file bigger than your machine!
+ Stain your piece of wood and set it to the side while it dries.
NOTE: If you are using a Silhouette Cameo machine these next few steps WILL NOT apply to you. Click here to skip to the next step.
+ Since I own the Silhouette Portrait I can only cut designs as wide as 10 inches, which is how wide the Hand Lettered Rudolph Craft is. Go ahead and size your design so that it’s as wide as your cutting mat.
+ Because my piece of wood is much larger than my Silhouette cutting mat (and machine for that matter), I had to cut my design into three pieces so that it would fit on my wooden canvas. To do this, I used the slice tool and cut the antlers off of the reindeer.
PRO TIP: Make sure you select your design and hit “Make Compound Path”. Otherwise when you go to cut it the design will cut in a dozen small pieces. You do not want to waste your stencil material!
+ I then moved the face of the reindeer off my cutting mat and sent the antlers to cut.
PRO TIP: Ignore the settings that the Silhouette automatically picks for you. I had my blade set at 2 and double cut everything, and I still had to cut it three times to make sure that the blade cut all the way through the material!
+ Next, send the body of the reindeer to cut.
PART TWO: How to piece your Hand Lettered Rudolph Craft stencil together and get the white washed paint look on your wood!
+ Once both of your pieces are cut put a piece of transfer paper on top and piece the the three pieces together. You can see in the above picture where the ears and antlers have a small space in-between the face.
NOTE: If you are using a Cameo, weed the design then use your transfer tape to place it on top of your wood.
+ Next, paint a very light layer of mod podge over the Hand Lettered Reindeer craft. This keeps the paint from leaking under your stencil.
+ Once the mod podge is dry paint a layer of white paint over the entire piece of wood.
PRO TIP: The best way to paint a layer over the entire piece of wood is to mix the paint with a little bit of water. This thins out the paint and makes it easier to get a nice light coat on the piece of wood. I forgot to do that and I am so bummed!
+ You do not have to wait for the paint to be fully dry before pulling up your stencil!
+ Once everything is dry paint a light layer of polycrylic over the entire board.
+ Next, take a little bit of glue and put it over Rudolph’s nose and the the four “beams of light” coming from it. Then pour red glitter on top until every piece is covered. I poured the excess glitter into the trash can (I didn’t have much left over!).
This Rudolph craft would look perfect sitting by the fireplace with more Christmas decorations! I really hope hand lettered designs never go out of style. 😍
Make it a homemade holiday and do some crafts with the kids to make a really fun and personalized display.
- Buddy the Elf Christmas Cheer Art
- Cookies for Santa Plate
- Glitter Christmas Ornaments
- DIY Fabric Ornaments
- Frosty the Snowman Charger
more holiday inspiration!
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