Grab the free mason jar SVG design and make your own rustic inspired mason jar sing!
Have you ever gone back to a craft project you made years ago and thought, I could’ve done this better? Especially knowing what you know now?
That’s exactly how I feel about this mason jar sign.
Knowing what I know now I could’ve saved myself a lot of headache and stress. And I want to teach you how to rock your wood signs so you don’t have the steep learning curve I did!
This rustic fall sign can be an easy beginner craft for those who are just starting out. Especially if you buy the right kind of wood and use the right kind of vinyl.
It can also be a huge headache if you skip steps or cut corners.
So let’s talk about what you need and answer some common questions about this rustic inspired mason jar sign!
What materials do you need to make this mason jar sign?
- Adhesive vinyl from Expressions Vinyl
- A wood sign from Hobby Lobby
- Flowers from Hobby Lobby
- Wood stain (if your sign isn’t pre painted like the one linked above)
- White chalk paint (again, you only need this if your sign isn’t pre painted)
Can you use Silhouette or Cricut Brand vinyl for this sign?
I would recommend that you don’t use it because (in my experience) the vinyl doesn’t hold up as well.
I like to invest in good, premium vinyl which is why I almost always buy from Expressions Vinyl. Their shipping is super fast and you can usually find a sale going on to get even better prices.
What type of wood sign should you look for?
Your wood should be smooth if you are going to make a sign.
The wood I used was rough and no amount of sanding would’ve fixed it. That was the way the wood was and vinyl does not stick to something that is rough. You need a smooth surface.
If you don’t want to make your own sign, Hobby Lobby has a wide range of unfinished wood signs that you can use. The one linked here comes in 3 sizes and is smooth so there is no prep work.
However, if you want to make your own sign from start to finish you should get unfinished wood from Home Depot or Lowes. And you must sand your wood before you apply the vinyl!
What if my vinyl isn’t sticking to the wood?
Usually this happens if the vinyl isn’t on a smooth surface.
If you cannot sand your wood (or you choose not to, even though I advise against that), try painting a light layer of mod podge on the wood and then apply the vinyl.
Could you use stencil vinyl instead of adhesive vinyl?
Of course! It really is personal preference in how you want your piece to look once it is finished.
You will still need to sand your wood if you’re using unfinished wood though!