It’s been almost 6 years since I gifted my parents with some very special Garden Art in You’ve Come a Long Way… and it was in need of an update.
In addition to adding “Penang, Malaysia” to their list of Places-Lived, they purchased a vacation home in North Carolina, aptly named Hakuna Matata for the abundant serenity, beauty, and relaxation it offers—in addition to providing the space for memories, family, friends and fun. #happyplace
Meanwhile, last Christmas I was gifted with a Cricut Maker* and have slowly learned to skim the surface of its possibilities.
*Although I use affiliate links, meaning I’d get a couple of pennies if you purchased this from me, Never Have I Ever earned enough to actually receive compensation.
So for my Dad’s birthday this year, I decided to give the gift of an updated, double set of signs using my Cricut Maker. One set for their home in Leander, the second set for Hakuna Matata.
As a frugal crafter, I prefer to use materials already on-hand rather than purchase anew. Because the table saw scares me, I voluntold my husband to cut some thin plywood that we had in the garage (maybe 3/16 thickness?).
As a problem solver, I chose the time-saving spray paint option rather than hand-painting with acrylics. And frugal means I used cans we already had… if I had it to do over, I would have replaced the dark blue (Yeadon and Penang) and dark purple (Limerick) with brighter colors.
I also pre-drilled two 1/4″ holes in each sign so that the wood wouldn’t crack when attaching it to the sign-post.
The only supply that I purchased for this project was Oracal 651 Premium Outdoor Vinyl.
I chose several different fonts that look more like fancy handwriting rather than computer generated. (Here’s the Cricut Pin for this project)
And I used the same website from my original creation to determine distances between each location: www.distancefromto.net.
Big, important lesson when using Cricut: the width of the project cannot be greater than 11.5″ unless you want to purchase the super long mat, the scroll of vinyl, or assemble several pieces. I’m frugal with both my crafting time and my money, so I edited the width of each sign accordingly.
Once I transferred the words to each sign, I used the sharp weeding tool to shape the vinyl around the pre-drilled holes so that when attaching them to the sign-post (with 1″ screws) the vinyl wouldn’t get snagged. And then sprayed a glossy finish.
The Garden Art looks fantastic and was a well-received surprise!