With Valentines Day right around the corner I decided to take a page out of the bible and make a little sign with the famous quote from 1 Corinthians 13. You know… the one that says: love is patient, love is kind. It has the perfect feeling for Valentines Day but it can totally be used year round… and like a lot of couples we had this verse read at our wedding. So it’s a tripe threat!
The best part is that this little sign was quick and easy to make. From start to finish the entire project took about 30 minutes! Ready to get started on your very own Valentines Day 1 Corinthians 13 sign?
- Cricut Maker
- Cricut SVG Files (FREE at the bottom of this post)
- Fine Point Blade
- Cricut Standard Grip Mat (that’s the green one!)
- Weeding Tool
- Hot Glue Gun/Hot Glue
- Felt Flowers (you can follow the tutorial at the bottom of this post)
- Mini Easy Press
- Metallic Rose Gold Iron On
- Black Iron On
- White Sign
Step 1: Cut and Weed the Design
Go ahead and download your SVG’s from the bottom of this post and then upload them to cricut design space. I’ve color coded the SVG file to cut the “Love” at the beginning of the sign and the “love never fails” at the bottom of the post in one color vinyl (I picked rose gold) and the rest of the items in black.
That will make cutting these babies out super quick!
Make sure to mirror your design so that the words cut out properly, pop your iron-on onto a standard grip mat (with the clear plastic covering side down) and then cut the entire design out with a standard cutting blade.
The black iron-on and the rose gold took about 10 minutes to cut out total! The black lettering portion of the quote took a while but all in all that’s pretty darn fast!
Ready for weeding? Use your little weeding tool to take all of the negative bits and bobs out of the design. You want your letters and stamps to be left on the carrier sheet and the tiny insides or the o’s and e’s to be long gone.
This step is probably the most tedious… although you can pull most of the outside vinyl off in one fell swoop.
Step 2: Iron On Your Design!
Now I know what you’re thinking… Iron On on wood? I know you can use regular permanent vinyl but since the mini easy press came out I am absolutely obsessed with iron on on wood (check out the “Dear Santa” sign I made for Christmas!). It bonds quickly, you don’t have to fool around with transfer tape and it seems to bond to every nook and cranny of the wood whereas permanent vinyl simply sticks over the holes.
It may come down to personal preference but I feel like I get a stronger bond with the Iron On… so I’m going to keep doing it!
Let’s get started! Go ahead and heat up your mini easy press… put it on the middle heat setting and let it heat up.
In the meantime you can take all of the little pieces and lay them out on your sign. Cut the plastic carrier sheet at the bottom of the black lettering so that the “love never fails” letters can fit right below them.
Then it’s time to start ironing! Start in the middle of your quote and hold your easy press in place for about 5 seconds at a time. Then with circular motions slowly move the easy press outward to the edges.
Make sure to do the entire word/stamp section/row before moving on and do the entire quote and the “love never fails” section before moving on to the next step!
Step 3: Remove the Carrier Sheet
Ready to remove the clear plastic carrier sheet and reveal the awesomeness that is iron on vinyl?
Once you’ve gone over all the letters and they are firmly bonded to the sheet it’s time to remove the clear plastic. Make sure it’s cool to the touch and then slowly start to peel back the carrier sheet leaving the iron on behind! If any of the little letters aren’t quite bonded to the wood simply press them down with the easy press (over the carrier sheet) for a couple seconds… then peel up the carrier sheet!
Once you’ve done the entire quote you can layer the little rose gold “Love” at the top of the sign and hit it with your easy press for about 5 seconds. Because my sign has a ridge around the edge I wanted to do the love word last so that I could be extra careful with the flourish on the L.
Luckily it went on smoothly and didn’t have any problems!
I made sure to cut the carrier sheet around my “Love” word big enough for my mini easy press but in case you need a little more room just place a protective sheet over the black lettering. No matter what you always want to have a plastic carrier sheet of some kind in-between the easy press and the iron-on.
Otherwise you’ll melt the iron on!
(Optional) Step 4: Add Felt Flowers
Alright y’all now we’re done with our sign! I had a bit of negative space at the top of my sign that was left blank. I liked it blank but I’m always up for adding felt flowers to a project… they make me happy!
So I grabbed the hot glue gun and added a few (five) felt flowers, beads and leaves to the top right corner of my sign. I always have a few felt flowers laying around since I love using them but if you don’t have any (get ready for a new obsession) you can follow my tutorial for making your own flowers at the bottom of this post.
I simply arranged them on my sign and then hot glued them in place. Easy peezy.
Ready to see the finished sign?
I absolutely love it! I’ve wanted a sign with the full 1 Corinthians 13 verse since we got married and now I have one. I know it was suppose to be a Valentines Day project but it’s just so pretty I really think I’m going to give in to my temptation and leave it out year round.
I mean… why not?!
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