Are you looking for a step by step tutorial for how to make Santa’s Magic Key for Christmas? Maybe you’re looking for a FREE Santa’s Magic SVG or printable? Want to make a special DIY Christmas gift for someone special? Well, you’ve come to the right place!
We’re going to show you the entire step by step tutorial for making a Santa’s magic key! This complete tutorial will show you how to create a sign where Santa’s magic key can hang…waiting for Santa’s arrival. This sign can hang on your front porch or inside your home.
Our finishing touches make this DIY sign look professionally made. We used a lot of farmhouse style when designing and creating this sign but you could make this any colors you want by switching out paint, ribbon or vinyl colors. Okay…let’s see how the final Santa’s magic key sign turned out!
How Cute is This EASY DIY Santa’s Magic Key!?!?
DIY Santa’s Magic Key Supplies
This Santa’s Magic Key sign is a fun DIY Christmas craft to make for family, friends, kids or grandkids who don’t have a chimney for Santa to come down. You can use our FREE SVG to create a sign of almost any size to display in your home for kids to see. This tutorial uses a premade blank wood sign that is 5 x 7 but you could also go with 8 x 10 blank sign and make your SVG larger in Cricut design space to compensate. Shoot for a sign blank that is rectangular in shape for best results.
- Cricut Cutting Machine
- Premade Blank Wood Sign Measuring 5 x 7 inches (or make your own if you’re handy)
- Vintage Decorative Key
- Black Permanent Adhesive Vinyl
- Transfer Tape
- Cricut Scraping Tool
- Cricut Weeding Tool
- Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue
- White Acrylic Paint
- Standard Grip Mat
- Small White Screw Hook
- Black Gingham Ribbon
- Our FREE Santa’s Magic Key SVG (download at the bottom of the page)
How to Make a Santa’s Magic Key Sign Step by Step
STEP 1: Paint Your Wood Sign Blank & Glue Down Ribbon
Gather all of your supplies and start warming up your Cricut Cutting Machine. Take a paintbursh and paint the Premade Blank Wood Sign Measuring 5 x 7 inches with White Acrylic Paint. For this project I found that two coats are required to get full coverage.
Glue the black and white gingham ribbon (or ribbon color/design of your choice to the outside of the sign blank with a Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue.
STEP 2: Upload Our FREE Santa’s Magic Key SVG
Download our FREE Santa’s Magic Key SVG from our FREE printables library. The link to our FREE printables library is located at the bottom of this web page. Upload the image to Cricut Design Space (or any cutting machine software). Size the SVG to roughly 5.3 inches by 4.3 inches to fit the Premade Blank Wood Sign Measuring 5 x 7 inches.
If you are using a larger sign blank (like an 8 x 10 blank sign) , this is the step where you would make the SVG larger. For larger signs, you can mock up how big you want the lettering to be and adjust accordingly in the cutting software.
STEP 3: Place Vinyl on Cutting Mat & Load
STEP 4: Cut the Vinyl Lettering
Hit the “Make it” button in Cricut design space. Make sure everything looks correct on the preview screen. This preview shows the area that will be cut from the vinyl and the exact location on the mat where the cut will take place. If you’re happy hit “continue”.
STEP 5: Load Mat and Cut
If you don’t already have the fine-point Cricut blade loaded in your machine you can do that now. Select the appropriate material which should be vinyl. Place the mat with the vinyl into the machine touching the rollers. Hit the double arrow button on the machine to load the mat into the machine. Hit go in Cricut design space to start cutting the vinyl.
STEP 6: Peel & Weed Away Unwanted Vinyl Area
Slowly peel away the Black Permanent Adhesive Vinyl with your Cricut Weeding Tool. Pull away any remaining negative (unwanted) bits of black vinyl with the hook until you have the final product you want to go on to your sign.
STEP 7: Transfer Cut Design to Transfer Paper
Next we’ll transfer the lettered design onto the painted sign blank. To do this we’ll cut a piece of clear Transfer Tape the same size as the design we just cut on the Cricut machine.
We are going to slowly add the Transfer Tape to the design while working out any air pockets or bubbles with the Cricut Scraping Tool. Do this until the transfer tape has been completely applied. This simple step can save some later headaches down the road on this project.
Next, turn the entire design facing downwards and begin gently pulling the black vinyl’s adhesive backing away from the transfer paper. Start at one corner and slowly roll it away.
STEP 8: Place Cut Vinyl On Sign
Now that the vinyl is loaded onto the Transfer Tape you can clearly see and position the cut lettering onto the sign blank. Use a ruler to do some measurements so that it is equally spaced from the edges of the sign. It should be right justified so that you have room to place the Vintage Decorative Key.
When you have the lettering where you want it use the Cricut Scraping Tool and run it back and forth across the lettering to adhere it to the sign and remove air pockets or bubbles.
When complete, slowly & carefully remove the transfer paper by starting at a corner and slowly rolling the transfer tape off the wood sign. Some letters on this SVG design are small. Be careful when removing and use your scraper or weeding tool to hold down the vinyl as your remove the transfer tape.
STEP 8: Screw on the Hook & Add the Key
Screw in a white hook in the top left hand corner for Santa’s magic key to hang on. Hang the sign near your front door so Santa can easily find the key!
I hope you enjoyed making our DIY Santa’s Magic Key Sign! Our FREE Santa’s Magic Key SVG for this project is located inside of our FREE printables library. Instructions for how to join and get the password to our huge printables library are below. You can find this SVG download in the holidays section of our library.
If you love Easy Christmas crafts and DIYs as much as we do you might want to check out some of our other tutorials like the Grinch Cricut Ornament +FREE Grinch SVG FREE Printable Chalkboard Christmas Gift Tags, FREE Printable Christmas Monogram Wall Art and Trendy DIY 3D Christmas Cards.