Thanksgiving with my Gnomies Sign – HVT on Wood DIY

Nov 16, 2020 | Corner

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Well it’s that time of year again.  Yes, fall is in full swing, Halloween is done, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner!  That means it’s time to decorate the house for Turkey day!

This year I really got into the Farmhouse decor (must be the new dining table we got for our kitchen) and I’ve been scouring the shops for Rae Dunn cermics.  I was lucky enough to find a bunch of fall ceramics that are perfect for Thanksgiving!  I love the white pumpkins! They make a great starting block for a table scape, all that’s needed is a pop of color!

Using my Cricut Maker and Easy Press 2 I made the burlap table runner and the wooden sign with HTV vinyl.  HTV vinyl is my new favorite and I’m really loving gnomes this year!   Click here to learn how to make this no sew burlap table runner!

Today I’ll share this adorable wooden Thanksgiving with my Gnomies sign.  And yes I used HTV iron on transfers to make it.  You’re probably thinking what?  Who uses heat transfer vinyl on wood? I know I used to think I had to use regular vinyl on hard surfaces, and the HTV was only for fabric.  But how wrong I was!

HTV iron on transfers work great on wood.  Really!  Because wood surfaces have a grain getting regular vinyl to stick can be a challenge.  But HTV transfers stick on great, they conform to the grain of the wood.

To make the transfers I modified gnome files that I downloaded for free from Digitalist Designs and SVG Crush. What I did was download the Valentine Gnome from Digitalist Designs and the St. Patrick’s Gnome from SVG Crush. 

Click here for the Valentine Gnome!

Click here for the St. Patrick’s Gnome!

Once I had them on my laptop I uploaded them to my Cricut Design Space. Then I had to ungroup them, remove the heart and clover each gnome was holding, modify the space the heart left on the beard (I welded a circle in the space the heart left), then add the leaf, pumpkin, and acorn the gnomes are holding.  Of course I also changed the hat colors.  When I was satisfied with the gnomes I then grouped them all together.

I used Stay Outside font and Champagne & Limousine font both free from, one of my favorites places to get free fonts!  Read they terms of use as many of the free fonts are for personal use only meaning you can’t it.

Click here for Stay Outside font!

Click here for Champagne & Limousine font!

Once I was happy with the design I the vinyl using the Cricut Maker then pressed them on to the wood with the Easy Press 2.

To iron on set the temperature to 300F, preheat the wood 5 seconds then place the vinyl on the wood, place wood on a mat, cover transfer with teflon sheet, and press firmly with the Easy Press 2 for 45 second.  Remove transfer film when it’s cool to the touch.

Since the design is in several layers you will have to iron on each layer.  I started with the hats, then the beards.  Once those were on I ironed on the noses, hat pompoms, and items they are holding.  Then iron on the hands holding the items and the feet/pants.  Once the gnomes are on well iron on the words.

If you have a Design Space account you can see my project here!

My wood sign measures 12″ x 5.5″ and I got it from Walmart.  You can use any size wood you want, but you’ll have to resize the images to fit.

I hope you love this design as much as I do.  You can use it on T-shirts, aprons, or whatever you want to.  If you do make something with this design, please share it with us.  We’d love to see your project!

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