I love using vinyl to make signs on wood, but I often worry that the vinyl won’t stand up over time. When I found an adorable pineapple shaped cutting board, I knew I wanted to make a sign that was both cute and durable. I have found that the very best way to do that is with resin. You can seal the vinyl of your sign under a layer of glossy vinyl for a polished, long-lasting finish. Here is how to make your own beautiful resin-covered vinyl sign.
Supplies needed to make the pineapple sign:
- EnviroTex Lite
- Wooden sign or cutting board
- Adhesive vinyl
- Transfer tape
- A digital cutting machine
- Two cups
- Stir sticks
Begin by cutting your design out of adhesive vinyl using a digital cutting machine. Weed out an excess vinyl and then transfer the design to the cutting board with transfer tape.
Make sure to run your finger over the entire design to ensure it is fully adhered to the cutting board.
Now it’s time for the fun part! Carefully mix 4 ounces of EnviroTex Lite together, using the two-cup method. Add 2 ounces each of resin and hardener to a cup, and stir it well for two minutes. Carefully pour the mixture into a second cup, and stir for an additional minute. While you are stirring, be sure to scrape down the sides of the cup too.
Elevate the cutting board on a block inside of a cardboard box. There will be resin run-off, so you need to protect your work surface. Then slowly pour the resin mixture all over the cutting board. You can use the stir stick to guide the flow of resin, if you need to.
As the resin begins to flow over the sides of the cutting board, you can use a paintbrush to remove excess drips on the edges.
After you pour the resin, you will notice bubbles in the resin. You can pop them by blowing on them or by applying the heat from a hand-held propane torch. Hold the flame about 6 inches away from the resin and the bubbles will pop from the heat. Cover the project and let it sit for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes have passed, check on your project again. If there are remaining bubbles in the resin, repeat the same process you used earlier to pop the bubbles. Cover and let the project cure for 6-8 hours or overnight.
When the resin has cured you will have a perfect shiny protective surface sealing your vinyl saying in place!
It was difficult for me to photograph just what an amazing shine the EnviroTex Lite gives the sign. It’s like the wooden cutting board now has a glassy surface. This is an incredible way to make your homemade projects look polished and professional.
Jessica Hill is the creative mind behind the blog, Mad in Crafts. For nearly 9 years, Jessica has shared crazy good creativity from her Mad House to yours. When she’s not creating, Jessica loves the Detroit Tigers, craft beer, and spending time with her family and rescue dog.