GIANT Valentine’s Day Banner ❤️ A Fun Cricut Valentine Project
Get ready for the season of love with this giant Valentine’s Day banner.
This is a fun Cricut Valentine project to make from cardstock that can be re-used year after year.
This is an “off-the-mat” project, which means that it ends up bigger than a Cricut machine can cut when it’s all finished.
The bottom pieces come in sections that are stuck together to create the supersized design.
So, despite the huge 27-inch size, it can still be cut on a regular sized Cricut mat from A4, US Letter or 12×12 inch cardstock.
You can add some ribbon in the top if you want to hang it up, or simply prop it up on a shelf without the ribbon using the flat bottomed edge.
Materials supply list
Here is a list of the materials that I used to make this project.
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- Cricut machine
- Light blue Cricut cutting mat
- Coloured Card
- Collall All Purpose Glue or similar
- Needle Tip Applicator Bottle
- 3D foam pads
- Sticky tape
- Washi tape / painters tape / masking tape (optional)
- Twine or ribbon to hang the sign (optional)
This project is suitable for the following types of Cricut machine: Explore Air 2, Explore Air 3, Maker, Maker 3, Venture and Joy Xtra.
Watch the video below to see how to make this project. Keep scrolling for a written tutorial.
Written tutorial (with photos!)
Here’s how to make your very own giant Valentine’s Day craft using a Cricut machine!
Step 1) Download the cutting file(s) & unzip the downloaded folder
Download the files using the box below.
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Before you upload the SVG to Design Space, you need to unzip the download folder that it comes in.
Step 2) Upload the SVG file into Design Space
Open up Cricut Design Space and start a new Project.
Click “Upload” and then find your unzipped version of the downloaded files for this project.
The file to upload for Cricut Design Space is the one called svg-valentines-sign-craftwithsarah.svg
This is how it should look after you have uploaded the file:
Make sure you upload the file which starts svg- in the filename!!
After uploading, the design will show in your “Recently Uploaded Images”.
Click on it and then press “Add to Canvas” to put it onto your Project.
It should load in at just about 27 inches wide and 13.75 inches tall, which means it can be cut on 12×12 inch and A4 sized paper.
If you are cutting from US Letter paper then resize it slightly smaller to around 25-26 inches wide. Make sure the padlock icon above the width/height box is closed when you resize so that the height changes in proportion when you reduce the width.
Step 3) Cut out all the layers
When you’re happy with how the project is looking in Design Space, click “Make” and follow the instructions on-screen to cut out all the layers.
To change the paper size, go into the dropdowns over on the left side of the screen and choose the paper size that you want to use. You need to change it for every single colour.
To save space on your cardstock, you can move things around by clicking and dragging. Make sure when you’re moving things about that nothing overlaps because otherwise, it won’t cut out properly.
TIP: New to cutting cardstock with a Cricut? Check out this in-depth tutorial which goes through every step of the process, including tips for getting the best quality cuts from your Cricut.
Step 4) Stick the base together
The download folder contains an Assembly Guide PDF file. Have this open on your computer or print it out so that you can refer to it when sticking the design together.
Take the six pieces that make up the very bottom of the sign.
Position them so that the edges overlap and the cutout shapes perfectly line up so that you can see your work surface through the holes.
Optionally, use washi tape, masking tape or painters tape to hold the pieces in position so that they don’t move as you start to glue them.
If using the tape, carefully remove the tape, one piece at a time and glue it to the other pieces along the sections that overlap.
I decided to be risky and try sticking it together without taping it down first. 😁
Keep going until all of the pieces are glued.
When the glue has completely dried, turn it upside down and add sticky tape down all the join lines for extra stability.
Step 5) Add the second large pink layer
Take the six pieces that make up the next layer and line them up against the existing sign background.
Do NOT stick them to the sign yet!
Instead, glue the new pieces to each other.
You may wish to use some more washi tape to hold them in position whilst you are gluing them.
When the glue is completely dry, turn it upside down and add sticky tape down all the join lines.
Add foam squares to the back. You will need LOTS!!
Make sure there is a good amount of foam in the middle of the section as well as around the edge.
Stick the piece to the sign.
If you want to hang up the sign when it’s finished, thread some strong ribbon or twine through the two circles near the top of the design.
In the photo below, I accidentally only threaded the ribbon through the second pink layer.
You should thread it through the holes of both the very bottom layer and the new one that you just attached, that way the ribbon between the hearts is hidden.
Step 6) Add the decorations and lettering to the sign
Follow the assembly guide to add the rest of the decorations and letters to the sign, using a combination of glue and foam squares.
A higher quality version of these assembly sheets are included in your download folder.
Valentine’s Day giant sign
Phew, that is the giant Valentine’s Day sign all finished!
I love how all the reds and pinks look together; it’s so pretty!
If you enjoyed making this giant sign and would like some more to add to your collection, here is a list of the other off-the-mat papercraft projects that I have designed:
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