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Model Signage Projects

In the last ten years, I have seen hundreds of examples of "craft" signs made with the use of a craftcutter. Many "hand-painted" "farmhouse" signs were obviously done with stencils created on craftcutters.

The same technology can be used on models, at least down to a certain scale.

Several friends have used their craftcutters to relabel their rolling stock for their railroads. Others have used them to provide signage for their buildings, or billboards, etc.

Applications include using "permanent" vinyl applied directly, one-time use vinyl stencils, and stencils made from "stencil" stock that can be used over and over.

With the newer craftcutters able to cut thicker stock, raised lettering for building signs is quite easy.

We are just getting started in listing such examples, but we hope to grow the list as we see - or create - more signage projects that fit in this category.

Here is what we have so far:

  • Using a craftcutter to turn a mailbox into a 'See Rock City' barn.  Click to go to article.Creating "See Rock City" Signage with a Craftcutter - I have barely scratched the surface on what you can do with a Cricut, Silhouette, or similar machine, but I've been inspired by friends who use them for all sorts of projects, including signage. Here's one of my attempts, inspired by finding an old black barn-shaped mailbox at a flea market last year.

    This article is on our site, which we created because the craftcutter information we were posting had applications beyond any one of our existing sites. If you have or are considering a Cricut, Silhouette, or similar machine, we may have content to help you.

    Click on the photo to see the article

  • Using purple spray paint and orange vinyl lettering to convert a Bachmann Big Hauler set into a Halloween-themed train.Making a Ghost Train - from our site, using orange vinyl lettering cut on a Cricut Explore to relable a repainted Bachmann Big Hauler set for Halloween. It's mostly included here for tips about using craftcutters to label Large Scale rolling stock.

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  • Western-style business names in stencil-friendly lettering.  Right-click to download the .svg file.Stencil-Friendly Western Business Names - Here are graphics from another page showing Western-style business names in stencil-friendly typefaces. To download the .svg versions of these graphics on a Windows PC, right-click on the links below and select the "Save link as" option. (Sorry, I don't remember the equivalent Apple command, but if you have an Apple, you probably know it already.)

We're just getting started on this part of the site, and we would love to see your examples. Please contact us if you have anything to share.


I realize that so far our reference material outweighs our project material, but we're just getting started. Hopefully, we've provided a necessary foundation for other articles and resources I hope to provide shortly.

In addition, if you've been thinking about getting a cutter for your own or your club's purposes, I hope this helps you avoid any critical mistakes.

Watch this page: more articles are in the works.

As always, we want to hear your suggestions, criticisms, additions, etc. Enjoy your hobbies, and especially any time you can spend with your family in the coming months!


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