It is Christmas in July! It is never too early to start thinking about Christmas, right? Tell me you feel the same as I do, and confirm that I am not a little crazy! It is such a fun time of year.
At Christmas time, it is so easy to make wonderful, lasting family memories in the simplest of ways. This DIY Screen Print Santa Sack is the perfect project to do just that. Personalize an old or plain canvas sack with your child’s name and add a touch of the Christmas spirit with a cute Christmas screenprint added.
Trust me they will love seeing this special bag year after year. I can’t wait to see what things I can add to my kid’s special Santa Sack. I’ll start shopping now to get ahead of the game! How about you?
How to make a DIY Santa Sack
Today I am going to tell you exactly how to make your DIY Santa sack using screen print. Be sure to grab your free file as well as the supplies below! Once you have downloaded your file and grabbed your supplies you will be ready to make your very own DIY Screen printed Santa sacks! They turn out so cute and are perfect to use year after year!
Supplies needed to make your DIY screen print santa sack
- Canvas Sack
- Speedball Screen Printing Kit
- Speedball paints (green and red)
- Oracle 651 Vinyl
- Cricut (Optional)
- Transfer Tape
- Popsicle Stick
Other cute DIY Christmas crafts:
1 – Grab your Canvas Santa Sack, preferably blank. But if you have an Amazon fail, as I did, you can always decorate the other blank side.
2 – Be sure to iron your sack so your surface is perfectly smooth.
3 – Set aside.
4 – Check out Etsy to find the SVG design you wish to screen print for your personalized Santa Sack. Tip* Be sure to print it out on paper first, so you can reference the color scheme as you work through the project. Remember to pay attention to the dimensions of your printable for your screen print to fit properly. Don’t forget to have your image MIRRORED – design reversed. Don’t forget to print your child’s name too.)
5 – Make your Santa Sack design into vinyl using your Cricut. If you don’t have a machine, order your design from a small business found on Etsy.
6 – Weed your vinyl with a small tool, removing all the negative space from your design. This takes a little time so do not give up!
7 – Flip over your vinyl stencil and peel off from your sticky mat.
8 – Trim your stencil, to fit if needed.
9 – Grab your transfer tape and place it over your mirrored vinyl stencil.
10 – Using a flat edge tool, press down to release all the air bubbles and to make your design adhere to the transfer tape.
11 – Take your transfer tape, and flip it over. Carefully remove from your stencil by peeling back the corner to start.
12 – Grab your screen printing frame and place your stencil over the top. Press it on firmly and carefully move your transfer tape. Take your time with this step, using a tiny tool if needed to help. You want it to stick to your screen.
13 – With your finger and/or a flat-edged tool, ensure that your stencil is down firmly. You want zero bubbles on your screen print.
14 – Repeat for all the parts you wish to be stenciled and screen printed.
15 – Grab some cardboard to insert into your Canvas Santa Sack so the paint doesn’t bleed through. Smooth out your canvas as you place your screen print on top. Be sure your frame is flat, and you can press the squeegee inside later to add your paint.
16 – With your Speedball paint, begin with your red color by dabbing a thick layer at the top of your stencil with a popsicle stick. Tip* Remember to use your printable as a reference for coloring.
17 – Going all the way down with your screen printing squeegee, be sure to cover the entire stencil area you want red. Use 2 hands to have even pressure as you pull down to equally disperse your paint. Try to make it a smooth process, as you run it across. Tip* Any excess paint can be scraped back into your Speedball paint jar. Don’t waste my crafting friends.
18 – Carefully remove your screen print frame to see the image transferred below on your canvas sack. If it doesn’t cover completely, that is okay. You can call that a vintage look. Set aside to dry.
19 – Repeat this step for as many canvas bags as you wish to create. Don’t forget to reinsert the cardboard for all of your next projects.
20 – Clean your screen printing frame to add more personalization to your sacks. Use a hairdryer or heat gun on low to speed up the drying process.
21 – Make these more personalized by adding your child’s name on the bottom of your sack. Repeat the steps above to create your name stencils. Use green paint and a smaller squeegee to apply this name stencil underneath to your dried Santa Sack.
22 – Let it dry overnight. To help heat set your Screen Print Santa Sack, grab some parchment paper, and your home iron. Be sure to keep it completely dry – zero water and zero steam, so it doesn’t ruin your paint. If you have a Cricut heat-press, you could use that too!
Be sure to pin this DIY Santa Sack screen print craft so you can find the tutorial later!
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