How to Make a Shaker Sign

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You’ve probably heard of shaker cards, but what about shaker SIGNS?! Learn how to make your own custom shaker sign with your Glowforge or other laser cutter!

Squeeze the Day laser cut wood sign with shaker embellishments on orange background

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Shaker Cards have long been a popular staple of card-making and paper crafting, and now, I’m inviting wood crafting to the party with this fun DIY Shaker Sign! Use wood or MDF and your favorite shaker embellishments to create fun shaker signs of all kinds. Perfect for making unique and one-of-a-kind gift ideas!

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glowforge app lemon shaker sign layout

First, upload the Squeeze the Day SVG file (available below) into the Glowforge App software and change the layer settings as needed. All of the pieces in this file should be set to cut EXCEPT for the layout guidelines on the backing board which should be set to score. I set the circle and text to score at 450/30 and the shiplap lines to score a little deeper at 300/40.

Since the sign is going to be completely painted, I opted to forego masking to save time and supplies. This will result in the MDF/wood getting some slight singe marks around the edges of the pieces, but don’t worry – the paint will easily cover them up!

glowforge app lemon shaker sign layout

Next, move the solid circle cut layer off screen so that it will NOT cut from the MDF/wood (this will get cut from acetate) and rearrange the other elements to consolidate space if desired.

glowforge project half masked with 3m double sided adhesive

If you’re using 3M double-sided adhesive, apply it to the bottom half of the MDF/wood only. This will allow you to peel and stick all of the lemon shaker and text pieces to the sign base without having to use messy glue.

glowforge machine ready with mdf loaded inside machine

Place the sheet inside of the Glowforge, click “Print” in the app software, and then press the flashing button on the machine to start cutting!

glowforge machine with acetate hold down pins on project

Remove the MDF/wood pieces and place a small sheet of acetate material in the bed of the Glowforge. The acetate is really lightweight and has a tendency to blow away, so you will want to use hold down pins to keep it in place during cutting.

glowforge acetate settings circled

In the Glowforge app software, move all of the pieces out of the work area and replace them with the circle that we previously set aside. Your Glowforge settings will depend on the thickness of the acetate that you are using, but I used 500/30 for the 125 micron acetate here.

glowforge machine cutting acetate material

Squeeze the Day laser cut sign pieces on peach background

When everything has finished cutting, lay out all the pieces on your work surface.

Kingston Crafts shaker embellishment set in colorful packages on purple background

To fill the lemon shaker piece, I’m using these adorable lemon shaker embellishments from Kingston Crafts. They’re part of a larger (and totally awesome!) set of spring/summer shaker pieces that include lemons, limes, oranges, watermelons, two types of flowers, and a bunch of shiny sequins. They’re the cutest!

Small clear cup of polymer clay lemon slices and sprinkles on peach background

I also combined the lemon shaker embellishments with some adorable pastel faux sprinkles from Happy Kawaii Supplies.

Painted laser cut wood sign pieces on a purple background

Paint the sign base white and paint the circle yellow just inside the guidelines. Paint the 2-part lemon wheel in white and yellow. I used black and grey for the frame and text, but feel free to use whichever colors you’d prefer! Allow the paint to dry.

Peeling 3M adhesive tape off the back of a lemon shaped wood piece

Peel the backing from the 3M Adhesive and stick the unpainted lemon wheel in place on the sign (over the yellow painted circle). If you didn’t use double-sided adhesive, use small dots of glue to attach your pieces.

Layered unfinished wood lemon piece on top of painted background board
Lemon shaker piece partially filled with sprinkles and embellishments with tweezers in background

Fill each space in the lemon wheel with lemon and sprinkle embellishments. I use tweezers and start with the lemons and largest sprinkles and then get progressively smaller until there is a generous single-layer of sprinkles in each area.

Hand Adding Acetate Circle Over Lemon Shaker on Sign

Add a few small dots of tacky glue around the rim and center of the lemon wheel, and place the acetate circle on top.

Lemon shaker piece topped with glue and acetate sheet
Layering a lemon shaker for sign

After the glue has set, place the white inner wheel on top, followed by the yellow outer ring. Use the guidelines on the sign base to position and adhere the text.

Close up of Lemon Shaker with Polymer Clay Sprinkles and Lemons

Seriously, how cute are those little lemons?! 😍😍😍 I love, love, LOVE this!

Squeeze the Day Lemon Sign on orange background with lemons

This adorable sign really WAS easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Squeeze the Day laser cut wood sign with shaker embellishments on orange background
Lemon Shaker Sign close up detail on orange background

This was my very first time making a shaker sign, but it certainly won’t be my last! It’s SO much fun!

Squeeze the Day sign on an orange background with lemons

What do you think about the idea of shaker signs?

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