Angels We Have Heard Singing Free Wall Hanging SVG File | How to make a DIY Christmas Wall Hanging

How to Make a Christmas Song Wall Hanging

A big part of the Christmas season is the music we listen to. Each of us has our own favorites. Last year, I decided to use my favorite Christmas songs in my Christmas decorating both at home and at church. I loved how they turned out. These Christmas song wall hangings are super easy to make and make a huge impact. AND although a little time consuming, it was a lot of fun to sit down and create SVG files from them. You don’t have to take the time though, I have a free SVG for Angels We Have Heard on High in my Creative Resource Library for you! And if you’d like one of the others pictured, I have them in my Well Crafted Studio Shop. AND Bonus! We’re having a sale on your entire order through Dec. 25th! So get your Christmas spirit on, and let’s make this Christmas song wall hanging!

Everything else is super quick to do. The materials are easy to find at your local hardware store, and odds are you already have the tools it takes.

Pro-Tip: If you do not have an easy way to cut down the 1″ x 2″ lengths, you can ask them to cut it down at your hardware store. They don’t mind making a couple of cuts for their customers.

SO in this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a large (no-sew) fabric banner with Iron-On Vinyl and how to DIY hang it very simply.

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Try this with other Christmas favorites as well!

How to Make a Christmas Song Wall Hanging

Supplies and Tools

Directions

Step One: Sand and Stain the Wood Lengths

I like to take a sander to the ends and the edges. But you can use medium grit sandpaper and sand the wood by hand too. Then, using a paper towel, wipe the gel stain on to the cut piece of wood. Let dry.

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Wipe the stain on the wood for the hanger.

Step Two: Download the SVG design from the Creative Resource Library

In the Creative Resource Library, go to the section marked SVG files and click on the link to the Christmas Song Lyrics SVG. Then download it to your computer.

Step Three: Upload the design to Cricut Design Space

In Cricut Design Space, open up a new canvas and select “Upload” from the side toolbar. Next, select “Browse” and grab your .svg file from your downloads. In your upload images screen in Design Space, select the new file and click “Insert Image.”

How to Upload Christmas lyrics to Cricut Design Space
Upload the free SVG to Cricut Design Space.

Step Four: Size and Attach (if necessary)

Select the image. Then, in the width box at the top toolbar type in 11.5″ and the height will be automagically be adjusted in proportion. This is the widest that Cricut will allow you to make any design. If you have a 12″ x 24,” and your design will fit on the mat, then awesome!

If you do not have a large size mat– then I saw this cool hack in a facebook group where a gal just taped two 12″ x 12″ mats together end to end and it totally worked as a large mat. Genius! If you don’t have two mats then you can treat it as a “larger than mat project.” I know Jennifer Maker just came out with a really good tutorial on how to do this.

How to Size a Christmas Wall Hanging SVG
Change the width to 11.5″

Step Five: SAVE YOUR IMAGE and then Make it.

Before you move on to cut your image, save it. This will help tons if you have to come back and cut replacement letters after the fact. In a project with this many words, the odds of losing a letter to the process is pretty good. Saving your project now will potentially save you loads of time later.

How to Save a Project in Cricut Design Space | Save a Project |
Save your project.

Step Six: Mirror your Image!

It can’t be said enough times. Make sure you toggle on the mirror image option on the left side of your screen.

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Mirror your image with the toggle on the left of the screen.

Step Seven: Prep your Mat

So in the photo, I’m using a purple mat. Don’t do that! Use a light blue or green cutting mat. My purple one is older and less sticky, and I don’t have a 12″ x 24″ size other than the purple, strong grip mat.

The absolutely most important thing about this step is to make sure that the shiny side of your Iron-On material (the transfer sheet) is the side you put onto the mat. Cut your vinyl pieces to correspond with the size of your image on the screen. When you’ve got your mat ready, double-check your positioning and then choose “continue.”

DIY Christmas Song Wall Hanging Do's
DIY Christmas Song Wall Hanging Do’s- Put the SHINY SIDE DOWN on your mat.

Step Seven: Cut the Lyrics from the Iron-On Vinyl

Design Space takes you to the Settings page next. Choose Everyday Iron-on and then follow the prompts on the screen to make the cut!

Step Eight: Weed the Cut Design

Once the Cricut is done cutting, it’s time to weed the image (i.e., remove the vinyl you don’t need for the design). This is easiest if you have tools made for weeding. When I weed large pieces, I usually start with the little tiny pieces than do the larger bits. This makes it easier because the small pieces won’t get stuck to the sticky backing that’s under the vinyl.

Pro-Tip: With a piece this large, you may want to cut shallow lines (just through the vinyl- not the transfer sheet) across the width of your vinyl, between the stanzas. I have a photo below this to show you what I mean. It breaks the piece up, so when you pull off extra vinyl, it’s in smaller portions.

How to Weed Large Scale Pieces with Lots of Little Parts. | How to Weed  a Large Piece of Iron-on Material
Tips for Weeding Large Pieces- cut lines through the vinyl (not the backing) and weed the small pieces first.

Step Nine: Center and Iron-on Your Image to the Canvas

Preheat your Easy Press or your household iron. To find the correct heat setting for your fabric choice, you can check out Cricut’s handy dandy settings tool. It will also recommend a warm or cold peel.

Then, with the yardstick, find the center of the canvas at its top. Make a small mark with the Sharpie. Alternatively, you can just fold it in half and mark the fold line. The top 1.5″ of the canvas will be covered with the wood piece. Keep this in mind when you place your piece.

Design Note: So I thought I would try cutting off the title and moving it up a bit. And I think I left too big of a gap between the title and the lyrics. You can decide for yourself but the SVG has them placed like they are in the Go Tell It on the Mountain example.

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Use the Cricut Easy Press or iron to apply the htv to the fabric.

Step Ten: Remove the Transfer Sheet!

I did a warm peel, which means waiting a tiny bit of time after you do the iron-on part so that the transfer sheet is warm (but not hot or cold) and then peeling it off. I usually start with a corner and pull across and towards me at an angle. IF you notice that the vinyl is pulling up with the transfer sheet, stop and reapply heat to that area. Then try again.

Note: If the weeding or the Iron-On process wasn’t completely successful (i.e., you lost a letter or two), then I have a mini-tutorial at the bottom of this one on how to fix those mistakes. And it features the Cricut Easy Press Mini– FUN!

How to Remove Backing from Iron-on Vinyl | Peeling off the Transfer Sheet
While it’s still warm start with a corner and pull the transfer sheet towards yourself.

Step Eleven: Staple on the Canvas

Use the yardstick or a ruler to find the center of the board (on its wide side). Then, use the staple gun to staple the center of the canvas to the center of the board.

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Measure to find the center of the wood.

Add more staples across the top.

Make sure the top of the canvas is parallel to the top edge of the wood. Hold out one side so that it’s taut, and staple once at the edge. Repeat with the other side. Then work from either side and add more staples about every couple of inches. At this point, it’s probably secure, but I like to add a strip of tape along the top edge to keep it from fraying if it’s pulled. This is a good idea if you plan to keep your banner from year to year. If you do store it then you can roll it up. Just make sure that when you unroll it and iron it that you iron the backside of the canvas.

How to Staple Fabric to Wood Support | DIY Christmas Song Wall Hanging Steps
Use a stapler to attach the canvas fabric- starting in the middle.

Step Twelve: Add the Screw Eyes to Hang the Wall Hanging

On the top edge of the board (the 1″ side) measure in an inch or two from each end. Then, use a Sharpie or a pencil mark the wood. Then screw in one screw eye at each end.

Pro-Tip: I often use a hammer and nail to tap an indent into the wood where I want the screw eye to go. They’re a little bit of pain to screw in, and this trick helps the process go faster.

How to Hang Banners with Screw Eyes
Measure in from each end and then screw in the screw eyes.

Step Thirteen: Add the Rope and Hang It!

Cut a length of twine, or whatever you choose to hang it with, and feed one end through a screw eye and knot it. Repeat with the other side, leaving a bit of slack to hang it with.

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Use twine to create a hanger.

And Done!

But not quite… Because in a job this large, there are bound to be some mistakes. I accidentally weeded out a few of the letters I needed. So rather than trying to put them back on to the transfer sheet, just set them aside to add after you’ve ironed on the rest of the text.

However, even that doesn’t always go according to plan. So below, I have a mini-tutorial on how to cut out just the letters you need to replace, making sure that they are perfectly sized to match your originals.

How to Fix Iron-On Mistakes with the Cricut Easy Press Mini

Step One: Start on the Canvas

Choose Finish and then go back to the canvas. If you’re coming back to this later and you no longer have the image on your canvas, then that’s when you’re going to be SUPER HAPPY that you saved the project in Step 5. Or you can just go back through the sizing and saving.

Step Two: Add a Square

Next, from the toolbar on the left side of the canvas, choose a square from the shapes menu. Size it to cover one of the letters you lost.

How to fix your weeding mistakes with a Square.
Insert a square and cover the missing letter.

Step Three: Slice

Select all and use the slice function at the bottom of your layers panel. Note that the slice will only be an option if you have two items selected. When I tried to do it with three items the Slice function was greyed out, and the program wouldn’t let me choose it. Once done, pull out the negative image from the design and delete it. Then pull one of the extra letters to the side.

Repeat this process at least once for each letter you lost. I’ve learned over the years to be a “just in case” type of gal and will usually cut some extras as well.

Use a shape to slice a letter  | How to fix Iron-on Mistakes
Using the Slice tool to fix a mistake.

Step Four: Hide the Rest and then Choose “Make it!”

We don’t want to cut the entire image all over again. So it’s essential to hide the layer with the lyrics. To do this, find the correct layer in the panel on the right side of your screen. And click on the eye symbol to the right of it. Magic! It (should) disappear. Now hit the “Make it” in the top right corner.

Step Five: MAKE SURE YOU MIRROR!!! Then Make the Cut.

(Blah blah blah- I KNOW!) But it’s worth it for me to repeat this caution again. Iron-on (or htv) vinyl is kind of spendy. Nothing hurts more than doing a cut and then pulling it off the mat only to find that you didn’t mirror it.

How to Fix a Mistake with Iron-on Vinyl
Don’t forget to mirror and space out your letters a little more on the mat.

Step Six: Iron-on the Letters

So this is the part where the Easy Press Mini really earns its keep. The biggest challenge when adding extra letters is being able to position the letter and heat it up WITHOUT melting the text around it. This is small precision work, and using tweezers really helps you place your small piece exactly where you want it. The mini is perfectly sized to do these small, more delicate jobs. You still need to use a piece of parchment (mine was cut to 4″ x 5″ approx.), and you need to be careful not to go off the parchment, but it’s a super smooth process.

Use a Tweezers to Place a Small Iron-on Image Where You Want It. | How to Place a Small Piece of Htv
Use a tweezers to precisely place the letters.

When you turn on the Easy Press Mini, press the heat button to the second line. You’ll be able to tell when it’s ready to use because the light on the front of it will change from orange to green. Again, make sure you have a piece of parchment to cover and protect the rest of your iron-on vinyl. If it touches the iron it will melt off your canvas.

Cricut recommends that you keep the Easy Press Mini moving as you use it. For more recommendations on heat settings for particular fabrics check out the heat guide on Cricut’s website.

When You Accidentally Melt Iron-On Vinyl
Melted a letter or section? No problem! Just use the process outlined above!

If You Want to Use Your Own Image

If you’re using your own image, you’ll want to keep its length in mind when you cut your canvas fabric. AND if you’d like to get one of the other Christmas Song Lyrics SVG’s that I have (like this Go Tell It on the Mountain one) you’ll find them in the Well Crafted Studio Shop!

For More Inspiration…

I have a lot of other Christmas project inspiration on this blog- I’d love to have you take a look! I also have a quick and easy iron-on vinyl video tutorial in this post on how to make DIY Canvas Banners.

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If you found this tutorial helpful please comment, or subscribe to this blog. Thanks so much for reading this!!! And Merry Almost Christmas!

2 thoughts on “How to Make a Christmas Song Wall Hanging”

  1. There is such a volume of great music ? that reminds us of the real meaning of Christmas and I love being able to pull it into my decorating! Thanks for the ideas and Merry Christmas!

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