I make a delivery driver snack box every year for the UPS, FedEx, and USPS people that bring stuff to our house. Right after the fam jam, they are my favorite people. These guys and gals bring me craft supplies all year long!
I jumped on the trend a few years back to leave some goodies at the door for them for a change! 🙂
I used to download the free printables and just post those outside over the snack box. The problem was that it would get wet or warp in the sun (I tried lamination, that was a no go).
This year, however, I picked up a sign blank at Michaels and put together a decoration that I can use for years to come.
- An electronic die-cut machine
- A sign blank
- Oracal 651 Glossy Permanent Vinyl
- Transfer tape
- A pretty holiday floral pick, pinecones, or an artificial flower
- A glue gun
Create The Wording
For the lettering, I just searched other snack box signs on the web and used the most common wording. There are a ton of different sign ideas for this type of project if you ask the Google machine.
I’d like to send thanks to the first person to come up with the delivery driver snack box idea (if you’re reading this, thank you!!).
I designed the lettering in Silhouette Studio and used my CAMEO to cut.
First thing I did was flip my layout to Landscape with a 12” x 24” mat background. I wasn’t planning on using a mat to cut (CAMEOs don’t need them), but I like the look to design on.
The sign blank measured 10-5/8” x 17” and was made of four slats. I used an 18” ruler to measure each of the slats (and the gaps between them!) and drew them in Silhouette Studio.
That way I knew exactly where and how to space the words, so they landed perfectly on the wood when I transferred them.
The fonts I used are called Amarillo (free) and Coats (available at The Hungry JPEG). Once I had everything typed that I wanted to transfer to the sign, I used the Alignment Tool to center and space it.
As a last check before I cut the design, I cleared all the fill colors so I could see all the cut lines – and I’m SO glad I did! The letters in the Amarillo font were going to cut separately.
To fix that, I highlighted the words and hit the Weld Tool. That “sticks” all the letters together into one smooth cut.
The cut settings I used for the
- Blade – 2
- Speed – 5
- Force – 10
- Passes – 1
- No Overcut
A word to the wise: ALWAYS do a test cut BEFORE the real design. It’s so frustrating to have to cut twice. Not to mention the risk of the blade hitching a half-cut design or wasting perfectly good vinyl.
The Hinge Method for Transfers
To transfer my design, I used my favorite Transparent Transfer Tape and the “hinge method.” What that means is you use a piece of tape to keep your design aligned as you apply it to your project.
This is how to do it: when you’re finished weeding your design, apply the transfer tape over it and burnish a bit so all your letters stick.
BUT – don’t peel them off the release paper yet. Lay your design in place on the sign and use a long piece of tape right across the center (or down the middle) to keep the design in place.
Now, fold over one side and peel the release paper from the transfer tape. Tear away any excess release paper and lay your vinyl letters down into place slowly. Burnish to remove any bubbles, then lift the other side of your design and remove the release paper to finish transferring your vinyl.
Taa-daa! Perfectly straight!
Finishing Up & Delivery Driver Snacks
To finish up this project, all I did was add a little holiday floral pick to the top with a glue gun.
Then I stuffed a wooden crate with a variety of chips, protein bars & shakes, snack bars, crackers, water, and some double shot espresso cans.
From the UPS guy 🙂
Thanks for coming to see my take on a sign for my delivery driver snack box! Don’t forget to pin this to your inspiration board on Pinterest!