Tutorial Tuesday: Cutting and Applying Vinyl

So last week I showed you how I made custom shirts with iron-on vinyl.  Vinyl seems to be one of those crafting products I have gotten lots of questions about.  So that is why this month I am featuring tutorials ALL about vinyl!

This week we turn to indoor vinyl which can be slapped on anything inside that is standing still long enough!  It is great for a quick and easy addition to any decor and can be put on walls, glass, wood, anything.  And an added bonus – its removable!  So it is perfect for children’s bedrooms since you might not want it up there for more than a couple years.

My first project with indoor vinyl was to cut a verse for the narrow wall above my kitchen cabinets.  I cut the vinyl and my wonderful husband put it up (he used a level and everything!) for me.  The constant reminder to continually offer PRAISE is necessary when the chaos gets to be too much around here.

kitchen verse

Here is another place in our home where wall vinyl hangs out.  This is right by our front door.

family verse

 Tutorial

Cutting and Applying Indoor Vinyl to the Wall

materials

Materials:

  • Cricut or Sillouette machine
  • cutting mat
  • indoor vinyl
  • transfer tape
  • Gypsy (optional but very helpful since you can SEE what you are designing)
Here is my design that I plan to put on the wall.  I saw this pin on Pinterest and knew it was just perfect for our laundry room .  After camping last weekend I KNOW this is a true statement!
If you don’t have a Circut but love the saying, you can download it from Tattered and Inked as a free printable if you want one of your very own! She even has it available in a few colors so you can pick one that is perfect for your home!

design

Put the blade depth on 3 and the pressure setting on medium.  You want to cut through the vinyl but not through the backing that it is on.  Blade depth - 3

pressure setting- medium

Vinyl after cutting

This might be very difficult to see but this is the vinyl after it is cut.  You can faintly see the lines where the machine created the design.

Now you begin what is called “weeding”, where you pull off the unwanted parts of the vinyl leaving only the design on the backing. Start in one corner and peel it back making sure that the vinyl doesn’t stick to what you have designed.  That could result in loosing some of your design since it is very difficult to peel them apart once they get stuck together.   Beginning the weeding process

weeding

Once you get the main vinyl weeded out, you will go back and pull all the vinyl you don’t want from the centers of the O’s or the E’s until just the design is left.

weeding inside design

design ready for transfer tape

Now that all the weeding is done, it’s time to apply the transfer tape. Think of vinyl as a really large sticker.  Right now it is sticking to the backing but that is the side you need to put on the wall for it to adhere.  Transfer tape will transfer the vinyl off the backing and onto the wall (or whatever you are applying it to) by sticking over the top of the vinyl.

This is my transfer tape.  You can buy it in sheets just like the vinyl (6×12, 12×12, or 12×24) or you can purchase a 100 yd. roll of it.  Since I knew I would be using it a LOT, I bought the roll.  I have had this about 2 years and there is still TONS left on the roll!  (side note: if you are careful with your transfer tape, you can reuse it for a few more applications.  Just move from project to project or stick it onto the empty backing from a design and save it for the next project!).

roll of transfer tape

transfer tape applied

rub design onto transfer tape

Using your finger or even an old gift card, rub the design so that it sticks to the transfer tape and pulls away easily from the backing.

Peeling back the backing

Slowly peel the backing paper off the transfer tape making sure the design is sticking to the transfer tape.  If it doesn’t, just lay the backing back down and rub over the design again until it sticks to the transfer tape.

Before applying the design to your wall, give it a quick wipe down to make sure all dust and dirt are off the surface.  This will make the vinyl adhere better (just give it some time to dry!).

position on wall

Now place the design on the wall where you want your design.  This is very forgiving so if you don’t like the look where it is or put it up crooked you can remove it and reapply it at this point.

Rub design onto wall

Rub the design firmly so that it transfers onto the wall. If your walls are textured like mine this might take a bit more work.

Peel off transfer tape

Slowly peel the transfer tape off the wall making sure the design stays on the wall.  In the picture above you can see the e didn’t get stuck all the way down.  I just rubbed on it to make it stick and then it was fine.  Many of my letters remained stuck to my transfer tape I I repeatedly had to lay the transfer tape back over those letters and apply pressure to them to get them to stick to the wall.  Just take your time and it will be fine!

Finished vinyl

So here is the finished project!  I am thinking I will maybe put some memorable “messy and dirty” pictures of my boys above and below the quote to make it even cuter! Plus I want to cut the boys initals to hang above their hooks (their dumping ground for bags and backpacks as we come in from the garage).

There you have it!  See it wasn’t too difficult at all!  Start to finish this only took me about 20 minutes.  I am hoping to redo the boys rooms here soon (minor redos, nothing huge) and I am searching for just the right things to cut in vinyl for decorations on their walls.  Check back for those posts in the future.

What are you going to make first with your indoor vinyl???

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