Use vinyl for home decor & gifts
I have been using vinyl to make gift and home decor for a few years now. So I have decided to share with you, 10 Ways to use vinyl for DIY home Decor…
Let me just start of by saying, I have tried many products and many have failed before I found vinyl. I also tried many techniques for cutting letters and designs by hand before I got my Cricut air. I can honestly say I wasted so much time and energy trying to figure out the best techniques that I had wished I had someone to tell me what I know now. What I am about to share with you! I love to create and craft, but I am bit of a perfectionist. So I suffered many frustrations while learning how to get my desings to look like they were done by a pro. I still have so much to learn and I know I can improve but for now I will share with you what I have learned. Maybe I can save you some pain along your way so you do not have to suffer through your journy… Seriously though as much as I complain…. I really loved every second of it.
Vinyl makes DIY easier
Vinyl is a very durable material that can really take on those rough projects that other products can not. The sticky vinyl I use can come in lots of different strengths, sizes, colors and even patterns. I like the heavy duty industrial strength to use when making just about anything. It can cost a little more but will save you time and money in the end. It also is almost fail proof and you will be amazed at how well it can stand up to your roughest crafting needs.
Most of the time when I use vinyl it is for masking off a design so I don’t care so much about the color as I do the durability. Some times a dark or bright color can help when laying out a desing for paining or sandblasting. This can make it much easier to see where the lines, text or design you are working with will be. You can get vinyl cheaper if you don’t care about the color. I find it on Amazon.com on sale or at my local vinyl store in the scrap bin for a really great price.
Here are 10 ways to use vinyl for your DIY projects
Family Crest – Etching Mirrors
start by creating a design of your choice. Your can use designs any design software you choose. I usually use Adobe products since I have access to it and I create my own custom designs. You can buy clip if you would like. Cricut offers some clip art when you buy the Cricut air. I have not used silhouette, so I don’t know what it offers but I have herd it has a great interface for you to design what you need. Once you have the design you want, cut it out using your Cricut or Silhouette.
remove the vinyl where you want to etch the mirror and use your transfer paper to add the design to your mirror. This mirror was purchased at IKEA for a great price and came with the frame.
I have tried the Armour etching cream and you can get great results with it but I prefer to use a sandblaster to etch the mirror and all of the etching I do. It seems to show a little better for me.
The letter P
This is another example of an etched mirror gift we made for my boyfriends mother at Christmas a few years back.
Family Crest – Etching Mirrors/vinyl
I followed the same technique for this gift for my Aunt. The only thing I did differently is I left some vinyl letters on after sandblasting the mirror to give it a different look. I really like how the letters stand out next to the etching.
Family Crest – Etching glass
I followed the same techniques above for the mirror for this Family Crest. I switched out the mirror for a large peice of glass and had my boyfriend make a custom frame from reclaimed wood.
Family Crest – using a store bought picture frame.
Frosted designs – Etching glass designs
Another way to use vinyl etching is to add it to candy jars or glass dishes. Customize any way you would like to make great gifts.
Stencil for painting
Pallet sign are all the rage lately. Now I know why. They are easy with vinyl stencils and then look so rustic and charming. Making a the pallet it the hardest part. You can read more about making a rustic pallet sign here.
Signs and quotes wall decals for your home
Vinyl decals for your automobile
Making Etched jars for gifts or decoration
Making vinyl labels
There are so many more ways to use vinyl for all your crafting needs. I have experienced only a few. Let me know if you have any cool ways you use vinyl to design for your home or gifts. I would love to hear from you.
If you would like a copy of any of the above cut out files I have used, email me and I would love to share.
Thanks for reading!
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