Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes: DIY A Sweet Spring Planter Using Oracal 651 + a Free Hand-Lettered Cut File

Craftey and Bossy Brushstrokes Rootin For Ya MainSpring has *finally* sprung and we are so excited to get to work on some fun spring projects! We're kicking things off with a super sweet DIY planter project using this month's gorgeous, free hand-lettered from Bossy Brushstrokes.

This project couldn't be easier and takes less than 30 minutes start-to-finish. Let's get started!Craftey and Bossy Brushstrokes Rootin For Ya SuppliesYou’ll need:

  • Blank planter (we grabbed an inexpensive planter from the Target Dollar Spot)
  • Cutting machine (we used a Cricut Maker for this project)
  • Permanent Adhesive Vinyl – we choose Oracal 651 in Lilac
  • Transfer Tape
  • Weeding Tool
  • Scraper
  • Rootin' for ya SVG file (download here)

Step 1: DesignCraftey-BB-RootinForYa-inDS-1Upload the SVG file to Design Space or Silhouette Studio and resize to fit your planter.  We sized our file to 2.75" tall. Click the green "Make It" button and follow the onscreen instructions for selecting your material type and loading your mat. *PRO TIP: When cutting an intricate design such as this one at such a small size, use the Washi Tape setting rather than Vinyl. This adjusts the cutting pressure so it is a bit lighter than it would be on the vinyl setting and avoids cutting too deep and ripping the more delicate details on the design.*Craftey-BB-RootinForYa-inDS-2

Step 2: Cutting Craftey and Bossy Brushstrokes Rootin For Ya Ready to cutApply the vinyl to your mat, color side up, and press the GO button on your machine to start cutting.

Step 3: WeedingCraftey and Bossy Brushstrokes Rootin For Ya Weeding 1Once your machine is done cutting, remove the sheet of vinyl from your mat. We suggest turning the mat over and peeling it away from the vinyl - rather than the other way around -  in order to avoid any air bubbles getting under the vinyl. Next, use your weeding tool to weed away the negative areas of the design. Your weeded design should look like this:Craftey and Bossy Brushstrokes Rootin For Ya Ready WeededStep 4: Transfer your DesignCraftey and Bossy Brushstrokes Rootin For Transfer 1Cut a piece of transfer tape to fit over the weeded design and use your scraper to burnish over the design so that it adheres completely to the transfer tape. You can use scissors to cut small slits into the transfer tape between your letters to allow for a little more flexibility and helps it conform to the curved surface of your planter a bit easier.Craftey and Bossy Brushstrokes Rootin For Ya Transfer 2Peel the transfer tape off of the vinyl backing and place the design in the desired spot on your planter. Use your scraper tool or your fingers to smooth down the design and ensure it sticks strongly.

Step 5: Enjoy!Craftey and Bossy Brushstrokes Rootin For Ya PeelCarefully peel away your transfer tape, pop in a plant and that’s it – you’re done!Craftey and Bossy Brushstrokes Rootin For Ya Done 1Craftey and Bossy Brushstrokes Rootin For Ya Done 2This project would be a great little gift for anyone who needs a bit of extra encouragement or support. We think it would make a perfect gift for a teacher or friend starting a new job or venture!

As always, if you try this DIY be sure to share a picture in the comments below. We love to seeing your projects! Check back next month for another exclusive hand-lettered design from Arlena and in the meantime, check out her all work over at and be sure to follow her on Instagram.




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