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DIY Gift Idea: Create an Easy Hostess Gift with Color Chimp HTV and Oracal Adhesive Vinyl

Craftey + Kayla Makes - Hostess Gift with Color Chimp HTV and Oracal 651 Main

Tis the season of gift-giving and gathering, two of my favorite things! Kayla here from the Kayla Makes blog and I LOVE any excuse to put together a fun gift basket. Today, I'm showing you how you can throw together a fun and affordable hostess gift in just a few minutes using Craftey’s Color Chimp HTV and adhesive vinyl.

Here's What You Need:

Tea Towel

Step One: Design

Craftey + Kayla Makes - Hostess Gift with Color Chimp HTV and Oracal 651 - Mirror Design

Create or upload the design you're using in Design Space and scale it to fit the tea towel. I set my image to 3.5 inches long to fit on a 4-inch wide tea towel. Turn on the mirror setting and select iron-on as the material.

Step Two: Load and Cut

Craftey + Kayla Makes - Hostess Gift with Color Chimp HTV and Oracal 651 Load Mat with Color Chimp HTV

Place the sheet of heat transfer vinyl on the cutting mat with the shiny carrier sheet face down and load the mat into the machine. Press the flashing start button and wait for the machine to finish cutting.

Step Three: Weed Image

Craftey + Kayla Makes - Hostess Gift with Color Chimp HTV and Oracal 651 Weed Color chimp HTV Design

Remove the excess vinyl from around the cut image.

Craftey + Kayla Makes - Hostess Gift with Color Chimp HTV and Oracal 651 Weeding Color Chimp HTV 2

Use a weeding tool to get the smaller pieces.

Craftey + Kayla Makes - Hostess Gift with Color Chimp HTV and Oracal 651 Color chimp HTV Weeded

Step Four: Iron-On

Craftey + Kayla Makes - Hostess Gift with Color Chimp HTV and Oracal 651 Ready to Press

Use an iron or heat press to preheat the tea towel for a few seconds, then center the weeded design along the bottom edge.

Craftey + Kayla Makes - Hostess Gift with Color Chimp HTV and Oracal 651  Press Color Chimp HTV

Cover with a Teflon sheet or fabric and press for 15 seconds at 320 degrees.

Craftey + Kayla Makes - Hostess Gift with Color Chimp HTV and Oracal 651 Peel HTV Carrier Sheet

Color Chimp heat transfer vinyl is a hot peel htv, just don't burn your hands when removing the carrier sheet. I always wait at least 10 seconds.

Coffee Mug

Craftey + Kayla Makes - Hostess Gift with Color Chimp HTV and Oracal 651 Choose Material Settings

Repeat the steps above to design, cut and weed the adhesive vinyl for the coffee mug. The only differences will be the material settings (choose vinyl this time) and the vinyl placement on the mat.

Craftey + Kayla Makes - Hostess Gift with Color Chimp HTV and Oracal 651 Adhesive Vinyl on Mat

Adhesive vinyl should always be placed with the shiny side facing up.

Apply Transfer Tape:

Craftey + Kayla Makes - Hostess Gift with Color Chimp HTV and Oracal 651  Adhesive Vinyl on Transfer Tape

Cut a small piece of transfer tape and use a scraper tool to apply pressure over the design.

Craftey + Kayla Makes - Hostess Gift with Color Chimp HTV and Oracal 651 Ready to Transfer

Peel the transfer tape away from the paper backing and the vinyl should stick to it. If there are any areas that didn't stick, place it back down and burnish again with the scraper tool.

Craftey + Kayla Makes - Hostess Gift with Color Chimp HTV and Oracal 651 Peel Transfer Tape

Place the vinyl on the mug and use your fingers or the scraper tool again to press the decal onto the mug. Remove the transfer tape and you're finished!

Craftey + Kayla Makes - Hostess Gift with Color Chimp HTV and Oracal 651 Completed Hostess Gift

I placed the tea towel and coffee mug in a basket and filled it with things I think the hostess will enjoy. Gift baskets are so versatile, change up the quotes on the mug and tea towel and you can easily make it work for any occasion.

Remember, never show up to a party empty-handed and seize every opportunity to Get Craftey!

Be sure to head over to the Craftey shop to find all of the materials used in this project, including our Color Chimp Essentials heat transfer vinylCraftey exclusive tool kits, and Oracal 651 adhesive vinyl.

And if you're looking for more project ideas, inspiration or free cut files be sure to visit the Craftey Community site and join in on the fun!


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