Hey everyone! Kayla here today to show you one of my favorite ways to use heat transfer vinyl. Don’t get me wrong, I love making shirts and tote bags as much as the next crafty girl but there is something so satisfying about the way htv melts into wood. Seriously, you have to try it.
Today, I'm showing you how easy it is to get the look of a painted farmhouse style sign using Craftey's new Color Chimp Essentials HTV.
Here's what you'll need:
- Color Chimp Essentials HTV in Black
- Cutting Mat
- Weeding Tool
- Blank Wood Sign (I used an 8x10 pre-cut wood sign)
- Cutting Machine (I used the Cricut Maker)
Step One: Design
Use the text tool to type out the words, then open a new text box and add in the number. Use the shapes tool to create a rectangle and then shrink it down to form a thin line. Once you have everything sized and centered to your liking, use the weld tool to weld both designs into one.
Click "Make It" and be sure to turn ON the mirror option.
Step Two: Cutting
Place the heat transfer vinyl on the cutting mat, shiny side down.
Load the cutting mat into the machine and press the flashing start button.
Step Three: Weeding
Once cutting is complete, use scissors to cut the design away from the sheet of htv then remove the excess vinyl from around the design.
Use a weeding tool or something pointy to remove the smaller pieces of vinyl from inside the letters.
You're halfway there!
Step Four: Iron
Center the design on the wooden sign. I found this 8x10 blank sign at Hobby Lobby.
Place a teflon sheet or thin cloth over the design and use an iron on the cotton setting (no steam) to press over the design with firm pressure for about 20 seconds.
Wait for about 30 seconds for the design to cool, then peel away the carrier sheet.
Optional Step Five: Add A Frame
To give the sign a farmhouse look, I added a super simple wood frame using 1x2's and attaching them with wood glue and finishing nails. Of course, this is completely optional!
I think this little sign would make a great addition to a gallery wall and I hope you are officially inspired to try something new by applying heat transfer vinyl to wood!