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HOW TO APPLY VINYL TO WOOD WITH CRICUT | CRICUT CHRISTMAS SIGN DIY | CRICUT TUTORIAL FOR BEGINNERS

Jun 04, 2021
- In this beginner-friendly Cricut

tutorial

, I show you the best way to quickly and easily

apply

permanent adhesive

vinyl

to

wood

. So let's be clever. (upbeat music) Hi, I'm Michael. And this is Mr. Crafty Pants, your Cricut and craft channel where I show you Cricut tips, tricks, and

tutorial

s every week. So if you're new here and just trying to figure out the best way to use your Cricut cutting machine, well, you might want to consider stamping that subscribe button and then ringing that little bell for all notifications, because I don't want to miss a single just minute from Cricut.
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Now everyone, today is the last day of Craftmas, the 12 days of Craftmas. Now, if you missed an episode, don't worry, I've got you covered. I'll have a playlist linked at the end of this video as well as in the description box below. But throughout Craftmas it's been a lot of fun, because I've brought you all 12 different Christmas or holiday themed Cricut projects, as well as 12 chances to enter to win a huge Cricut prize pack, because I'm giving everyone away. a Cricut Maker and a Cricut joy, in the hopes that you'll just pay it forward, show some love, and gift one of those machines to a friend or family member.
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Now, registering to win is very easy, but you only have until 11:59 p.m. PST on Christmas Day. So if you missed any of those videos, you may have to watch them again to get those tickets too. But basically within each of the videos there is a hidden phrase with a holiday or Christmas theme, but they appear one word at a time, like this one here. Every time you see the pop-up, all you have to do is write down that word and continue watching until the end of the video. Once the video is finished, you should have the entire Christmas or holiday-themed phrase.
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And if you're in the US, text me at 502-878-7189. If you are outside the US, please email me at [email protected]. But as for today's project, this is our last day of Craftmas. And this is also a little last minute Cricut Christmas craft that you can do with your kids or grandkids. And I mean, it's incredibly cute too. Basically, we're making a little magic key so Santa can get into houses that don't have a chimney. And to make this Cricut Christmas magic happen, we'll obviously need a cutting machine. Right now I'm using my Cricut Maker because it's here on my desk, but you can really use any cutting machine.
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And that includes a Cricut joy, a Cricut Explore Air 2, a Silhouette Cameo, a Brother ScanNCut, any machine as long as it works with SVG cut files. We will also need a permanent adhesive

vinyl

. and I'm using StarCraft HD in matte white. And that's one of the things I love about StarCraft, all of their colors come in matte and glossy finishes. It's just amazing, like super, super high quality material. I love these things and they are super affordable. You can get a five foot roll of this for two dollars and 85 cents. And no, I'm not kidding. And yes, I have a promo code where you can save even more.
So be sure to check the description box below, because I have links and promo codes, where applicable. I'll also use parchment paper, because I'm obsessed with my parchment paper. It's not even mine, but I've adopted it. It's an amazing parchment paper, layering trick, or really cool hack that you can use to

apply

vinyl to any type of service. And if you haven't seen my full video on that, I'll link it here and down in the description box below. We'll also need something to apply our vinyl to, right? And I'm applying it to this

wood

en surface right here.
I actually bought a pack of these on Amazon. They are of very good quality, I love them. And they're actually meant to be like wooden canvases that you would normally hang on the wall, like this one here. However, I turn it around and use it as a little frame like this, because I mean, this is cute too, I love it. Now, I personally want to paint it, so I'll also use some red paint. And y'all, this is nothing fancy, it's actually from Walmart. This is Apple Barrel Red Glossy Paint. I'm also going to seal that with a shiny shade of crystal lacquer, this here.
This is an amazing top coat. And I've been wearing bright shades for quite some time now, I love this stuff. And they recently released it in different finishes, so instead of just gloss, they also have satin and matte finishes. And the thing is with vinyl, which I'll probably get two more of here in a moment, but the general rule with vinyl is that the cleaner, smoother, and glossier the surface, the better the vinyl will adhere and cure. And so I feel like satin is, it's like a good middle ground between not too dull and matte, but also not too shiny and shiny.
Honestly, I've had really good luck using satin, and that's what I'm wearing today. And this is totally, totally optional, but I found this really cute key right here from 143vinyl.com, it's Santa's magic key. And you can even take this and customize it as well. Here is a little space where you can put your children's initials or whatever you want to do with it. I think it's just super cute. So I'm going to apply this to our little wooden board, as well as this little miniature C hook here. We'll also need some transfer tape, and this is my all-time favorite, it's Medium Tack Transfer Tape.
And this is basically like voodoo witchcraft or something, it's absolutely perfect. I love, love, love these things. And last, but definitely not least, we will also need a de

sign

to apply to our surface. So I'm using this one right here from de

sign

bundles.net. Now, obviously, I can never make any promises about what the price of a package or SVG file will be when everyone has seen the video and reviewed it. yourselves, but at the time of filming this or recording this, it's marked down from $4 to two dollars and 40 cents. And I think this is just adorable.
So let's jump into Cricut Design Space and start this magic. Alright, as you can see, I've already downloaded this file from designbundles.net and uploaded it to my Cricut Design Space canvas. If you're new to all of this and aren't entirely sure how to do it, how to get a file from Design Bundles and Cricut Design Space, I've got you covered. I'll link a video for that up here as well as in the description box below. But what I think is really interesting about this is that they've already built in a sort of template or at least that's what I'll use it for.
But before we get to that, let's take a look here at the right side of the page in the layers panel. As you can see, there are many layers going on here, many, many. And there's really no need for all that, so what I'm really going to do is go up here to the top of the layers panel, make sure everything is selected, and then you want to let ungroup right here. Now, if we go down here to the bottom left corner and just zoom in, you'll see that a lot of this design looks rather worn out, and this would be an absolute nightmare, no joke. an absolute nightmare to try to remove.
So no one has time for that. So I'm going to select that, and as you can see here on the right side of the page in the layers panel, this little group got highlighted, so I'm going to move over here to the top of the layers panel and select ungroup. Essentially, all of that is on its own layer. I can basically go back to the layers panel, select each of these letters, and then go down here to the bottom right corner and select outline. And this is coming up extremely fast, so let me go ahead and zoom out.
As you can see here, it's all of those details that our Cricut would try to remove, and that, again, would just be an absolute nightmare. So what I'm actually going to do is go down here to the bottom right corner of this little hide outline box, and I'm going to select hide all outlines. And basically what that does is it removes all the cuts from the image except for the largest element of that image, which in this case is just the outline of that S. Basically, we have just the outline, but I also want to go in here and add something again in this little cavity or this little hole right here.
And basically, by selecting it and changing it from a lighter gray to a darker gray, it basically turns that part back on, where it will be part of our image again. So if we select outside of this box, just click outside of the box and as you can see here, now you won't have any of those little details that would have been a nightmare to remove. Now, some of you might be wondering why I wouldn't go over here and solder on the "Santa's Magic Key," like all of this here, and then do all the skin contouring.
And I actually tried to do that in one of my tests and basically all those details clogged up Cricut Design Space so much that I didn't want anything to appear on the screen. So I'll have to stop by and do it one by one. So to save you all that time, I'm going to speed it up from now on. (upbeat music) Alright, here we go. Doesn't it seem much better? Trying to remove it now won't be a complete nightmare, so thank goodness. Alright, now what I'm going to do is convert this little rectangle that you added to the back of this image.
I want to transform that into templates for our surface, so let me go ahead and grab that surface real quick. Now, I went ahead and measured this before, just the inside part of this frame, so to speak, and it's 13 inches wide and about 10 inches tall. I'm going to plug those numbers into Cricut Design Space for this rectangle we have here and then use that to resize our design appropriately. Alright, we want to make sure that that rectangle is selected. Now, if you're doing this with a layout that doesn't include it, just come over here to the left side of the page and click on the shapes, open a square and you can do the exact same thing.
So with this rectangle selected, I'm going to go up here where it says size and unlock that lock so we can have a different measurement for the width versus the height. Because every time that lock is selected, it basically locks itself to the proportions of whatever it is currently on. So with that width, I'll type here 13 for 13 inches, hit Enter, and then for the height, I'll type 10 for 10 inches, hit Enter, and there we go. Alright, now I'm going to get this out of the way. Alright, since some of the elements in this design overlap, I figured I would click and drag over all of them and then weld them all together to create a solid, flat image.
So, that's exactly what I'm going to do. I'll click and drag over all of this and then come down here to the bottom right corner and select weld. Alright, some of you might be wondering what the difference is between soldering and joining and that can be a complicated question, not to mention adding flattening and bundling and all that. So what I'm actually planning to do is post a video in January that goes over all the ins and outs of soldering, joining, flattening, bundling, as well as a bunch of other little nuances, caveats, tools, and such from Cricut Design Space. functions and all that.
Since this is all already soldered, I'll basically click and drag our design right on top of our template here. I can click on this little hollow handle just to drag it and resize it, just like that. Alright, that doesn't look bad at all, honestly. However, I wish our design was a little taller just to fill some of this space up here. And to do that, what I can actually do is go down here to the bottom left corner of our layout, click on this little lock, and that's basically unlocking the proportions of this layout. So now we can click on this little handle and then just barely move it or mute it a little bit.
Now, be careful with this, a little bit can go a long way. If you stretch it too much, it can look distorted very, very quickly. (upbeat music) Okay, I like the way it looks. I think it will look really good. So I'm going to go ahead and lock this back into place. Alright, it looks pretty good as far as the proportions go, although I'm going to scale them down a bit. (upbeat music) It's that simple. I think it will look really good once it's all said and done. Alright, now what I'm going to do is come over here to the right side of the page where the layers panel is.
And next to this little red rectangle or this red template, I'll click on this little eye icon to basically hide it from our design. And then we're basically ready to go ahead and crop this, so I'm going to go up here to the top right corner and select "Make it." Alright, this is just the mat preview screen where it shows you where it's going to be cut relative to our cutting mat. So I'm going to come down here and select continue. Alright, this is the base material cutting settings page. Basically, where you tell your Cricut cutting machinewhat material it is.
It's supposed to be cutting, so you know how much pressure to use, what speed to use, all that fun stuff. Now I'm using StarCraft HD permanent adhesive vinyl. Once again, I love this, I can't say enough about it, it's just amazing. However, the cut setting I like to use is the premium vinyl cut setting. So if you're using a Cricut Explore device, make sure your dial is set to custom and I would honestly recommend keeping it custom so you have access to all of these material cutting settings at all times. But I'm going to select browse all, and then I'm going to do a search for premium, and then I'm going to select premium vinyl, and then I'm going to select done.
Alright, now I'm going to load my vinyl onto my cutting mat and start cutting. (upbeat music) (Cricut machine running) (upbeat music) Alright, every time I remove material from my cutting mat, what I always like to do is turn the mat over and then peel it off the vinyl or material, whatever. whatever you're using, rather than the other way around, just to help minimize any damage to your material. (upbeat music) Alright, I'm going to go ahead and cut off the excess vinyl that didn't have a design on it, that way we can save it for future projects. (upbeat music) And I'm also grabbing my weeding tool, because everyone knows I love this, this is absolutely amazing.
It has a tiny microscopic pin sticking out of the end making it a complete and total game changer for removing any type of vinyl or HTV. Really, really, really great for little details that you also need to eliminate. And again, I'll have this, as well as literally everything else I use, list or mention, listed and linked for you in the description box below, as well as promo codes, where applicable, because I mean, who doesn't? Love a bargain? Well then. (laughs) (upbeat music) Alright, we're done deleting everything here. And now what I'm actually going to do is take some transfer tape, and I'm just going to spread it out on my desk sticky side up, take my design, and then apply it face down. the transfer tape. (upbeat music) I'm going to take the squeegee tool like this one here and then I'm just going to polish it up real good. (upbeat music) Then cut the transfer tape. (upbeat music) And then just turn it over and then just drain it some more. (upbeat music) Alright, when it comes to applying permanent adhesive vinyl to a wood surface, there are a few things you should probably keep in mind.
Now, the wood itself should be quite, quite soft. So if it's very textured, or uneven, or just a little all over the place, you'll probably want to make sure you sand it really well first or find another piece of wood. Another thing that is very, very important is to make sure you seal the wood first. I get asked all the time what sealant I use after applying vinyl, and here's the thing: You don't need to apply a sealant over permanent adhesive vinyl. It is permanent adhesive vinyl, it is rated to last outdoors, sometimes up to five, six, seven or eight years.
Alright. But what you need to make sure is that you apply the vinyl on a suitable surface. So the general rule, again, with permanent adhesive vinyl is that the surface you apply it to should be clean, it should be smooth, and the glossier the better. And since wood is quite porous and not all the time very smooth and usually not at all shiny, you really need to make sure you prepare that wood so that the vinyl can cure and adhere properly. So what I'm doing for this project here is painting the back surface of this little wooden frame red and then covering it with a top coat, like the glossy tone of glass lacquer.
Now, you can seal your wood with polyacrylic or polyurethane, as long as it gives a nice, smooth, clean, shiny, or at least semi-glossy surface, you'll be fine. Now, this wood that I'm using today is already very, very soft. So what I actually did last night was I went ahead and taped this up, painted it red and then gave it two really good coats of gloss tone glass lacquer. And that's how it turned out here. I feel like I'm on one of those cooking shows where they show you how to do everything and how to prepare everything, but secretly they've had that food cooking in the oven the whole time and they just go ahead and throw it away.
Take it out and it will be all finished and ready. That's who I am right now. (laughs) So I'm going to go ahead and take some permanent adhesive vinyl again and I want to make sure it's flipped over and I'm going to remove the backing paper from the transfer tape and the vinyl. (upbeat music) And I'll also take a sheet of parchment paper like this one here and then apply it to the back of the permanent adhesive vinyl and transfer tape. (upbeat music) And I really want to make sure that the vinyl, as you can see here, peeks out a little bit above where the parchment paper ends.
That way we can line them up on our surface and then once we get them where we want them to be, we can go ahead and just apply the top section to the surface. (upbeat music) Alright, that looks great there. So I'm going to go ahead and then push down the top of this vinyl right here on that surface. You can even take a squeegee and do it if you want. (upbeat music) And then I'm going to pick up this transfer tape, slide the parchment paper off, and then I'm going to take that squeegee tool again and then I'm just going to buff it to the surface. (upbeat music) And then you just take a corner of that transfer tape and then slowly, very slowly, pull it back. (upbeat music) And then put this transfer tape away, because you can use this stuff over and over again.
And the way I store this is by simply applying it to an empty cardboard tube, like a roll of paper towels or whatever. It adheres perfectly to the outside of the cardboard and you can simply peel it off and use it over and over again. Alright, as much as I hate doing this, I'm going to go ahead and untie this little ribbon here from this little magic Santa key, that way we can hang this exactly where we want it to be. on this poster. (upbeat music) Alright, now I'm going to go ahead and screw this little miniature C hook onto this board. (upbeat music) Now, if you like this episode today or if you learned something new, honestly, it would mean a lot to me if you would take two seconds to hit the like button and drop a comment in the comments section. below.
Both of these things help me tremendously here on YouTube and I honestly can't thank you enough. Also, while you're at it, if you're new here and just want to figure out how to best use your Cricut cutting machine, well, you might consider hitting that subscribe button and then ringing that little bell for all notifications so you never have to miss a single Cricut minute. Also at this point in the video, you should have all the words that create that little hidden Christmas or holiday-themed phrase. So if you're in the US, text me at 502-878-7189. If you are outside the US, email me at [email protected].
You have until 11:59 p.m. PST on Christmas Day, December 25, to register everyone. And the plan is to draw the winner on New Year's Day, but I'll definitely text my entire texting community to let them know about that because there are many, many entries to review. Thank you all so much for watching today's episode. It really, really, really means a lot to me. And until next time. Stay crafty. (upbeat music)

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