Make Vinyl Wall Quotes Using Your Cricut Die Cut Machine
If you are into budget decorating like I am, this is the project for you. Have you ever seen those gorgeous vinyl wall quotes everyone is raving about? Great news! You can make your very own quickly and easily with some contact paper and your Cricut machine. Yes, that's right—I said contact paper! In an article posted prior to this one, I explained how to make vinyl quotes out of contact paper and computer software but I thought I would take it a bit further and try doing these with the Cricut and it came out lovely. This project is tried and true. I am excited to share this with you.
- Cricut Die Cut Machine and Mat
- Cricut Cartridge of Choice or Sure Cuts A Lot Software
- Contact Paper (i used an old roll I had been saving)
- Spray Adhesive for Temporary Stick (like Elmers Craft Bond)
- Spray Paint (if you don't like the color of your contact paper)
Step 1—Cut Contact Paper to Size and Adhere to Mat
- The first thing to do is cut your contact paper to the size of the mat of whatever Cricut machine you are using. It would be either 6in x 12in or 12in by 12in. My machine is the Create which has 6in by 12in mat.
- So, once you have your contact paper cut to the mat size and assuming your contact paper is already the color or print that you want, it's time to spray the mat with some temporary spray adhesive and following the spray adhesive directions adhere the contact paper to the mat making sure to get all edges. Make sure it is completely stuck to the mat.
- Tip: I used an old mat for this. I don't throw out my mats because I've found that I can use temporary adhesive spray on them and use them over and over. I've been doing this quite some time and have never had any problem and my machine still works great. You may want to start saving old mats for this and save the new clean ones for other projects
- If your contact paper isn't the color that you would like it to be it's a good idea to paint it before cutting... I painted mine with dark brown glossy spray paint (it was an old roll that was white and had yellowed) then after it dried adhered it to the mat. As I've mentioned in previous hubs I like using spray paint.. it just covers really well and it dries quickly.
Step 2—Choose Your Font and Cut
- Okay, so we have our contact paper cut to size, painted if you prefer and then adhered to the mat. It's time to choose what you want to cut. I used "Sure Cuts a Lot" software to do mine. This is awesome software that allows you to use any font, dingbat or svg image saved to your PC. You may want to use one of the Cricut Cartridges... basically anything you can cut on that mat, you can make as décor for your wall. The possibilities are truly endless!
- Now cut your design (lower speed is best for intricate or detailed cutting). When finished carefully peel off the mat to avoid ripping any of the design. Also, before peeling and sticking to your wall, you may want to make some lines with a yardstick just to make sure everything is lined up and even.
- And that's all there is to it! A fabulous vinyl wall quote/design for less than a fraction of the price!