July 4 Wreath: Cricut Iron-on on Wood

July 4 Wreath: Cricut Iron-on on Wood

July 4 Wreath

Did you know that you can apply iron-on or heat transfer vinyl (HTV) to wood? Well, you can! And in fact, it goes on smooth and easy, especially if you have a Cricut heat press machine. Check out the heat press settings that work wonderfully for wood projects in the article below.

Materials:

Extra-Long Machine Mats

Because my cut designs were longer than 11.5 inches, I needed to use an extra-long cutting mat with my Cricut Explore Air 2. You can purchase these 12x24 inch mats in a set of 3, one each of 3 different adhesive types – LightGrip, StandardGrip and StrongGrip.

Or skip the mats altogether, with one of Cricut’s full size Smart Machines, Explore 3 and Maker 3. Both these machines make long, continuous cuts when used with new Smart Materials - no mat needed! Interested in learning more about Smart  Materials? Check out Everything You Need to Know About Cricut Smart Materials on our blog.

smart materials

Iron-On Bundles

I wanted a quirky take on July 4th colors, so I’m using the Cricut Everyday Iron-On Red, Yellow, Royal, and Black Bundle plus a roll of Cricut Patterned Iron-on Sampler Ditzy Dots Primary for my wreath. 

Cricut Patterned Iron-on Sampler Ditzy Dots Primary

However, if you’d like something a bit more traditional, check out the following bundles featuring the ol' red, white and blue. Find these and more for your patriotic craft projects over in our Patriotic Collection.

For Cricut Joy:

Cricut Joy Smart StrongBond Iron-On Bundle - Red, White, Blue

Cricut Joy Smart StrongBond Iron-On Bundle - Red, White, Blue 

For Explore and Maker Series Machines (with a cutting mat):

Cricut Everyday Iron-On Red, White and Blue Bundle

Cricut Everyday Iron-On Red, White and Blue Bundle

For Explore 3 and Maker 3 (without a cutting mat):

Cricut Smart Iron-On 9ft Patriotic Bundle

Cricut Smart Iron-On 9ft Patriotic Bundle

Directions:

1) Create your cut design in Cricut Design Space.

I sized my design to fit a 14 inch wood round using the following basic shapes - circle, rectangle, and star - plus the text from design #M8B6B06B, "Land of the free because of the brave." Use the slice function in Design Space to trim and cut the basic shapes to fit your own circle, or find my project in Design Space here.

cut design

2) Make the project and weed the iron-on. 

Apply iron-on to the cutting mat liner-side down. The liner side is typically the shiny and/or more colorful side of the heat transfer vinyl. Take care to mirror the design prior to cutting.

mirror design

make the project

3) Apply the iron-on.

Preheat your EasyPress heat press machine to 300 degrees. Place your wood round on your pressing surface and preheat the wood for 5 seconds. 

(Did you know? EasyPress mats are the ideal pressing surface. These durable mats do more than just protect your work surface. They also promote even heat distribution for your best iron-on transfers ever!)

Place your iron-on liner-side-up on top of the warm wood and apply the EasyPress with firm pressure for 30 seconds.  Carefully check and remove the liner from the iron-on after it cools. If the vinyl is not fully adhered, replace the liner and apply heat in the same manner for an additional 15-20 seconds.

I decided to use the patterned iron-on for a base on my wreath. Then I applied my cut designs on top. I like to use parchment paper to protect underlying layers of iron-on from direct contact with the EasyPress when applying multiple layers. Or you could opt to paint your wood round white to make a neutral base for your cut designs. 

cover layers with parchment paper

4) Finish

Paint the edges of your wood round if desired. You can also paint or glue some felt if you want to finish the back of the wreath. Glue or screw a picture hanger to the back of the wreath and enjoy. Handmade holiday home decor!

land of the free wreath

iron-on wreath on wood

Need more inspiration for using iron-on heat transfer vinyl on wood? 

Check out these additional wood projects on our blog. And happy crafting!

DIY Wood Sign with Iron-On Vinyl

DIY Wood Sign with Iron-On Vinyl 

How to Apply Heat Transfer Vinyl to Wood with an EasyPress

How to Apply Heat Transfer Vinyl to Wood with an EasyPress

Wood Plant Pot Stakes with Cricut Iron-On

Wood Plant Pot Stakes with Cricut Iron-On

Lee Ann Lilly

Lee Ann is a mixed media hobbyist who enjoys using her Cricut machine for art projects as well as decorations for her home and garden. She's a new empty-nester with 2 adult daughters. Now she and her husband are free to embark on that US pizza eating tour they always talked about. Lee Ann provides IT support to Craft-e-Corner.

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