Outdoor Garden Art Post Cricut Permanent Vinyl

Outdoor Garden Art Post with Cricut Permanent Vinyl

Cricut Premium Permanent Vinyl is a durable, fade-resistant, water-resistant craft vinyl perfect for garden projects! Cricut permanent vinyl is rated for 3 years of use in outdoor applications.  Add vinyl to ordinary white vinyl fencing to create one-of-a-kind garden art poles for your favorite gardener (or yourself!).

garden  post cut design

Give your outdoor vinyl project the best chance at a long life by following these guidelines.

  • Vinyl works best on a smooth, clean surface. These vinyl posts are an ideal surface for vinyl application. Just be sure to clean the surface first as directed.
  • Apply each vinyl decal slowly, beginning from one side, using your hand or a scraper to get as bubble-free an application possible.
  • Use gentle heat to address any issues with application and ensure 100% adhesion to the surface. Take care when applying heat from a heat gun to avoid damaging the vinyl.
  • Wait 48-72 hours before exposing your outdoor project to the elements to allow the adhesion to fully bond.
  • If you choose, protect your outdoor project with a few very light coats of exterior clear coat spray for plastic or vinyl surfaces. A few light coats is key. Do not use a heavy application and the spray will add additional UV and water-resistance, extending the life of your garden art.

New to vinyl crafting? Check out 10 Transfer Tape Tips for Beginners and Vinyl 101: The Very Basics of How to Vinyl for additional tips for working with this versatile product.

Materials

Directions

Purchase a vinyl fence post or post sleeve from your local hardware store. I am using this post sleeve from Home Depot plus the coordinating post sleeve cap for my project. The post measures 40 inches tall and 4 inches wide.

Step 1

Create your cut design in Cricut Design Space. Begin by adding 4 long rectangles to your canvas. The rectangles represent the post and should be the same size as your particular pole. My post is 4x4x40 inches, so my 4 rectangles are each 4x40 inches. You won’t be cutting out these rectangles - they will just serve as your guide for sizing and placing your decorative imagery.

I am using the following decorative designs included with Cricut Access, as well as some basic shapes.

  • Welcome - #M28AB6B1E
  • Flower - #M41541
  • Flowers - #M43822
  • Flower - #M4388E
  • Flower - #M26DCAB4B
  • Flower - #M3270D66D
  • Leaf - #MD71597
  • Leaf - #M891D42A
  • Leaves - #M23EA371E
  • Leaves - #M26DC72C0
  • Birds - #M41711
  • Sun - #MB5341AE

cut design

Organize the designs on the rectangles so that they fall mostly on one side of the pole, with a just a bit of overlap to ensure continuity from one side of the pole to the other. After placing the main flower and leaf elements, create some filler shapes (circle, plus, etc.) that can be used to add some texture to the gaps between the key designs.

When you are satisfied with the design layout, hide the 4 long rectangles on the canvas and make the project. Weed to remove the excess vinyl.

Step 2

To help apply the vinyl in the same layout as you’ve created in Design Space, I recommend taking some screenshots of Design Space, including the grid scaled to 1 or 2 inches. Print the screenshots to make a paper pattern. Use the grid measurements on the pattern and a yardstick to help you position vinyl designs in approximately the same place as your cut design.

prep guide

Step 3

Clean the post using rubbing alcohol and allow it to dry before applying the vinyl. Beginning from the bottom of the post, use the yardstick to determine the placement of flower and leaves. Transfer the cut vinyl using your hands or transfer tape, depending on the complexity of the vinyl design.

garden art post

Continue working from the bottom of the post up and around the 4 sides.

garden art post

Once you’ve worked your way part way up the post from the bottom, repeat the process working from the top of the post down.

garden art post

garden art post

Continue working until all the flowers and leaves are applied to the 4 sides of the post.

garden art post

Use small circles, crosses, etc. to fill gaps between the main flower and leaf designs.

Step 4

Warm the vinyl using a heat gun to ease out any air bubbles that my have formed during your application. Hold the heat gun above the surface of the post for a few seconds. Work carefully. You don't want to apply too much heat for too long or else the vinyl itself will bubble.

heat vinyl

If necessary, use a pin to pop any large bubbles on the interior of a vinyl piece and use the heat to work it flat. Don't stress about small imperfections! Remember that this is an outdoor project that will be viewed from a distance and not close up.

Step 5

Wait 48-72 hours to allow the vinyl to fully adhere on the post. Fasten the post in your garden using a couple of garden stakes. Bring the post indoors during winter months to extend its life.

vinyl garden post 

Need more inspiration for permanent vinyl? 

Check out projects created by the Craft-e-Corner design team for more vinyl inspiration. Happy Making!

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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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