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How to Make Vinyl Decals with Cricut Joy for Craft Room Organization

How to Make Vinyl Decals with Cricut Joy for Craft Room Organization

It's time to organize my office/craft room! In this project tutorial, I'm going to show you how to make some vinyl decals to add to a crafting cart. You could use these vinyl decals anywhere!

Compatible Machines for this Project: Cricut Maker, Cricut Explore, Cricut Joy

Materials:

1. Create your Design Using the Offset Feature

To make this look, create your own text in Design Space using the new offset feature. If you want to learn how to do this, check out this post here! When you're finished designing, make sure you size them to the correct dimensions you need. I made all of mine about 2.5" tall and then had the width sized proportionally. 

 

2. Click on "Make It".

If you have the Joy, you'll need to choose how you are going to cut your materials. I'm choosing "Mat". I'm not using Smart Materials, so I need to cut this vinyl on a mat.

If you're using an Explore or Maker machine, you'll just immediately be brought to the mat preview screen.

Regardless of your machine, make sure everything looks correct and is laid out how you want it. This is how your Cricut is going to cut the designs on the material.

3. Choose your cutting material, place your vinyl on the mat and get cutting!

Now we will choose our cutting material. For the Cricut Joy, I'm choosing "Premium Vinyl" for both the removable vinyl and the patterned vinyl.

Now we are going to cut the vinyl to the correct size we need. I like to use a paper trimmer to do this but scissors work just as well.

Once it's cut to size, place it on a StandardGrip cutting mat (or a LightGrip will work too!), load it into your machine and get cutting!

4. Weed your vinyl

Weeding is the process of removing the excess vinyl from around the design and inside of your design. Basically remove any vinyl you don't want in your design! I'm using a weeder tool and removing excess vinyl around the letters and then also inside of the letters. Be extra careful of skinny or tiny pieces like the dot in the "i".

5. Transfer the patterned vinyl to the white vinyl

Now we are going to layer our two vinyl designs. We are going to place the patterned vinyl on top of the white vinyl. To do this, cut your transfer tape to size and then place it on top of the patterned vinyl. Use a scraper tool to burnish the tape on top of the vinyl. I like to burnish on the front and the back on the vinyl. Once you think it's stuck on well, carefully remove the paper backing. When you're finished, it should look like the photo above!

6. Apply transfer tape on top of the vinyl combination 

Now we are going to apply transfer tape on top of our vinyl. Just like we just did, use your scraper tool to burnish the tape on top of the vinyl. Once you feel like it has stuck well, carefully remove the paper backing from the white vinyl. Then it will look like this (see photo above).

7. Apply your labels to your cart using transfer tape

This is our last step! Once again, using transfer tape, we are going to add our labels to the crafting cart. You can use a tape measure to get it perfectly centered if you want, but I just eyeballed it.

And that's it! I love using my Cricut to make labels, especially the Joy. I just crafted on my kitchen island and it was so nice to just be able to pull the Joy out, craft and then tuck it back on a shelf. It's super convenient! If you don't have a Joy yet, definitely click here to check out the selection of Joy bundles on our website.

Let us know in the comments below if you have any questions! Happy making.

-Courteney

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