As you know the I’m spiffing up my little guys bedroom (read about it here). I’m spending my days painting, sewing, crafting, and trying out some new mediums. I’ve planned a pretty sweet gallery wall for his room and I really wanted to make a unique globe print for it. Unfortunately to make it look right, the lines are really thin, and I couldn’t figure out how I was going to paint it and keep the lines crisp. Theeeeeen the experimental light bulb went off and I learned you can use Heat Transfer Vinyl on wood!!!!
I know what you’re thinking… this isn’t rocket science, I’ve been making signs with vinyl on them for years. Buuut, with vinyl you can definitely tell it is a sticker on wood, the sheen of the vinyl isn’t exactly paint like, and it could easily be pulled off. With HTV on wood, it is so thin, it seriously looks like paint; even when you rub your finger over the edge you can hardly feel the transition!
This Heat transfer vinyl on wood method works perfect for hard to weed images, because the sticky top layer helps to keep everything in place, and you don’t have to transfer it, just flip and stick.
How to Apply Heat Transfer Vinyl to Wood
If you have ever used HTV on fabric, you don’t have much to learn (if you haven’t you can learn all about HTV for beginners from Silhouette School).
You will need:
- A piece of wood, with a smooth surface (I tried, raw, stained and painted wood and they all worked fine)
- Heat Transfer Vinyl from Expressions Vinyl (I tried smooth, and glitter- both awesome) *affiliate link*
- Weeding tool
- Iron on cotton setting
I didn’t do complete step by step, because the process is quite simple.
- Determine your design and mirror the image before you cut on HTV vinyl.
- Apply the design to the wood.
- Place hot iron directly on the heat resistant plastic layer and iron for approx 60- 70 seconds (moving the iron around). Too long will make the vinyl ripple, not long enough will allow it to peel back when you remove the top plastic.
- Wait about 30 seconds until the plastic cools; remove and enjoy your faux painted sign (wink, wink, only we have to know!).
The glitter HTV * actually worked amazing, it took a lot less time under the iron, and maintained its glittery surface really well. No more burnishing raw litter into glue for me- HTV all the way!
I can’t believe how awesome these wood signs look and they literally took me less than 15 minutes to make!
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Thanks for visiting, hope you have a crafty day !!