Let's Make Your Own Vinyl Wall Decals

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Introduction: Let's Make Your Own Vinyl Wall Decals

About: Autodesk-er, Manhattanite, Tinkerer

This is a quick how-to on making a vinyl wall decal easily and cheaply for your office using existing artwork and a Cricut Explore.

Step 1: Setting Up Your Cutting Board.

First things first bringing in your artwork to Cricut's Design Space. To keep things simple you would want your logo/motto/message/quote in high resolution vector art. Since we're dealing with a board only 12-inches wide, you might have to slice the image and save as individual pieces for it to be at the size you need. This can be as crazy as you like (i.e, one letter per cutting board, for instance) or try to maximize cutting time/space and group things together on the same board.

Scale is important to keep in mind.

Step 2: Cutting.

If you own one of these you'll quickly learn the ins and outs of setting up a vinyl mat, etc. It's definitely a learning experience....

Step 3: Removing the Negative Transfer

Here's wheres things start to get real fun.

Removing the vinyl carefully is key. Unfortunately, the Cricut vinyl cuts aren't as sophisticated of some of the professional produced double-sided laminates (blik, for instance) where you can just paste on wall and then remove the backing and wa-la!

That said, the machine does come with a really useful tool, that let's you peel off even the most detailed, thin slices of vinyl carefully.

Step 4:

Last step is to get it up on your wall.

If I were to do this again, would have added a piece of painter's tape as a level and used it as a straight-edge guide. Regardless, if you have a steady hand, take your time you can get it on nicely and [mostly] straight.

Now sit back and enjoy the awesomeness.

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    19 Discussions

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    TheMasterChef

    What a neat idea! I'm thinking of doing something like this for my room! Thanks for sharing!

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    shill32
    shill32

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Used a Roland CX24 to create a set of quotes on the walls of our school. Worked my way up to the largest, 10 metres long. Example below is 3m wide.

    Top tips. Use transfer film and clean walls.

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    seamster
    seamster

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Nice work, and a very clever design to share in an instructable!

    Those Cricuts look incredibly useful for doing vinyl work like this. I think I want one!

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    nurho83
    nurho83

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Consider a Silhouette Cameo instead. Much easier to get to work with something that's not made by Provocraft. Also, you can cut vinyl up to 10' long with it, no mat required (though you can still use a mat as it's considerably simpler for smaller jobs).

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    alesandrome
    alesandrome

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    thanks - Cricut's are pretty awesome, definitely recommended

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    Porda
    Porda

    5 years ago on Introduction

    I love the idea of having "Let's Make _____" above a desk. Great instructable.

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    alesandrome
    alesandrome

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    @audreyobscura - holographic sticker vinyl would be sick!

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    mchau2
    mchau2

    5 years ago

    i have a cricut courtesy of instructable ... but i have serious set up problem and cricut keep telling me to call them... but i am from hk china... cant call them

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    mchau2
    mchau2

    Reply 5 years ago

    great instructable never the less

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    alesandrome
    alesandrome

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks @mchau2 Hope you're able to figure out the tech side