Can you use iron on vinyl or HTV on wood? YES! Here’s how you can use HTV for your wood projects.
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I recently built some wood boxes for a guest post on One Project Closer. Originally my plan was to use vinyl to make some stencils to label the boxes. I tried it. Fail. The acrylic paint didn’t stick well to the metallic paint that I used on the boxes. It peeled right off. What a waste of time!
I decided to try to use iron on vinyl (HTV to those of you who don’t use a Cricut). While I hadn’t use HTV for wood before, this was VERY easy to do and it worked great.
These boxes were for the dog feeding station in my custom DIY laundry shelves. They fit behind the dog bowls and are perfect for storing grooming supplies and a puppy first aid kit.
How to Apply Iron On to Wood
- Cricut Air 2, Cricut Maker™, or the Cricut Joy (my new toy)
- Cutting mat
- Weeding tool
- Cricut EasyPress™
- Cotton scrap fabric
- Iron On Vinyl
- Wood box
Cut your iron on vinyl. Don’t forget to place it shiny side down on your mat and cut it as a mirrored image.
Weed away your excess vinyl, leaving only your design on the carrier sheet (the clear piece).
Place your design down on your wood. Cover with a scrap of cotton (choose a piece of fabric that will completely cover your wood so the heat press isn’t touching your wood/paint job).
Preheat your Cricut EasyPress™ to 340 degrees Fahrenheit. Once it’s preheating, press down firmly on your wood for approximately 10 seconds.
Check on your design. If the clear sheet comes away easily, leaving the iron on stuck to the wood, you can remove completely. If not, let the wood cool, then repeat Step Four and Five.
I found that the adhesive on the carrier sheet seems to come off on the wood a bit. Once I remove the carrier sheet, I placed the cotton fabric back down over my design, then pressed for a few more seconds. This seemed to help make the residue less obvious; I’m not sure if the cotton soaked up the residue or if the heat melted the residue or what.
Leave me a comment! If you try this technique, let me know what you think! I usually use permanent vinyl for wood projects, but I’m kind of digging this method! Time will tell how well it lasts!
Here’s a video tutorial of the process!
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Danielle Pientka is the sewing and DIY blogger behind DIYDanielle.com. She taught herself to sew in 2011 when she wanted to make cloth diapers for her first son. She’s been sewing everything from ecofriendly items to kids products to clothing since, as it has become a passion. She loves learning how to do new things and teaching others in the process. She hopes to inspire other moms to take time for themselves to find their own creative passion.
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