Can you use iron on vinyl on wood?

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"First Aid" supply box for my dog that was labeled using white Cricut Iron On Vinyl.

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

Supplies

Step One

Cut your iron on vinyl. Don’t forget to place it shiny side down on your mat and cut it as a mirrored image.

Step Two

Weed away your excess vinyl, leaving only your design on the carrier sheet (the clear piece).

Step Three

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).

Centering my weeded iron on on the wood box.
Centering my weeded iron on on the wood box.

Step Four

Preheat your Cricut EasyPress™ to 340 degrees Fahrenheit. Once it’s preheating, press down firmly on your wood for approximately 10 seconds.

Using the EasyPress to apply iron on vinyl to a wood box. Piece of cotton between the box and heat press.

Step Five

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.

Step Six

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.

Step Seven

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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How to apply iron on vinyl or HTV to a wood box! This is SUPER easy!

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