I have a strategy that I use to make craft vinyl stick to wood better. It’s a bit of extra work but it really helps it stick!
Wood type and roughness impacts how well vinyl sticks. Paint/stain type impacts vinyl sticking to wood as well. Use the RIGHT vinyl for your project. You can use heat transfer vinyl on wood. It melts into the wood nicely. Use outdoor rated vinyl like 671 on outdoor projects. Let your paint fully dry for the FULL cure time.
Supplies: – Oracel Permanent 651 Vinyl- White/Black – Cricut Transfer Tape – Hair Dryer – Cricut Maker
Paint your wood. Let it dry completely. It helps to snap a photo or two of your vinyl design to use for a reference as you work.
Start by adding your bottom most piece of vinyl to the wood. Quick tip: hit each layer with your hair dryer. Just warm and press the vinyl into the wood.
Add your second layer and line up your next layer. Use your blow dryer again to heat the vinyl and press it with your fingers. So simple!
Now you want to add the black layers over the white. Next up, I added my white pawn layer. You can see it all coming together now!
Add the last layer, which in this project is the black pawn. Hit it again with the blow dryer. Admire your handiwork! Let me know if you try this blow dryer trick. It really helps.
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Danielle is a DIY/craft/sewing blogger on DIYDanielle.com. She loves to write about projects that she makes for her small farm, her children, and her home.