Now here is a really easy and budget-friendly DIY Easy Cricut Vinyl Project. I believe even Santa would approve since Reindeer’s deserve their very own treat plate!
I picked up this sparkly red charger plate at Hobby Lobby when it was 40% off. Instantly I thought of Rudolph’s shiny nose so bright! You could even use a dollar store plate or charger for this project as well.
Let me show you the steps to create this easy Cricut vinyl project for Reindeer Treats! There is even a video below if you prefer to learn visually, I know I do 🙋♀️
Table of Contents
- Any plate you prefer (I used a 13″ Charger plate)
- Premium or Removeable Vinyl ( I used Cricut’s Premium Vinyl)
- Cricut Weeding Tool Set
- Transfer tape
- Cricut Explore Air or Cricut Maker
- Optional plate stand
- Optional Portable Trimmer (I love this trimmer)
- My modified Cricut Design Space File
I am happy to report the process for applying Permanent or Removable Vinyl is very easy. It’s one of those processes where once you’ve done it, it just becomes easy peasy the more you do it.
It’s actually one of the main reasons I love to provide video for my blog posts as it seems to be extremely helpful. There are only a few steps to the process as well.
- Cut vinyl with a cutting machine
- Weed vinyl
- Apply transfer tape and burnish the image
- Apply the image and peel off the transfer tape
- Admire your creative potential! ☺
I love how easy it is to create any project when you are an access member. They have thousands of images and you have many ways to personalize them.
Grab my Cricut Design Space file here if you have not already
Resize the file if your plate is different than my 13″ plate then click on “Make it” in the upper right-hand corner.
You will then see the screen where you can click on each mat on the left to check if you want to re-arrange any images to a different location of the mat or to a different mat entirely.
There is also an option to “mirror” your project but no need to on “this” vinyl project, so you can ignore the mirror slider bars on the left.
I decided on the second black mat, If I moved my images a bit I could save on my vinyl material. I love to find ways to save material when I can! 🤑
Once my mats were arranged I clicked on “Continue”
Click on “Browse materials”
Click on the “All Categories” drop-down choice and choose which vinyl you are using. I am using Premium for this easy Cricut vinyl project.
Once you select which vinyl you are using you will see the screen to load your fine point blade in clamp B and load mat and press go on your Cricut machine.
Place the vinyl shiny side up on your green Cricut Mat
Place the mat onto your Cricut and click on the double arrow and load the mat (see small picture)
Then press the flashing GO button (see small picture)
Once the cut is complete click on the unload button and turn your Cricut mat upside down to easily remove the vinyl
Hot TIP for taking your Cricut vinyl out of the plastic tubes. I show this process in my video too!
Be sure to “NOT” pull the vinyl out of the tube from the inside piece from the middle of the rolled-up vinyl. Eventually, this will harm your vinyl. Not to mention cause frustration.
It’s much easier to place 2-3 fingers on the inside of the roll and turn your fingers so the vinyl gets just a tiny bit smaller of a roll then simply pull out the whole roll. ✔
To get the roll to go back in the tube easily, simply roll the vinyl up a bit smaller than the tube and place the roll in the tube and let go and it will form back into the tube perfectly. Then place the lid back on the tube roll. ✔
Load your remaining colors of vinyl color by color until cutting is complete.
Once your vinyl has finished the cutting process, it’s time to weed the material you will not use from each image. Some refer to this as the negative part of the image.
Once all your images are weeded it’s time to apply a piece of transfer tape to each image. This will allow you to transfer your beautiful cut design onto the product you want it to go on. In this case, the plate.
Cut and apply transfer tape
I find it best to cut a piece of transfer tape about the same size as your image, not smaller. Then pull back the backing of the transfer tape about an inch. Just enough to get the top of your image to be covered evenly with the transfer tape.
Then turn the image to the side and with one hand pull the backing off and the other hand smoothing out the transfer tape onto the vinyl image. Be sure to watch the video if you are new to this process. It will make much more sense I’m sure 😉
Hot TIP Be sure to save the backing paper you pulled off the transfer tape as you can “re-use” transfer tape over and over until it loses too much stickiness. Once you’ve transferred your image to your plate, simply put the sticky transfer tape back on the backing paper until ready to use again 😉
Then burnish the transfer tape to the vinyl image so it will want to stick to the image instead of the backing paper on the next step. I find it really helps to turn the image over and burnish the backside 😊
Once all vinyl images have their transfer tape on them and burnished it’s time to prep your plate so the vinyl will adhere perfectly. This is super easy with a lint-free cloth or a coffee filter and I put rubbing alcohol in a little squirt bottle for easy spraying.
Simply spray with the alcohol and wipe with a lint-free cloth. Once the plate is dry you may apply vinyl.
If you have any hand lotion on your hands it’s a good idea to wash your hands before working on your project as well. Scrub a dub dub! 🛀
Applying the vinyl is just like applying the transfer tape, Yay! Easy!
How to easily apply Cricut vinyl with ease
Once the image is on the plate, burnish it evenly onto the plate, then slowly pull away the transfer tape and ensure the vinyl image is only sticking to the plate. If any of the vinyl still sticks to the transfer tape, simply rub your finger onto it again and then proceed again.
I used sparkle vinyl for the inside of the reindeer eyes. The picture comes out kinda funny looking but in person, the Reindeer’s eyes have a cute twinkle ✨
I simply peeled off the sparkle vinyl with my fingers and stuck it to the back of the black portion of the eyes. This way when I applied the black eyes and nose the sparkle vinyl shows as the inner part of the Reindeer’s eyes. Too cute!
Once eyes are ready you may apply them on top of the Reindeer (same steps as the Reindeer)
Next apply the words, Reindeer, and Treats (same steps as the Reindeer again)
You may wish to display with a plate stand as I did
Such an Easy Cricut Vinyl Project and cute too!
Video of Easy Cricut Vinyl Project
Would you like to see some beautiful Infusible Ink Coasters I made with some positive and intentional messages on them?
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