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How To Use Cricut Adhesive Foil Vinyl On Wood Furniture – Tutorial

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Do you know that you can use Cricut adhesive foil vinyl to design custom wood furniture? In this illustrated tutorial, I will show you step by step how I decorated a painted wooden dresser with Cricut adhesive foil vinyl to create custom wood furniture. I decorated a painted wooden dresser with Cricut adhesive foil vinyl in my daughter’s nursery.

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Can You Use Cricut Adhesive Foil Vinyl On Wood Furniture?

You can easily design custom wood furniture using Cricut adhesive foil vinyl. You can use the permanent adhesive foil vinyl to decorate wood dressers, chairs, bed frames, picture frames, and much more! You can also use other permeate adhesive vinyl products from Cricut to create custom wood projects.

How To Use Cricut Adhesive Foil Vinyl On Wood Furniture?

You will want to measure where you want to apply your adhesive foil vinyl. That way you can scale the size of your design before cutting it out of the vinyl. For this custom furniture design, I will be decorating the dresser side panels and dresser drawers.

For this vinyl project, I did a four-layered cherry blossom. Each finished flower will be 1 3/4 inches wide, if you add the leaf then your complete flower will 2 inches wide. Below on the left are the adhesive foil vinyl sheets with the Glad Press and Seal on top, that I cut out using my Cricut. On the right is an example of each piece of the flower layer as it is assembled.

Note: This flower pattern is not my design. It was created by Jennifer Maker at jennifermaker.com, I was able to use it for free on my furniture project.

How To Apply Adhesive Foil Vinyl To Wood Furniture

Make sure to use the Cricut rubbing tool or an old plastic gift card to transfer your vinyl decal to the transfer tape. I like using Glad Press and Seal instead of transfer tape because is it cheaper than the transfer tape. The Glad Press and Seal rolls are bigger, and it lasts a lot longer than a roll of transfer tape.

Using rubbing alcohol and a lint-free cloth wipe down the painted wood surface. This will be where you would like to apply your adhesive foil vinyl. Make sure the area is dry before placing the adhesive foil vinyl on the wood.

If required, trim away additional vinyl pieces from the Cricut backing paper as needed according to your chosen design. Peel off the paper backing, leaving the adhesive foil vinyl on the sticky transfer tape or Glad Press and Seal sheet. Attached the transfer material and adhesive foil vinyl to the clean wood furniture surface. Using the Cricut rubbing tool or an old plastic gift card to transfer your vinyl decal onto your clean project area.

Note: If you are doing a large vinyl decal you will want to fold your transferring material and vinyl decal design using the taco method. Place your vinyl decal in the center of your vinyl project area. This will help avoid air bubbles and creases in your transfer tape and design. You can reposition your design as needed before rubbing to transfer your vinyl to the project surface.

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How To Apply The Second Layer of Adhesive Foil Vinyl To Wood Furniture

Following the same process you will attach the large adhesive foil vinyl flower on top of the leaf.

  1. Trim the large adhesive flower with transfer material on top.

  2. Place the large adhesive flower on top of the leaf.

  3. Transfer the large adhesive flower by rubbing it with your Cricut rubbing tool.

  4. Peel the transfer material off of the large adhesive flower.

How To Apply The Third Layer of Adhesive Foil Vinyl To Wood Furniture

Using the same process you will attach the small adhesive foil vinyl flower in the center of the large flower.

  1. Trim the small adhesive flower with transfer material on top.

  2. Place the small adhesive flower in the center of the large flower.

  3. Transfer the small adhesive flower by rubbing it with your Cricut rubbing tool.

  4. Peel the transfer material off of the small adhesive flower.

How To Apply The Fourth Layer of Adhesive Foil Vinyl To Wood Furniture

Following the same process you will attach the center of the flower in the middle of the small flower.

  1. Trim the adhesive flower center with transfer material on top.

  2. Place the adhesive flower center in the middle of the small flower.

  3. Transfer the adhesive flower center by rubbing it with your Cricut rubbing tool.

  4. Peel the transfer material off of the adhesive flower center.

This is what the dresser looks like before and after using the Cricut’s adhesive foil vinyl to create custom wood furniture for my daughter’s bedroom. You can see a big different in how the bedroom furniture looks with and without adhesive vinyl decals. I hope this simple tutorial has motivated you to use your Cricut to create custom furniture of your own!

Are There Craft Projects That Cricut Adhesive Foil Vinyl Are Not Used For?

Adhesive foil vinyl and other foil products do not work well with intricate cut designs and lettering because it will cause the foil to tear. Solid images work the best with all foil products. You should also consider if you are going to use the wood furniture outdoors or indoors.

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Can You Use Cricut Adhesive Foil Vinyl For Indoor Wood Projects?

Adhesive Foil Vinyl will work great for indoor projects. You shouldn’t have a problem if you are going to use it to custom wood furniture indoors. Adhesive Foil Vinyl and other permeant adhesive vinyl will work great on any surfaces that you intend to wash or handle on a regular basis.

Can You Use Cricut Adhesive Foil Vinyl For Outdoor Wood Projects?

You can use adhesive foil vinyl and other permeant vinyl on your outdoor wood projects. If your wood furniture is going to be showcased outdoors, then you will want to consider using a clear sealer to protect your finished work. No matter if you are crafting your custom wood furniture for yourself or to sell, you can’t go wrong with using this adhesive foil vinyl from Cricut.

When Should You Use Cricut’s Permanent Adhesive Foil Vinyl?

You should use Permanent Adhesive Foil Vinyl when you want the custom vinyl design to last on your project. A permanent vinyl project can be hand-washed and exposed to outdoor weather. For example:

  • wine glasses
  • water tumblers
  • any big kitchen appliances
  • KitchenAid mixer
  • coffee maker
  • custom outdoor furniture
  • coffee mugs
  • mirrors
  • car windows
  • wood signs
  • outdoors signs
  • flower pots

The adhesive vinyl will need to cure for 24 to 48 hours. If your try to remove the permanent vinyl after being cured, from your custom design project it can and will leave residue behind. This vinyl is great to use on outdoor projects or on car windows for custom vinyl decals.

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When Should You Use Cricut’s Removable Adhesive Foil Vinyl?

You should use Removable Adhesive Foil Vinyl when you do not want to leave a mark on the item you want to put the vinyl on. For example:

  • walls
  • temporary window clings
  • indoor wood furniture
  • wall hangings
  • canvas
  • doors
  • Custom Christmas ornaments
  • custom designs for cell phone covers
  • The back of a cell phone

This vinyl is great to use indoors, on fragile and pours surfaces for projects that will not be washed.

Note: Both vinyl types have a shelf life of 2 years on the roll. After that time frame the adhesive on the vinyl does stick as well.

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8 Helpful Tips Before Starting Your Adhesive Foil Vinyl Project?

  1. Makes sure to have a clean fine tip blade before cutting a foil project. You can clean your fine tip blade by poking it into a ball of foil.

  2. Pre-measure the area where you want to attach your vinyl before cutting your design into the vinyl. It can be frustrating when your cut vinyl does not fit your craft project.

  3. Since this is not an iron-on vinyl, you can cut your adhesive foil vinyl without the mirror setting. The mirror setting, is only needed for iron projects.

  4. Make sure your adhesive foil vinyl is shine side up on your mat, before loading it into your Cricut machine for cutting.

  5. Wipe down the area where the vinyl will go, with rubbing alcohol and a lint-free cloth or coffee filter. This will help remove any extra dirt and oil from your project area, so your vinyl will attach to your project successfully.

  6. Make sure the project surface is dry before attaching the foil vinyl!

  7. Use transfer tape or Glad Press and Seal to remove your vinyl project from the Cricut backing paper to your project surface area.

  8. If you are doing a large vinyl decal you will want to fold your transfer material like a taco, sticky side down on the outside. Place the transfer material in the center of your vinyl project. This will help avoid air bubbles and creases in your transfer tape.

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