Vinyl Inspiration

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By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the blog A Geek In Glasses.

Did you know that there is Sticky Adhesive Vinyl that you can hand cut or use with a Cricut Cutter Machine? Did you know that you can make your own vinyl decals? Think about all the possibilities!

Use adhesive vinyl and a Cricut machine to make a personalized canvas. Tutorial at

Here is an idea that I had for a gift.

I am heading to a Graduation Party and needed a gift. I was looking for something that a young man could use, but still have that inspirational feel. I am really into wall art and think that canvas prints are pretty cool.  I had to figure out how to get a clean looking text with a clip art image on a canvas without hand painting it. I found that the sticky adhesive vinyl was the answer! No artistic ability needed!


For Text

Start on this project by choosing a saying and a piece of clip art. For mine, I chose a quote about bicycling and a clip art of a bike. Using my Cricut Cutter, I cut out the letters of the saying on a piece of adhesive vinyl, then the clip art as well.

If you do not have a cutter, then the clip art could be traced out on the vinyl, then carefully cut out with a craft knife. There are pre-cut letters available if you don’t have a cutter.

Vinyl cutouts

To prepare the decals, once cut, the negative spaces need picked out, this is called weeding the vinyl.

Vinyl Lettering

Then use the removable adhesive transfer tape to make the vinyl text and clip art ready to apply to the canvas. 


I used a white 12 x 12 canvas. To layout my project I used pieces of 1/2″ Scotch Tape to create my measurements for lining up my text.  This way there are NO pencil marks on the canvas. It’s hard to erase them and I find that a lot of the times the pencil leaves a mark.

Line Up

Next, line up the text how you like. I used a half inch over and a half inch down, to place my text in the upper left hand corner. Once the text is lined up and ready to go, rub a popsicle stick over the decal to make sure the letters stick. Then carefully remove the transfer tape.

Vinyl on Canvas

Then I used the Scotch Tape for a half inch margin on the bottom and I centered the bike decal on the canvas. Again, I used the wooden stick to make sure the vinyl sticks to the canvas, again remove the transfer tape.

Mod Podge on Canvas


Closeup Mod Podge

To finish the piece, I covered the entire canvas in a thin coat of Mod Podge.

Use a piece of adhesive vinyl to create a one of a kind canvas gift. Tutorial at


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