In this post, I’m sharing 9 heat transfer vinyl projects that you can try right now to create a long-lasting iron-on project with your Cricut/Silhouette and the EasyPress. These heat transfer vinyl projects are super easy to make once you have mastered how to apply iron-on vinyl.
Hello, Cricut buddies! Jav here from Cut N Make Crafts. Today, I’m sharing some very unique heat transfer vinyl projects ideas that you might have never seen before.
What is Heat Transfer Vinyl/Iron-on Vinyl
Heat transfer vinyl or iron-on vinyl is a special vinyl that needs heat to adhere to the surface. It will not stick if there’s no heat present which makes it perfect for application on t-shirts, leather, corkboard and so many other surfaces that I’m going to share with you in this post.
Benefits of Heat Transfer /Iron-on Vinyl
There are some amazing reasons why you should use a heat transfer vinyl instead of iron-on vinyl. For example:
- Heat transfer vinyl lasts longer than adhesive vinyl because it uses heat for application. The heat allows the vinyl to permanently adhere to the surface of the fabric thus preventing it from peeling.
- Heat transfer vinyl is very versatile. This means it can be applied to a variety of surfaces to create a long-lasting project.
How to Apply Heat Transfer/Iron-on Vinyl
To apply heat transfer vinyl, you would need to first cut it out using a cutting machine. You can also use your hands to cut out the heat transfer vinyl, however, this will not be practical for cutting out intricate shapes and texts. Therefore, you would need to use a cutting machine for example a Cricut or a Silhouette to cut out the vinyl. I have a complete step-by-step tutorial on cutting and applying heat transfer vinyl that you can check out here: How to use heat transfer vinyl for Cricut. It comes with a ONE-hour long video loaded with a ton of tips on applying heat transfer vinyl.
Things to Keep in Mind when Working with Heat Transfer/Iron-on Vinyl
You can apply heat transfer vinyl to a variety of surfaces, however, for it to stick permanently it’s important to follow the right temperature, pressure, timing, and peeling instructions. These instructions vary for different heat transfer vinyl. Foil iron-on vinyl will require a different temperature when applied to wood as opposed to fabric.
I know, this can be pretty difficult to keep track of therefore, I’ve created this AH-MAZING guide to help you out. It lists ALL the vinyl from two of the best companies; Cricut and Siser along with the ideal temperature, pressure, and peeling settings to use with each vinyl.
9 Heat Transfer Vinyl Projects to Try
Now, let’s have a look at some Heat Transfer Vinyl projects you can try at home with your cutting machine and an EasyPress/iron.
1. Heat Transfer/Iron-On Vinyl on Wood
Did you know heat transfer vinyl can be applied to wood? Imagine the possibilities! Using heat transfer vinyl you can create personalized wooden boards to give as gifts knowing for a fact that the vinyl will not come off after washing because it has adhered with the help of heat. Check out this custom chopping board I created for my hubby using Cricut Everyday Iron-on Vinyl and my EasyPress.
2. Heat Transfer/Iron-On Vinyl on Canvas
You can also use heat transfer vinyl/iron-on vinyl on canvas even if it’s coated with acrylic paint. This is just amazing as adhesive vinyl is hard to stick on the canvas. With heat transfer vinyl, you’ll be at peace because it sticks to the canvas permanently. Check out this heat transfer vinyl canvas project I created for my living room. You can find the complete tutorial for this heat transfer vinyl project here: Repurpose Old Canvas Art with Cricut
Make sure you use the correct temperature, pressure, and peeling settings as mentioned in The Ultimate Life-Saver Vinyl Guide for Beginners.
3. Heat Transfer Vinyl on Cardstock
Did you know you can also use heat transfer vinyl on cardstock!?!? Yes, you can. This is perfect for creating a gorgeously sparkly card with holographic vinyl or even glitter vinyl.
4. Heat Transfer Vinyl on Cork
5. Heat Transfer Vinyl on Leather
You can use heat transfer vinyl on leather to create some gorgeous custom leather gifts for your loved ones. Use heat transfer/iron-on vinyl to add monograms to leather accessories to create luxury gift items for your friends and family members. Be sure to follow the correct settings for temperature, pressure, and peeling as mentioned in The Ultimate Life-Saver Vinyl Guide for Beginners so that the heat transfer vinyl does not come off later.
6. Heat Transfer Vinyl on Felt
You can also add heat transfer vinyl to felt to make custom embroideries as shown in the video below.
7. Heat Transfer Vinyl on Chipboard
Heat transfer vinyl can also be applied to chipboard to create various artworks. In The Ultimate Life-Saver Vinyl Guide for Beginners, you will find the ideal temperature, pressure, and peel settings along with tips on applying heat transfer vinyl to chipboard so that it lasts long.
8. Heat Transfer Vinyl on Silk
Heat transfer vinyl is perfect for applying to silk robes and sashes for creating bridal shower/baby shower robes and other items. However, care should be taken in using the right temperature and time settings, because silk is a very delicate material therefore having The Ultimate Life-Saver Vinyl Guide for Beginners, will be super handy.
9. Heat Transfer Vinyl on Wool
You can also use iron-on vinyl on wool to create customized gifts and also to add labels to kids’ items of clothing. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to use iron-on vinyl on wool.
The Secret for Creating Long-lasting Iron-on Projects
To prevent iron-on/heat transfer vinyl from peeling after a wash, it’s BEST to use the recommended temperature, time, pressure, and peel settings as suggested by the company. I know it can be really difficult to keep track of all the settings therefore, I’ve created The Ultimate Life-Saver Vinyl Guide for Beginners to help you out! This guide will not only show you the ideal temperature etc. BUT it will tell you WHAT vinyl to use WHEN along with secrets on how to weed and apply vinyl CORRECTLY.
More Helpful Vinyl Posts to Check Out
- Different Types of Vinyl and How to Use Them
- How to Keep Iron-on Transfers from Peeling
- How to use heat transfer vinyl for Cricut
- How to Layer Vinyl in Cricut Design Space