I’ve decided that I am going to decorate my front entryway table for the seasons and holidays throughout the year. Instead of buying artwork for all the holidays I wanted to figure out an inexpensive and space saving way to make my own artwork. This DIY tutorial (step-by-step and video) will show how you can turn a framed art piece you already have into a one of a kind holiday specific piece of art.
- Framed art piece
- Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV)
- Poster Board (a buck at the Dollar Tree!)
- Fabric (wider cut than framed art piece)
- Utility knife
- Cutting mat and Acrylic ruler
Measure where to cut the posterboard by positioning it inside one of the framed corners and marking the side with a sharpie. Using a clear acrylic ruler as a guideline, cut the marked line with a utility knive. Return the posterboard to the frame and repeat for the other sides.
Now it’s time to create your phrase in Cricut!
For a helpful visual, I reccomend creating a rectangle background the size of your posterboard to help determine font sizing.
For this project Brownies Cake font was used for “hello” and Ribeye Marrow (bold) for “valentine.”
Cut the HTV (mirror image) and make sure to place shiny side of vinyl to mat. Weed (peel away) the negative vinyl and you’re ready to iron!
Place Vinyl on fabric, making sure to leave plenty of room to wrap the fabric around the backside of the posterboard. Iron 15-20 seconds (depending on iron temp) with firm pressure and a teflon sheet between the vinyl and iron. Peel the vinyl transfer sheet away once ironed.
Centering the fabric on the posterboard can be tricky, but I reccomend once you’ve got it positioned using double sided sticky tape to keep it in place. Flip it over and tape the edges (Making sure to check that the font stays aligned on the front side.) Cut any excess material and finish taping all sides.
If the posterboard is not a snug fit command velcro strips can be used to reinforce. Voilà! You’ve created your own artwork! If you’re looking for cute decorations (just like the ones I used) to really bump up the festiveness go to the Dollar Tree!