DIY Vinyl Wall Art

Our Dining Room needed a little something..So I  set out to buy some inspirational quote artwork, first looking at hobby lobby. Of course, as I always do when I peruse through the millions of pretty canvases and signs I said, why am I buying something that I can make? So I took my stubborn self home. When I finally found the frames that I wanted, I waited until there was a BOGO at Michaels (maybe only a week) and grabbed them.

This craft requires a vinyl cutting machine in order to get the lettering and shapes, but you could easily do it with letter stickers if you can find ones you like. I used a Silhouette Cameo and their free basic Silhouette Studio software to create these signs. I did purchase some new fonts to get the look I was going for, but you can always download bundles for free if you are starting out. The specific materials I used to get this look were: Permanent gold adhesive vinyl, silver foil adhesive vinyl, and gold adhesive glitter vinyl. **be sure to change your cutting settings and blade to fit each material!

The best part about this project is that you don’t have to worry about matting for the frame or finding paper that is the exact size of your frame. All you need to do is flip over the fake happy smiley people in the frame and use the blank white underside! This does mean that  you don’t have room for mistakes, but that is why you will measure and then measure again before sticking anything down.

  • First I cut out and weeded the wording, and laid it over the paper to make sure I spaced it the way I wanted and still had room for the dots.
    ***Warning with glitter vinyl, the extra sticky transfer tape provided with it WILL rip your paper when you try to remove it.  I had to peel and place each letter individually for any of the glittered words after learning the hard way.
  • Next I placed the top and bottom words to ensure that I did not run out of room, because you can always space out the middle evenly from there.
  • Finally I placed the different dots (foil, glitter, and matte) randomly around the edges of the page, not too close to the words or to the end remembering that you will have a frame over it.
    ***You will notice that instead of weeding the foil decals, I simply peeled them off like a sticker. this saves time and makes much more sense than fighting the stiff foil.
  • Remember to have fun with this. Find different decals like the arrows or scrolls to add your own flavor to the sign. Just words can be boring. Make it a statement piece with extra embellishments and different types of medium.

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I had a lot of fun with the heart-shaped “O” in love. I thought that it would be a fun way to make this word pop.

  • First I put the L and E in place to ensure that I had room for all parts of the word.
  • After cutting and weeding this heart cluster (very carefully!) I transferred it in one piece.
  • Then I added the V, and put a few foil hearts and cutouts over the gold ones, just to make it even more fun. Sometimes it’s the smallest details that make the piece stand out!

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There are imperfections, and that’s ok. When you make something yourself you don’t have to be perfect. Nothing you purchase is going to be perfect anyway.

Here is the final product on the wall of our dining room. It’s hard to get a clear picture of both signs at once because of glares but you can imagine how it looks!

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