How To Use Transfer Paper With Vinyl

Is it a good idea to use transfer paper for vinyl projects?

Vinyl is used extensively to decorate and customize items of home décor, apparel, and accessories. Whether it is a simple T-shirt design or intricate patterns, vinyl is an effective medium to create it.

While transferring vinyl to your project material by hand is an option, not all of us are blessed with remarkably steady hands – that’s where transfer tape comes into the picture!

If you have not used it before and are wondering how to use vinyl transfer tape, let us tell you that it is reasonably straightforward.

With some practice, transfer tape can be a significant blessing for even the most complicated vinyl endeavors.

How To Use Transfer Paper With Vinyl

Creating designs and patterns with vinyl requires steady hands, patience, and right tools. We have described the entire process by breaking it down into simple steps, followed by a summary of the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about using transfer tape.

  1. Choosing the right vinyl

Vinyl can be primarily classified as heat transfer vinyl or adhesive craft vinyl. Each vinyl uses adhesion, be it heat transfer or adhesive craft. The only difference is that adhesive craft vinyl comes with a backing paper to preserve the adhesive whereas heat transfer vinyl comes with exposed adhesive (making one side of the vinyl duller).

Transfer paper is used with the adhesive craft vinyl, which comes in many varieties like:

  • Oracal 651 and Oracal 631
  • EV Series 51 and EV Series 31
  • Glitter and Transparent Glitter
  • Glow in the dark
  • InkJet Printable and Patterned
  • Reflective and Metalized
  • Fluorescent and Etched

Your project material and the design you are trying to create are the two essential factors that need to be considered when choosing the vinyl.

  1. Best transfer tape for vinyl

There is a wide variety of transfer tapes available in the market. You need to be aware of some of the most commonly used products and their characteristics. Transfer tape will be of help only if you choose the right kind based on your project. Transfer tape can be broadly classified into:

  • Opaque tapes – You should use opaque tapes when you do not have to line the backing paper of your vinyl with it. When you are trying to transfer an abstract and symmetrical pattern (like a circular design that looks the same from any angle), opaque tapes get the job done.
  • Transparent tapes – You should use transparent tapes if your pattern needs to be lined with the vinyl’s backing paper, for instance, to transfer font.
  • Paper tapes – You can go for a paper tape if you want a single-use transfer tape because it cannot be reused. It is ideal for transferring vinyl to curved objects like vases or glasses.
  • Regular tapes – This is the most frequently used transfer tape. You can use it with almost all projects and surfaces. We prefer using Oracal MT80P.
  • Strong-grip tapes – You will find the need for a super strong or sticky transfer tape only when you are using glitter vinyl. Other transfer tapes do not provide optimal results in glitter vinyl projects.

Apart from paper tapes, all other types of transfer tape can be used multiple times as long as the adhesive lasts. After each use, you have to put the backing paper on before you store it to ensure that the adhesive lasts as long as it should.

  1. Cutting & weeding vinyl

One of the most critical steps that precede the use of transfer tape is getting the design ready on your vinyl. You will need to use a cutting machine and a weeding tool to finish preparing your vinyl design.

Many machines are available for cutting vinyl, the most commonly used of which are:

  • Cricut Explore
  • Silhouette Cameo

Whether you use Cricut or Silhouette to cut vinyl, it only gives you an outline of your design which is far from complete. If you are using a font or an intricate pattern, you will have bits and pieces of excess vinyl that needs to be weeded out (for example, the empty spaces in the alphabets ‘d,’ ‘g,’ ‘e,’ ‘a,’ and so on).

A cutting machine is not equipped to weed out redundant pieces of vinyl. An efficient weeding tool is a must-have for creating vinyl designs. It is like a pen with a sharp point that helps remove the excess vinyl. You will be able to easily remove the smallest and thinnest pieces of vinyl with a weeding tool.

Once you are done with cutting and weeding the vinyl, it is time to bring out the transfer tape.

  1. How to apply transfer tape to vinyl?

First of all, you must cut the transfer tape slightly larger than your vinyl size to ensure that you have a margin of safety when peeling off the tape in case there are any wrinkles or bubbles. Line your transfer tape with your vinyl design and place it sticky side down. Your vinyl should be stuck on the backing paper when you apply the transfer tape.

Applying the transfer tape can be a bit tricky, and you want to avoid bubbles. It is preferable that you start from one side and gradually press towards the other end. You can use a roller or a credit card to apply pressure on the tape. We have found that using your fingers is equally effective once you understand how to put pressure on the tape.

The vinyl should leave the backing paper and get stuck on the transfer tape at this time. When you feel that you have accomplished that, it is time to turn the vinyl over and gently remove the transfer tape. You need to ensure that any small pieces also get stuck on the tape.

Take it slow and pay attention to ensure that the entire vinyl comes off with the tape. If needed, you may use a card to stick small pieces to the tape that may still be stuck to the vinyl’s backing paper.

  1. Applying the vinyl to your project

The final step in the process is applying the tape and the attached vinyl to your project surface. Make sure you line the tape if needed. Stick the tape to the project surface gradually from one side to the other. You may use a credit card to apply pressure. Again, it is vital that you remove any bubble and do not let the vinyl wrinkle up.

When you stick the tape to your project surface, you need to ensure that the vinyl gets transferred from the tape to the surface (just like it got transferred from its backing paper to the tape). Irrespective of whether you are transferring the vinyl to wood, metal, glass, or fabric, if you apply the right amount of evenly distributed pressure, the tape will get the job done.

When you feel that the vinyl is securely stuck to the project surface, you need to slowly peel off the transfer tape from one end to the other. While peeling off the tape, check that any small piece is not stuck to the tape still. If that happens, stick the tape back and rub the area with your fingers.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do you need transfer paper for vinyl?

You may use transfer paper only with adhesive craft vinyl. Heat transfer vinyl does not require the use of a transfer paper or tape. Transfer paper makes the vinyl application process relatively straightforward, thereby reducing the margin of error.

  1. What is transfer tape?

Transfer tape or transfer paper is a medium used to transfer vinyl to your project surface. Most transfer tapes can be used multiple times. It comes in various styles to cater to different types of vinyl and project surfaces.

  1. What is Cricut transfer tape?

Cricut is a brand that is mostly known for its craft cutting machine. It is made by ProvoCraft and can cut various materials like fabric, paper, and vinyl. Cricut also offers different types of transfer tapes. Regular tapes and StrongGrip tapes from Cricut are widely used for vinyl projects.

  1. What is Silhouette transfer paper?

Silhouette, like Cricut, is a craft cutter brand that offers the Cameo, Curio, and Portrait machines. Silhouette machines are incredibly user-friendly. The brand also provides various transfer tapes that can be used for a majority of vinyl projects.

  1. What are the benefits of using transfer paper?
  • Using transfer tape allows for seamless application of vinyl. The majority of vinyl types tend to be very thin and can be challenging to transfer by hand.
  • Using transparent tape enables you to line the vinyl backing paper and project surface perfectly, preventing skewed or distorted designs.
  • Transfer tape facilitates better accuracy and productivity in vinyl projects, owing to its simple yet efficient use.

Final Thoughts

If you are a beginner, it can be tricky figuring out how to use transfer paper with vinyl. There is a definite learning curve with using transfer tapes, and you will get much better after some practice. The process of using transfer tape for vinyl projects requires attention to detail.

Sticking vinyl to some surfaces can be tricky, and you may have to try a couple of times before you get it right. If you take it slow and follow the steps we have explained, you should be able to stick vinyl to all kinds of projects.

Till next time, happy crafting!

Super-Duper Easy Fall Leaves Craft for Kids Tutorial

Easy Fall Leaves Crafts for Kids

With the beautiful fall around the corner, I bet you can’t wait to see those beautiful trees heavy with their autumn leaves. I love to take my kids out into nature and then building on our outing with some good old arts and crafts.

Did you know that nature art not only kills boredom, but it is actually super therapeutic as well?

This craft is so easy that even 2-year-old kids can have a go at it, and it is so fun that you might find yourself painting a few beautiful leaves filled with intricate patterns yourself.

Today we share with you what you will need for this easy fall leaves craft tutorial. Don’t have any leaves in your backyard? Don’t worry I also have some ideas of how you create your own leaves from cardstock as well.

 

Easy Fall Leaves Arts & Craft for Kids

Fun Kids Fall Crafts with Leaves

Find below the supply list and the steps to follow in order to get your kids engaged with this easy fall kids craft idea.

Supply List:

  • Fall Leaves [Collected from nature or cardstock leaves cut with a cutter]
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Sponges
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paper Doilies [Optional]

 

Fall Leaves Craft for Kids Tutorial

Find below our steps on how to whip up these beautiful leaves. We will also share a few alternative ideas as well for those who don’t have easy access to fall leaves in their backyard.

Step 1:

You have two choices at this step. The preferable step is to take your kids for a walk in nature and to challenge them to collect as many fall leaves in different shapes and sizes as they can.

Alternatively, if you don’t have easy access to fall leaves, you can also create your own leaves from cardstock. In order to do this, you will need some fall colored cardstock, a fall leaves SVG file and a die cutting machine.

Easy fall crafts for kids with leaves

Step 2:

Now let the kids get creative. If your kids are still young, you might want to show them how to create patterns with a paintbrush. Give them a few examples of shapes they can use (dots, stripes, swirls etc) to decorate their leaves.

Easy Autumn Crafts for Kids

Another lovely trick is to use templates for your leaves. Doilies work brilliantly for this. If you use a template you will find that a sponge is the easiest choice for applying the paint.

Easy Kids Autumn Leaf Craft

Step 3:

Let the leaves dry.

 

What to Do with the Leaves

Fun Kids Autumn Leaf Art and Craft Ideas

Now that you have some beautiful decorative leaves, what can you do with them? We know that kids LOVE when we pop their art on display, so here are some ideas for you.

  1. You can punch a hole in each leaf, pop a string through the holes and hang the leaves up like a bunting for decoration.
  2. Give your child some glue (I know they love glue don’t they) and get them to glue their leaves onto a blank canvas, hang the canvas on their art display wall.
  3. On a similar thought, you could use the leaves together with your favorite photo from fall in a frame.
  4. If you are a scrapbooker, you can use the leaves or paper leaves as an embellishment on a scrapbook page about your fall memories. If you are using the real leaf, you might want to keep it away from your photos.
  5. Use the leaves to cover a book – could be a journal, a scrapbook album or a school workbook.
  6. Lastly, what about getting your child to do some paint handprints and decorate the page with the leaves and pop it in a keepsake album.

We hope your child will have a blast doing this easy autumn leaves craft. We would love to hear your ideas of how you used them, so please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Till next time,

Samantha xxx

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15 Best DIY Craft Kits For Adults in 2019 [Most Popular Kits!]

Best craft kits for adults

What makes the perfect craft kit for adults? How do you select the best craft kit?

Indulging in a creative activity is something that most of us tend to forego as we take on the responsibilities of being an adult.

Spending time to create something using art and craft is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding and relaxing experiences. If you are looking for the perfect supplies to get started, we are here to help!

Craft kits come in all shapes and sizes, serve a wide array of purposes, and can be used to create beautiful objects. With thousands of craft kits available in the market, choosing the right option for your needs can be a challenge.

best adult craft kits

We have shortlisted 15 of the best craft kits for adults that cater to a variety of genres of craft products. Each of these recommendations is a perfect DIY kit that you should be able to use conveniently to get optimal results.

 

Best DIY Craft Kits for Adults To Buy Right Now

Without further ado, let’s get into the reviews of the 15 best DIY craft kits you can find.

 

1. Woolbuddy Needle Felting Starter Kit

The first recommendation we have is the Needle Felting Starter Kit offered by Woolbuddy.

It is a great craft kit for kids and adults alike. The kit includes six felting needles, a foam mat work surface, 16 colored wool, white wool, three thimbles, and systematic photo instructions.

Toys have gone through a complete transformation over the last couple of decades – from basic board games to outdoor toys to gaming consoles. Felt toys, however, have always been a part of kids’ toy collections.

If you want to handcraft felt toys for kids, this starter kit from Woolbuddy is an excellent choice.

>>> Click here to see more info and to check the price on this kit

2. Craft Crush Felt Succulents Kit

Indoor décor has transformed in recent years. One of the most exciting and beautiful home décor items is a succulent plant. Succulents can be placed in traditional pots or framed and hung up on walls. Succulents undeniably offer a fresh, natural look and feel to otherwise contemporary homes.

Craft Crush offers the Felt Succulents Kit that lets you make 18 beautiful succulents from felt.

You do not have to be a gardener to be able to make these succulents, and the kit comes with easy-to-follow instructions. You can buy a bowl, moss, and pebbles to create a terrarium – do not limit yourself to the frame in the kit.

>>> Click here to see more info and to check the price on this kit

 

3. Craft Crush DIY Bracelet Craft Kit Blush

One of the most commonly used accessories is a bracelet. Whether you are a man or a woman and irrespective of your age, you can comfortably wear a bracelet. Bracelets come in all kinds of styles and materials, having a wide price range. What if you could make bracelets instead of buying them?

Craft Crush offers an excellent DIY Bracelet Kit that allows you to create eight different bracelets.

You will not have to buy any additional supplies to create these bracelets. We especially liked this kit because it enables you to practice and hone your crafting skills like wrapping and beading.

>>> Click here to see more info and to check the price on this kit

 

4. Craft Crush Thread Bowls Kit

Craft Crush’s Thread Bowls Kit is one of our favorite DIY craft kits, primarily due to its simplicity and effectiveness. You can create three beautiful and colorful bowls of different sizes using this kit. You can use these bowls to keep small ornaments like earrings or use them only for decoration.

We recommend the Thread Bowls Kit because it includes everything you need to create the bowls – three bowl forms in different sizes, one ounce of water-based glue, three adhesive sheets, and 17 different colors of cotton thread (31.5 m).

You can use any combination of yarns to give each of these bowls a unique look.

>>> Click here to see more info and to check the price on this kit

 

5. Craft Crush Paper Bowls Kit

If thread bowls make a great craft kit, why should paper bowls be left out? Craft Crush offers a Paper Bowl kit that allows you to create three bowls of different sizes – 4.75 inches, 6 inches, and 8 inches. The kit includes simple instructions that will enable you to make these three bowls easily.

Since these bowls use paper as the primary material, you cannot eat out of them. Use these bowls for décor purposes or to hold your keys, baubles, jewelry, or smartphone.

The kit includes everything you need – reusable bowl forms, paper pieces, and glue – so you do not have to buy anything else.

>>> Click here to see more info and to check the price on this kit

 

6. Ultimate DIY Lip Balm Kit

DIY Craft kits for adults

Have you ever wanted to make your lip balm kit? If yes, Balm Diggity’s Lip Balm DIY Kit is a perfect choice.

The package includes 12 plastic tubes with caps, six stir sticks, two pipettes, 15 labels, an instruction sheet, three ounces of 100% natural melt and pour balm base, and four Lorann oils – dram Bavarian cream, dram orange, dram cherry, and dram peppermint flavoring.

The kit is made in the USA and can be used to create 12 lip balms. Each tube can hold 0.15 ounce of balm base. We especially liked the thoughtful inclusion of three ounces of balm base to provide for any spillage or wastage.

>>> Click here to see more info and to check the price on this kit

 

7. Walnut Hollow Deluxe Woodburning Kit

While some craft forms are elementary and do not require a lot of skill, there are others that do. Pyrography or wood burning is one such art that requires skill and consistent practice. If you are looking for a craft kit to start your wood burning journey, Walnut Hollow’s Deluxe Woodburning Kit is an excellent option.

The set is specially designed for beginners and comes with detailed instructions. The set includes a reusable pen, four tips, two wood plaques, six pencils, eight patterns, two alphabets, and one stand & transfer paper.

The simple instructions help you with using different tips for subtle shading and bold outlines.

>>> Click here to see more info and to check the price on this kit

 

8. Premium Jewelry Making Supplies Kit

One of the most popular DIY craft is jewelry making so this list would be incomplete without the Jewelry Making Supplies Kit by Gemybeads. You will be pleased to know that this kit comes with a 30-day money back guarantee and one-year free replacement warranty. All the supplies in this kit are made from top-notch, safe materials, and it complies with the US CPSC standards.

The kit includes 150 acrylic beads, 146 glass beads, 76 metalheads and charms, 10m silver wire, 10m elastic string, one storage box, one beading mat, one chain nose pliers, one round nose pliers, one side cutter, and almost 300 findings.

It is the perfect starter kit for adults who want to start making jewelry at home.

>>> Click here to see more info and to check the price on this kit

 

9. Craft-Tastic – Yarn Giraffes Kit

Craft-tastic offers the Yarn Giraffes Kit that lets you make two cute giraffes. These colorful, yarn-wrapped giraffes serve as unique home décor items.

The kit includes detailed instructions, 30 pieces of adhesive, 18 cardboard pieces, and 108 yards of acrylic yarn. It is a comprehensive set of supplies, and you will not have to buy anything else to create these two giraffes.

You start by sticking the cardboard pieces together, which creates a 12.75-inch and a 9.75-inch tall giraffe. The fun process of wrapping colorful yarn comes next.

These giraffes can be conveniently displayed on your countertop or cabinet shelf.

>>> Click here to see more info and to check the price on this kit

 

10. 4M Easy-To-Do Crochet Kit

Crocheting is a fun art form not only for kids but also for adults. If you want to learn crocheting, get your hands on 4M’s Easy-To-Do Crochet Kit.

It is a perfect set for beginners. The kit includes two crochet hooks, seven colors of yarn, and one plastic needle. It also includes a 14-page detailed instruction book.

You can create any three of the following items using this crochet kit – coaster, belt, placemat, or handbag.

You can easily combine this kit with other craft kits from 4M to create more crochets. Although 4M recommends this kit for ages 8 to 15, it is never too late to learn the art of crocheting.

>>> Click here to see more info and to check the price on this kit

 

11. Woolbuddy Needle Felting Owl Kit

Handmade felt toys are the favorites of many kids. Creating felt toys gets ridiculously easy with Woolbuddy’s Needle Felting Owl Kit. You can use this kit to create two owl-shaped felt toys, each measuring about two inches. The owl felt toys are made from wool, making them incredibly soft and squishy yet durable.

The kit includes a pack of colored wool, two felting needles, and easy-to-follow instructions. The wool included in this kit is premium-grade and hypoallergenic, making these toys 100% safe for your children.

You can easily attach these owl felt toys to your backpack, hang them from the rearview mirror in your car, and even use them as cat toys.

>>> Click here to see more info and to check the price on this kit

 

12. Wooden Music Box Kit

A music box is one of the most exciting toys for kids. You wind up a music box, and it plays a melodious tune. Is it possible to create a music box? ROBOTIME brings to you the Bunny Hand-Cranked DIY Music Box that allows you to create a robot-bunny wooden box that plays “Little Bunny Foo Foo.”

It can take between two to five hours to assemble it, and it measures 5.8” x 5.2” x 8.2”. When you wind it up, its gears, hands, and legs move as the music plays. The kit includes detailed diagrammatic instructions, sandpaper, white glue, a winder, a music box, 221 die-cut plywood pieces in four sheets, and some assorted dowels.

>>> Click here to see more info and to check the price on this kit

 

13. Craft Crush Dream Catcher Kit

While people hold contradicting opinions about whether dream catchers work, nobody argues about whether they look beautiful in a home. They enhance the look of any room and Craft Crush offers an excellent DIY Dream Catcher Kit to let you create one. This kit allows you to create a 36-inch dream catcher.

The kit consists of all the supplies you need for making the dream catcher – one hoop, seven feathers, 14.5 yards of acrylic yarn, 13 yards of cotton thread, 24” x 24” of craft paper, and 40 yards of fabric strip.

The dream catcher has sculptural aesthetics and creamy color, adding to its elegance.

>>> Click here to see more info and to check the price on this kit

 

14. Craft-Tastic – String Art Kit

String art is effortless yet beautiful. Craft-tastic provides a String Art Kit that lets you create three cool projects. The kit includes three 8.5-inch pre-printed durable foam canvases, 170 pins, and 60 yards of colorful thread. The three projects you can create are a peace sign, a heart, and the word “Hi.”

This kit is comprehensive, and you will not have to buy any other arts and crafts supplies to create the three projects. You can easily hang the completed canvases to display your art skills to others.

The kit comes with detailed instructions to guide you through all the pinning and stringing.

>>> Click here to see more info and to check the price on this kit

 

15. Loopdeloom Weaving Craft Kit

Loopdeloom is an award-winning weaving craft kit. The craft kit includes 120 yards of yarn and one spinning peg loom. The spinning peg design simplifies and quickens the weaving process. Although the manufacturer recommends Loopdeloom for ages eight and above, we found it to be a great DIY craft kit for adults as well.

You get a lot of flexibility and creativity with Loopdeloom. You can either use a single loom to create anything seven inches wide or connect multiple looms to create larger things like blankets.

We especially liked the versatile application of this craft kit as it can be used to create cell phone cases, scarves, skirts, baskets, headbands, and so much more.

>>> Click here to see more info and to check the price on this kit

 

Buyers’ Guide – Best Adults Craft Kits

Buying arts and crafts kits for adults gets fairly straightforward with these tips:

  • One of the first things to consider is the price of the craft kit. You do not want to be spending a lot unless you are buying a premium kit and you are an experienced DIY-craftsman. It is always advisable to go for starter kits to practice and hone your craft skills without burning a hole in your wallet.
  • No matter what you are trying to create, you want to buy a craft kit that is comprehensive and includes everything you might need. It can be expensive, time-taking and frustrating to purchase additional supplies to finish a craft project. A craft kit must be complete!
  • Your craft kit should come with easy-to-follow instructions. If you want to try a new craft form, having access to detailed and diagrammatic steps will help significantly. Before buying your next craft kit, ensure that it has in-depth instructions.

 

Final Thoughts

These 15 craft kits for adults to make are some of the best because of their ease of use, affordability, and artistic value. If you are looking for an optimal DIY craft kit, one of our recommendations is most likely to fit the bill.

Based on what you want to create, pick a craft kit that meets your needs without exceeding your budget. Use our informative buyers’ guide as a safety check to see that the kit you are considering is worth your money.

Till next time, keep crafting!

Sam xxx