Tutorial - How to Make Home Decor Signage using Heat Transfer Vinyl and Painted Canvas

Posted by Nancy Murray on

Lately I've been discovering the amazing fun that is Heat Transfer Vinyl, otherwise known as HTV. From home decor to clothing to bags to you name it, the sky is the limit on what you can do with this stuff!

Today I've got a fun tutorial for you, showing you how to create a cute sign that's perfect to hang in your craft room or give to a crafty friend.

To create the project you'll need:

  • one large blank canvas, I used a 11" x 14" x 1.5" stretched canvas from Michaels
  • acrylic paint, whatever color you want your background to be
  • one medium sized paintbrush
  • 2 colors of heat transfer vinyl
  • Most Craft Supplies Wins cut file (link to download freebie is at the bottom of this post)

I wanted my background to be grey so I started by mixing my paint, a little black and a little white till I got the right shade of grey.

Next, paint the canvas. I wanted mine to be a little unfinished looking, so I just did quick broad strokes across the canvas, but feel free to fully paint the canvas if you prefer, there's no right or wrong way to do it!

Next, head to your cutter and cut the design from your two chosen colors of vinyl. Remember to mirror the image if needed for the type of HTV you are using.

 Peel the excess vinyl from your design...

 ...then finish the weeding for each section.

Starting with the main part of the text, position the design on your canvas. I used a ruler just to make sure everything was on straight and centered.

 Using your iron or heat press to adhere the design to your canvas, following the heat, timing and pressure instructions for your vinyl. I don't have a heat press so I used my iron set on high, with a folded up towel underneath the canvas frame to provide a firm surface to press against. I found that it took a bit of pressing, peeling up the plastic carrier sheet, checking the design and pressing again to make sure everything was adhered properly.

Once the main part of the design is adhered, place the script text parts of the design on the canvas and press it.

 And there's your finished artwork, ready to hang or wrap as a gift!

And from another angle.

 And here it is hanging in my craft room! I just love it, makes me smile every time I look at it. :-)

 Want to make one yourself? I've made the cut file a free download for you, just click the image below to grab it in the Cre8ive Cutz store. Have fun and I'd love to see photos of your finished projects!

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  • That’s helpful. Nice guidance for the users. I have bought some Vinyl (Heat Press Machine) for my cutting business. Much reliable and effective. Serving well for long time.

    HeatPressHangout.com on
  • great job.The information is really helpful.The step by step explanation is fabulous. Check out our link here for more vinyl stuff: https://goo.gl/reMeFz

    william on
  • Thank you soooo much for this article. I have recently become ‘obsessed’ with reverse canvas projects and wanted to try htv on painted canvas. I have been searching and searching for similar and then I found this <3 Thank you again, Marian

    Marian on
  • Thank you so much for this cute file!

    Donna C on
  • Thanks for the Tutorial along with including the free download of the file. It is so cute and I always loved that saying. Thanks again for sharing.

    Renee Zimmerman on

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