Wall Vinyl Tutorial with Contact Paper

How to transfer wall vinyl using clear contact paper

I made a decal for display during our St. Patrick's Day party! I used Erin's Cricut Expression and the black Cricut vinyl, which I bought at WalMart for $10. You can also usually buy it at craft stores using a %-off coupon and save on that.

I made a biiig sign with lots of letters, so I needed an easy way to transfer it all onto the wall quickly and accurately. I'll only have a bit of time to set up. This is a really easy thing to do though, for anyone wanting to transfer vinyl.

Wall Vinyl Tutorial

The same makers of the vinyl also make a "transfer" tape, which is another $10 I think. I bought a huge roll of clear contact paper for $5 instead.

Wall Vinyl Tutorial

I laid out my cut vinyl and rolled out the contact paper. (For Cricut users- I cut this using a blade depth of 4, and med-hi pressure and speed.)

I peeled back the plastic of the contact paper and rested it to the side.

Wall Vinyl Tutorial

You can faintly see the guidelines on the backing paper, but I highlighted the ones I wanted using a permanent marker and a ruler just to make it easier.

Wall Vinyl Tutorial

Then I cut out around each section of letters, and peeled off the vinyl that is not lettering, leaving each character sticking to the original backing. I lined it up with my guides and just used regular tape to stick the vinyl backing to the contact paper backing.

Wall Vinyl Tutorial

Next I finished off making my design. The top and bottom lines I actually stuck each letter individually, so I could better matching up the alignment. Finally, I carefully rolled the clear plastic back into place, over top of the letters.

Wall Vinyl Tutorial

When it comes time to place the design on the wall, I will peel off the paper backings, leaving the letters stuck to the plastic of the contact paper. Since it is clear, it will be easy to hold up to the wall and see where I want it. Then I will stick it to the wall, rub the letters into the place, and peel off the clear plastic, leaving the vinyl in place.

You will have to wait until the party to see what it says!

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  1. Great idea and tut, thanks :)

  2. Really great idea - thank you for sharing!

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