DIY Holiday Tablescape Project Ideas: How to Apply Heat Transfer Vinyl on Cotton Napkins and Adhesive Vinyl on Glass Votives
The holidays are here and that means gatherings galore. It also gives everyone a good excuse to put together a festive tablescape. In this step by step tutorial, we're showing you how easy it is to use the Cricut Maker to create customized fabric napkins with heat transfer vinyl and how-to apply adhesive vinyl snowflakes on glass votives for an extra festive touch.
Estimated Completion Time: 15 minutes per napkin
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Here Are the Supplies You'll Need For The Napkins:
Step One: Upload Design
When you upload the SVG into Design Space all three sets of antlers will be visible. I only wanted to use one specific set, so I used the hide tool (eyeball shape to the right of the design) to hide the ones I didn't want.
After that, select both antlers and click weld in the bottom of the layers panel to weld the design together.
Click the "make it" button and turn on the mirror option since you're working with Heat Transfer Vinyl.
Step Two: Load Vinyl and Cut
Place the Heat Transfer Vinyl on the cutting mat with the shiny side facing down, load the machine and cut out the designs.
Step Three: Weed Designs
After cutting is complete, remove the excess Heat Transfer Vinyl from around the antler designs.
Step Four: Iron On
Preheat the fabric napkin for a few seconds with a hot iron then center the design and press it onto the fabric using medium pressure for 8-12 seconds.
Wait 20-30 seconds then carefully remove the carrier sheet. If you have any places that didn't adhere properly you can always lay the carrier sheet back down and press again.
It really is that easy! In additon to napkins, you could use this concept to create some tea towels or decorative hand towels. That'sthe beauty of Heat Transfer Vinyl! I've worked with all brands of Heat Transfer Vinyl over the years and Craftables has quickly become my favorite. It cuts flawlessly, weeds easily and adheres beautifully to a variety of materials. Check out DIY Christmas Tablescape Project: How to Apply Heat Transfer Vinyl on a Cotton Stocking Place Card for more ideas on how to use Heat Tranfer Vinyl to create a tablescape, and keep reading here to see how I used adhesive vinyl in the next part of this project.
Not every dinner is special enough to be a candlelit dinner, but Christmas dinner for sure is! Of course, plain glass votives are fine but I wanted to add a little bit of detail, so I grabbed a sheet of Craftables adhesive vinyl and used my Cricut Maker to create tiny snowflakes. Here's how:
Estimated Completion Time: 15 minutes per votive
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Supplies You'll Need For The Snowflake Votives:
Step One: Import and Set Up Designs
Much like the antler design above, the ornament SVG will open as a grouped cut file. Ungroup the design and hide (or delete) the parts you won't be using. I hid everything except the snowflake. Don't ever feel limited to using Craftables free downloads as they are, you can always change them up to fit your needs!
Step Two: Cut
Now that you have just the snowflake ready to cut, click the Make It button, choose your machine and then set the material to vinyl. The Cricut machine will automatically adjust the blade for you.
Place the Adhesive Vinyl on the cutting mat with the colored/shiny side facing up and press the start button to cut.
Step Three: Weed Designs
Use a weeding tool or anything sharp and pointy to remove the tiny pieces from inside the snowflakes.
Tip: Sometimes for teeny tiny pieces like these, I use a piece of washi tape or masking tape to weed!
Step Four: Apply Transfer Tape
Cut a small piece of transfer tape and apply it to one of the snowflakes. You can use a scraper tool, credit card or even your finger to apply light pressure and peel the snowflake away from the carrier sheet.
Step Five: Transfer Designs
Place the Adhesive Vinyl decal on the glass votive and burnish over it really well. Peel away the transfer tape and repeat!
Add some sweet little tea lights and set the table!
These festive votives could also be displayed in your windowsill, on your fireplace mantle, or pretty much anywhere in your home! The snowflake design makes them perfect décor for winter, not just the holidays! Remember, when you apply adhesive vinyl to glass, it's best to hand wash only. That way your handmade items are sure to last for many years to come!
Thanks for crafting along with us today! Check out some of the other holiday posts here on the blog, like these DIY Christmas Ornament Ideas: Heat Transfer Vinyl on Wood and Adhesive Vinyl on Ceramic to see more projects involving Adhesive Vinyl and Heat Transfer vinyl. For even more inspiration, head over to the Craftables Holiday Pinterest Board. Happy Holidays and happy crafting!
About the Author
My name is Kayla and I’m a DIY loving mom of 3, living in North Carolina. I absolutely love creating! It doesn’t matter if it’s refinishing furniture or paper crafting, I love it all. I’m a former blogger for Silhouette America and current blogger for Cricut so I know the ins and outs of both machines and love teaching beginners all of the handy tips and tricks. Come visit my blog at kaylamakes.com or follow me on Instagram @kayla_made.