UPDATE: This tutorial was to make folder holders for my DIY Command Center. Click the link to see the full command center!
I really like the look of vinyl lettering. And really, who doesn't? It's clean and classy and can be so many different styles. When I was working on our new mail/command center I wanted to label our individual mail bins with vinyl but I don't have a fancy machine. Luckily, it's not hard to do simple lettering like this the "analog" way. The best part? You can do it for as little as $1.
- Contact paper ($1 from the dollar store)
- Computer, printer (on hand)
- Craft knife and cutting mat (I got mine from Consumer Crafts)
- Scissors (on hand)
- Masking tape (on hand)
Step 1: Print Your Words
Pick out a font you like (mine is Copperplate Gothic) and lay out the words you're going to use.
To print onto your contact paper:
- Cut a piece of contact paper off your roll that is the same size as a standard sheet of printer paper
- Set the contact paper up in your printer so that the words print onto the backing
- When you go to print, tell your computer program to print in mirror image
Once it's gone through it should look like this:
(Don't mind those little label shapes. I figured if I'm running a piece of contact paper through my printer, I might as well make the most of all the real estate on the page. They are not for this project.)
Step 2: Cut Out the Letters
Use scissors and a craft knife to cut out the letters from the contact paper. Set them aside in groups that go together (each name for example). Be careful to cut the letters very precisely.
Step 3: Place the Letters
Starting with the middle letter(s) - an O in this case, peel off the backing and center the letter on the line, resting the bottom of the letter against the tape. Use your fingers or a credit card to press the letter down well and push out any air bubbles.
This is so super easy, I'm not sure why I hadn't done it before.
Now, before I let you go, let's talk about appropriate applications for this. Simple letters and chunky designs are the things this will work best with. For fine detail, fancy filigree or subway art, get your friend with the fancy machine to help you out.
Disclaimer: I received my craft knife and mat as part of a compensated campaign with Consumer Crafts and the Blueprint Social in January, 2013. All opinions and the decision to use the product in this project are my own.
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