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How to weed vinyl–tips and tricks

Special thanks to Ottlite for sending me an awesome lamp!

 

Today we are going to talk WEEDING! and if you know me…you know it isn’t about gardening. I kill fake plants. We are talking weeding VINYL! I have worked with vinyl for about 6 years and have picked up some super fun tips and tricks over the years! I wanted to share to make your life is easier! This works for both Adhesive and Heat transfer vinyl! (I buy all my vinyl at Expressions Vinyl)

how to weed vinyl like a pro Here’s what I made just so I could write this post (bloggers got a hard life –wink wink)
vinyl coloring tote idea

I wanted to pick something super tricky and intricate–because I don’t value my time I wanted to show you real tricks and tips!

 

(I got this fun coloring heart HERE   )

 

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I have made a video (make sure to follow along on youtube to see more great videos) (AND all the info is down below if you are at work and can’t blast the sound.)

 

Are you ready for AWESOME tip number 1?

 

It’s an OTTLITE LAMP! For some reason I associated these lamps with sewing. They are right by the sewing stuff at Joann Stores and I thought they were for embroidery and hand stitching and stuff of that nature.

But I’m a night time crafter. My kids get in bed and I like to create! And that also means–DARK! And when I was trying to weed an intricate design I thought, I really need a light like right above my head.  LIGHTBULB. (get it..? lightbulb?) Enter the Ottlite lamp. It’s perfection! best way to weed vinyl

 

Ottlite actually has a bunch of different kinds of awesome lamps (read about them HERE). The one I got is awesome. It actually can be a floor lamp or a table lamp- 449

(oh…and check out this one!) 715

(I have mine set up as  floor lamp.) and I love that the base can be tucked under the couch–makes it perfect to get the light right above your project)

lamp under couch

It has a light overhead, a magnifier with light that you adjust exactly where you want it–You can see those cut lines so easily! I’m kind of mad I haven’t had this all along!  magnify weed design

 

…and it has a clip. (What sold me!)

and brings me to TIP number 2!  clip up vinyl

When cutting something that has a lot going on…it totally helps to print out the design. I clip it up and then I can see what needs to be weeded and what is part of the design! Sometimes when there are lots of swirls and stuff it’s hard to remember what is what!

 

Tip number 3. WASTE. As you are weeding, you have lots of little vinyl pieces. And when you are working with adhesive vinyl–it will stick to everything and anything. (My husband ” helped me” weed…and I still have red vinyl stuck all over my rug!) So it’s nice to have a place to put them! I love using an old kleenex box! You just wipe those vinyl pieces into the hole and you can throw it away as soon as you are done! use an old tissue box to put vinyl scraps in as you weed! great hack You can see the kleenex box just hanging out next to me!  weed vinyl

 

 

I also saw this super fun tip on the Expressions vinyl facebook page You take a piece of scrap sticky vinyl and use it to stick your other pieces too!

 

 

and Last–tip number 4 the best weeding tools

TOOLS of the trade. Each person has a way to weed that works for them. There is no right or wrong! Here are the 4 tools that I’ve seen people use!

  1. tweezers! makes it great for grabbing vinyl. They even have some with magnifiers on it!
  2. utility knife or Xacto knife. Great for weeding..but sharp edge. Helpful to have if vinyl isn’t cut all the way through.
  3. A straight pin inexpensive and easy to replace! Tiny little point to get tiny pieces of vinyl!
  4. weeding tool from Expressions It’s the size of a pen and a little more heavy duty and has a curved point that makes it easy to get up the vinyl. (my personal favorite)

weeding vinyl nightmare
Okay…once you have it all weeded…time to apply. This was heat transfer vinyl (Heat transfer comes with a plastic sheet over it–called a carrier sheet)  iron on vinyl and you can just iron right on top. Pressing for 15 seconds at a medium heat! iron on vinyl expressions

Then peel up the carrier sheet.
peel up carrier sheet off of vinyl It’s so cute that you will forget how much time you had to spend weeding all the vinyl!

tote bag You could easily do this in black vinyl and attach it to a white tote bag so they could color it in! kind of like this one I made:  coloring canvas tote bag diy your own with puff paint!

 

Well..it’s late…so I need to go craft! good night!

ottlite

About Kimbo

Kimbo blogs at A girl and a glue gun--where she puts her hot glue gun to good use (as well as her vinyl cutter and sewing machine) She loves all crafts and is thrifty (the nice way to say she's cheap) So she is constantly trying to come up with fast and easy projects that won't break the bank! She lives in Idaho with her hot husband and 3 kiddos.