Make Vinyl Wall Quotes Using Your Cricut Die Cut Machine

If you are into budget decorating like I am, this is the project for you. Have you ever seen those gorgeous vinyl wall quotes everyone is raving about? Great news! You can make your very own, quickly and easily with some contact paper and your Cricut machine. Yes, that's right- I said contact paper! In a hub posted prior to this one I explained how to make vinyl quotes out of contact paper and computer software but I thought I would take it a bit further and try doing these with the Cricut and it came out lovely. This project is tried and true. I am excited to share this with you.

Supplies Needed

  • Cricut Die Cut Machine and Mat
  • Cricut Cartridge of Choice or Sure Cuts A Lot Software
  • Contact Paper (i used an old roll I had been saving)
  • Spray Adhesive for Temporary Stick (like Elmers Craft Bond)
  • Spray Paint (if you don't like the color of your contact paper)

Step One- Cut Contact Paper to Size and Adhere to Mat

First thing to do is cut your contact paper to the size of the mat of whatever Cricut machine you are using. It would be either 6in x 12in or 12in by 12in. My machine is the Create which has 6in by 12in mat. So, once you have your contact paper cut to the mat size and assuming your contact paper is already the color or print that you want, it's time to spray the mat with some temporary spray adhesive and following the spray adhesive directions adhere the contact paper to the mat making sure to get all edges. Make sure it is completely stuck to the mat.

TIP: I used an old mat for this. I don't throw out my mats because I've found that I can use temporary adhesive spray on them and use them over and over. I've been doing this quite some time and have never had any problem and my machine still works great. You may want to start saving old mats for this and save the new clean ones for other projects

If your contact paper isn't the color that you would like it to be it's a good idea to paint it before cutting... I painted mine with dark brown glossy spray paint (it was an old roll that was white and had yellowed) then after it dried adhered it to the mat. As I've mentioned in previous hubs I like using spray paint.. it just covers really well and it dries quickly.

Step Two- Choose Your Font and Cut

OK.. so we have our contact paper cut to size, painted if you prefer and then adhered to the mat. It's time to choose what you want to cut. I used Sure Cuts A Lot Softwre to do mine. This is awesome software that allows you to use any font, dingbat or svg image saved to your pc. You may want to use one of the Cricut Cartridges... basically anything you can cut on that mat, you can make as d├ęcor for your wall. The possibilities are truly endless!!

Now cut your design (lower speed is best for intricate or detailed cutting) When finished carefully peel off the mat to avoid ripping any of the design. Also, before peeling and sticking to your wall, you may want to make some lines with a yardstick just to make sure everything is lined up and even.

And that's all there is to it! A fabulous vinyl wall quote/design for less than a fraction of the price!!!

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Jamie Brock 8 months ago from Texas Author

Stacie-you've probably already found your answer.I apologize for the late reply but if I had to guess I would say yes.

Stacie 10 months ago

Does the Sure Cuts A Lot Software work with the Cricut Expressions 2 Machine?

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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Natashalh- Thank you so much for stopping by! Yes, contact paper works great and is much cheaper than the vinyl.. at least the Cricut brand vinyl. They even have chalkboard contact paper now. I just got some a while back and it's great :)

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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

Those are such pretty letters! Thanks for sharing these tips. I don't have a die cut machine, but it had never occurred to me to cut contact paper for other uses - I can feel the mental wheels turning, already.

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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

sunbun143, Hey how are you?! It's great to hear from you... and yes, the Dollar Store is fabulous for sure! I had no idea they had colored and patterned contact paper at the Dollar store! Thank you so much for letting me know. I haven't been in a while.. so I'm due for a visit :) I hope all is going well with you Sunny, so great to hear from you :) P.S. How did the wedding go or is it still coming up?

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sunbun143 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

jamie - I just found this old hub of yours...I haven't tried any vinyl cutting yet, though I have some. And I've heard about the using contact paper trick. But did you know you can get colored and patterned contact paper at the dollar store?? Hehehe...our favorite store, isn't it?

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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Sherry... sorry I'm just now replying.. for some reason I didn't see your post and I see you sent it 9 months ago :0/ Thank you so much for stopping by and you are very welcome. I love sharing new tips and tricks that I learn :0)

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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Jackie- You are very welcome :0) I'm so happy that you dropped back by to thank me and let me know how your project worked out! Contact paper really does work just as well as the vinyl and it is so much less expensive for sure. You can even purchase contact paper in colors I hear... and they even have a chalkboard contact paper now. I would love to see a photo of your project sometime :0)

Jackie 4 years ago

Thank you so much for posting this wonderful idea! I was so sad because my project had been derailed by the cost of the Cricut vinyl, but your idea worked wonderfully (I suspect better than the vinyl would have), and my project was an affordable, smashing success!! Thank you so very much for your thoughtfulness in posting. Happy crafting!

Sherry 5 years ago

I just got my cricut and haven't used it much yet. I am so glad you told us about the mats and being able to reuse them. I had wondered this myself but was afraid it might hurt the machine or something. Thank you so much. Also great idea with the shelf paper and painting it. I hadn't thought of that. I just made a sign with shelf paper but used it as a stencil. Very Cool! Thanks for sharing.

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