If you’re reading this post then you likely own a heat press, a vinyl cutter and some vinyl. If so, then you have almost everything you need to create the products we talk about in this post. Create these products to upsell and earn extra income from your current customers, and hopefully gain some new ones!
Even if you don’t want to make these products professionally, these ideas would make awesome gifts for friends and family! But if you are thinking about starting a clothing business, then be sure to check out our product reviews on heat presses, cutting machines and heat transfer vinyl, as well as the many other resources on our site!
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Our first way to make extra money with vinyl is to put it on canvas. You can buy canvas for very inexpensive, especially when you get them on sale! This is a very simple and easy product you can produce to widen your market and attract more customers.
Create a design and cut it with your cutting machine set to the correct settings for the type of vinyl you are using. Make sure your design is mirrored or flipped horizontally before you cut it.
Weed your design with a weeding tool (remove any excess vinyl that is not part of your design).
Fill in the void in the back of your canvas with a heat printing pillow so that you will be able to apply even pressure to it with your heat press.
Position your transfer onto the canvas.
Place a teflon sheet or parchment paper over your transfer and press with medium pressure for about 10-15 seconds (refer to your vinyl manufacturer’s instructions regarding your heat press temperature and if it’s a hot or cold peel).
Optional – you can remove the carrier sheet, replace your teflon sheet and press your design for another 5 seconds just to make sure the vinyl is well adhered to the canvas.
This video shows how to print heat transfer vinyl onto canvas with a heat press – just like a t-shirt!
Create a design, mirror it or flip it horizontally, and weed it.
Set your iron halfway between cotton and linen. Make sure you are working on a hard surface so that you can apply a good amount of pressure with your iron.
Fill in the void in your canvas with a heat printing pillow so that you will be able to apply even and firm pressure to your design.
Place your design in position on your canvas and cover it with a teflon sheet.
Iron your design by pressing firmly section by section (the same way a heat press would apply heat and pressure).
When peeling off the carrier sheet, if any of your design has not adhered to the canvas, replace the sheet and apply more pressure for another 5-10 seconds. Refer to your vinyl manufacturer’s instructions whether to peel hot or cold.
Here’s a video showing how to make canvas wall art using heat transfer vinyl and a home iron:
Cut transfer tape (or contact paper) to the same size as your design and place it over top of your weeded design. This will hold your design in place so that you can move it and apply it to your canvas.
Burnish your design using a squeegee (or credit card) and remove any air bubbles.
Peel away the backing paper.
Position your design onto your canvas and carefully press it down section by section and try not to have any air bubbles.
Burnish your design again. You can turn your canvas over and burnish it from the back, or you can fill the void in the back of your canvas with something like a heat printing pillow and burnish your design from the front.
Slowly remove the contact paper by pulling it flat against the canvas at an angle. If any of the vinyl has not adhered, replace the transfer paper and burnish it again.
This video from Expressions Vinyl shows how to get vinyl to stick well onto canvas:
You could also use vinyl as a stencil on canvas, like in the video below:
Burnish your design with a squeegee to make sure there are no air bubbles.
Peel off the backing paper and place your design in position on the tile.
Burnish your design again and make sure it is well stuck down to your tile.
Slowly remove the transfer tape – lift a corner and pull it so that the tape is laying flat against the surface. This will help the vinyl to stick better than if you lifted the tape vertically.
Here is a video showing the process of sticking adhesive vinyl onto tile:
#3 Vinyl On Glass & Floating Frames
Personalized Floating Frame / Amazon.com
Our third way to make extra income with vinyl is to put it on glass! One way to do this is to put your vinyl design onto the glass and leave the back of the frame still in place. You could put in some colored or patterned paper to compliment your vinyl design and make it pop. Alternatively, you could leave the back of the frame off completely and create a floating frame!
How To Put Adhesive Vinyl Onto Glass
Sticking vinyl onto glass is very similar to canvas or tile.
Burnish your design with a squeegee to make sure there are no air bubbles.
Peel off the backing paper and place your design in position on the glass, pressing it down section by section.
Burnish your design to make sure it is well stuck to the glass.
Slowly remove the transfer tape – start by lifting a corner and pull it at an angle so that the tape is laying flat against the surface.
If you are making a floating frame, place some hot glue in all four corners of the frame and place the glass inside. Leave it to dry.
Alternatively, you can replace the back of the frame and place some colored or patterned paper inside to contrast with your vinyl design.
See how this project is done in the video below:
#4 Vinyl On Wood
Our fourth idea is to create signs or artwork by applying vinyl to wood. You could make signs for special occasions such as weddings and baby showers, or you could create inspirational quotes for home decor. There are endless options of what you could create, so experiment a little and find something that is going to be original and unique for your customers!
Rustic Wood Plank Hanging Sign / Amazon.com
You can use either heat transfer vinyl or adhesive vinyl on wood, depending on the effect you want to create and the type of wood you choose to use. See this post to see the different effects created when different types of vinyl are used on wood. You may want your vinyl to stick out on the wood and add some dimension, or you may want it to look painted on with the grain of the wood showing through!
Create a design in your cutting software – you will want to flip it horizontally or mirror image it before you cut it (in other words your vinyl cutter will cut your design in reverse).
Cut out your design – make sure you have the correct settings depending on the type of heat transfer vinyl you are using (refer to your vinyl manufacturer’s instructions).
Weed your design – make sure you have a good weeding tool in order to do this efficiently.
Position your design on the wood panel and cover with a teflon sheet.
Press with medium pressure with your heat press for 10-15 seconds (Refer to your vinyl manufacturer’s instructions regarding temperature and if your vinyl is a hot or cold peel).
Carefully peel off the carrier sheet and if you like you could replace the teflon sheet and press for another 5 seconds just to make sure your vinyl is well adhered.
How to Iron Heat Transfer Vinyl Onto Wood
Follow the first eight steps above as with a heat press.
Set your iron halfway between cotton and linen.
Make sure you are working on a hard surface so that you can apply firm pressure with your iron.
Press firmly with your iron on one section of your design at a time.
Peel off the carrier sheet (refer to your vinyl manufacturer’s instructions if it’s a hot or cold peel – this differs depending on the specific type of vinyl you are using).
If any of your design has not adhered properly when you are peeling off the carrier sheet then replace it and apply more heat for a few more seconds.
Optional – you can apply more heat for a few seconds without the carrier sheet to make sure your vinyl is well adhered.
In the video below, stripflock is adhered to wood with a home iron – it looks pretty good!
The Rhinestone World Magic Foil also looks awesome on wood:
There are so many unique products you can make by applying vinyl to wood. You could use stain, chalkboard paint or normal paint. You could create a crisp clean finish, or you could sand over your paint and create a distressed look. You could whitewash your wood and create a rustic look…the options are endless!
I love the idea of using chalkboard paint on wood, putting a frame around it, and cutting a quote out of vinyl to put on it!
Sand down your wood to remove any bumps or rough bits. You want a really smooth surface otherwise the vinyl won’t stick long-term.
Paint, stain or clear coat your wood. It’s best to paint your wood with an acrylic paint or give it a couple coats of clear coat spray (or both!) to help the vinyl stick. When choosing what type of paint to use on your wood, be aware of what vinyl will stick to – it doesn’t stick to everything!
Make sure your wood panel is completely dry before you try to apply your vinyl!
Create your design with your cutting machine software.
Weed your design – make sure you have a good weeding tool so that it doesn’t take all day!
Cut transfer tape to the same size as your design and use a squeegee to burnish it onto your design. Make sure you remove all the air bubbles!
If your design is small, you can remove the backing paper and burnish your design onto your wood in one go. If your design is larger, tape it down the middle and burnish one side at a time. Lift one side up, peel back the backing paper to the middle, cut it and burnish your design onto the wood. Repeat this with the other side.
Remove your transfer tape by pulling a corner back at an angle, so that your tape remains flat against the surface.
Just like with canvas, you can also use vinyl as a stencil and paint over it. The result looks awesome!
#5 Vinyl Wall Decals
Love Arrow Wall Decal / Amazon.com
Our final way to make a bit of side income with vinyl is to create vinyl wall decals. By making additional products such as vinyl wall decals, you can upsell to your current customers and make more profit for very easy work. You already likely have all the resources you need to make them, so why not give it a shot?
Clean the area of the wall. You could use rubbing alcohol or water and soap. Cleaning the surface completely will help your vinyl to stick. If there is any grease, oil, dirt or even soap residue left, this will hinder the adhesive in the vinyl from sticking.
Make sure the wall is fully dry before you start applying your vinyl. Be careful not to leave any lint behind on the wall as this will mess up your design. Vinyl will stick to a high quality semi-gloss or gloss enamel paint better than to a matte finish.
Burnish the tape onto your design with a squeegee (or credit card). Remove any air bubbles if there are any.
If your design is small, you can peel off the backing paper and simply burnish your design onto the wall. If you have a larger design, tape it onto the wall and remove the backing paper in smaller sections. Use a level to make sure you are putting it on the wall straight. If you like, you can put small pencil lines on the wall where you want your design to go so that you get it perfect!
Remove your transfer tape by pulling away a corner at an angle so that it is laying flat against the surface.
If any air bubbles are hard to remove, try removing them with a hair dryer or with a heat gun on a very low setting. Heat will soften the adhesive in the vinyl and remove any annoying air bubbles!
See how this is done in the video below!
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