Its back to school preparation time, and this month’s 12 Months Of DIY project is using vinyl, which is a perfect fit for me! I have learned to use vinyl over the past year or two using it with my Cricut machine and I have slowly got a bit more adventurous with my projects. Heat transfer vinyl is available in various colors and finishes, but this metallic gold from Expressions Vinyl is one of my favorites.
I have been slowly gathering shoes, clothes, and supplies for back to school, and including myself in the gathering as well. I found an adorable pair of basic grey shoes and wanted to add some simple designs to create my own personalized shoes.
SHOE UPGRADE – Personalized Shoes
Personalized Shoes don’t have to be crazy. A simple set of arrows add a little bling and sparkle.
To make your own personalized shoes, or any item for that matter, this is how I made mine.
Something to apply vinyl to – shoes, shirt, backpack, etc.
Heat Transfer Vinyl – I used the gold metallic sheets from Expressions Vinyl.
Cricut Explore & accessories (optional) – directions will assume you are using this.
*Optional – Scissors or Die Cut machine if not using a cricut)
This metallic vinyl is a bit more tricky to apply. Here is what you will need to know.
- Choose the shape to cut out using Cricut Design Space and size it according to where it is to be applied.
- Make sure to select mirror image for iron on products.
- Put the vinyl with the clear plastic coating touching the mat, so the grey backing is what you will see.
- Remove the excess material around your shape (this is called weeding). Don’t forget the tiny cutouts inside the arrows or inside any letters. Keep the clear plastic on your design and place where it looks best.
- Preheat the fabric for 3 seconds with an iron or heat press.
- Apply medium pressure at 275°F for 15 seconds
- Peel the clear coating while the design is still warm. Expressions Vinyl has a great facebook page, where they share so many tips for how to apply the product, different types of materials, and shortcuts to figuring it all out. The projects can be done using any machine that cuts vinyl, such as Cricut, Silhouette, Xyron, Craft ROBO, Graphtec, Quickutz, Inspirations, Pazzles, etc. Check out even more great tutorials using heat transfer vinyl here.
Now it’s time to see the rest of the DIY vinyl project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends!
From the top left, they are:
Number Subway Art from Love Create Celebrate
DIY Upcycled Faux Geometric Mosaic Tile Serving Tray Using Vinyl from Sustain My Craft Habit
Personalized Shoes from Brooklyn Berry Designs
Vinyl Otomi Chargers from PMQ for Two
DIY personalized throw pillow – home is where the heart is from Vin’yet Etc.
DIY Decorated Rain Barrel Using Fun Vibrant Colours from Time With Thea
Child’s Memory Box with Hand-Cut Vinyl Decals from Woman in Real Life
DIY Striped Carafe from Lifeovereasy
Life is a Party Napkins from Life is a Party
Vintage Inspired DIY Office Sign from Heather in Heels
Easy Strawberry Jam with Printable Vinyl Labels from The DIY Mommy
Custom Artwork Using Vinyl from Love Create Celebrate
I have a few projects using vinyl you should check out!
This banner uses the same metallic gold iron on vinyl.
** Update** If you would like to see all 12 projects for this #12monthsofdiy series you can see each month here!