Can You Heat Press Permanent Vinyl On Wood

Heat Press Permanent Vinyl On Wood

Vinyl stickers are used for the purpose of decorating rooms, shops, cars, etc. These are also known as stickers or decals. If you are struggling with peel and stick vinyl that does not stick sometimes exactly in the same way as desired then HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl) can be a good option for you, as HTV sticks to the wall or at the desired place in a perfect way. 

Placing HTV requires certain steps to be followed but does not hold a steep learning curve so newbies can also follow steps and get the task done easily.

HTV is a great option if you feel uncomfortable with making stencils, painting, etc. It is perfect for fabrics, wood signs, and related crafts.

What is HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl)?

Unlike peel and stick vinyl, HTV is preferred most of the time because of its perfect smoothness. It requires heat (using an iron or heat press) to make vinyl stick to the surface. It can be used for T-shirts, tote bags, any fabric, or wood, also it stays sticky for a longer period of time. Here I will be describing the placing of HTV on wood only.

How to use HTV?

If I talk about the process of placing HTV on wood then it is quite similar to placing the vinyl onto the T-shirt or any of the fabric. So, if you were working with vinyl on the fabric then you will not feel uneasy with the process. Before jumping directly into the steps let’s start with the prerequisite. 

So, the needed materials for the process are.

  • Wood Surface
  • Cricut Design Space
  • Cricut Machine
  • Blade
  • Heat transfer Vinyl
  • Weeding tool
  • Iron
  • Iron pad

Steps to put HTV on the wooden board are

Step 1: Firstly, use Cricut design space to design and cut the vinyl, while designing the vinyl you may use the stylish font.

Step 2: Make sure you have enabled mirror property in the Cricut design space before cutting it out.

Step 3: Now, remove background vinyl using a weeding tool and this process is known as weeding the design

Step 4: Now, turn your vinyl design and place it properly on the surface of wood on which you want to place it.

Step 5: It is a time to provide heat to vinyl (placed on the wooden board) using iron

Step 6: While heating the Vinyl choose the temperature wisely as a wrong decision can lead to the destruction of vinyl and in order to choose the perfect temperature use the Vinyl instructions manual (which comes along with Vinyl)

Step 7: keep checking the vinyl (whether it sticks or not) by peeling away a small portion from the corners. This way you will get to know for how much duration a vinyl should be heated and keep that duration in mind and apply similar heat to the whole Vinyl.

Step 8: Keep pressing the vinyl after the heat has been applied to the whole portion, as this will lead to perfect sticking of vinyl onto the wooden surface

Step 9: While heating the vinyl do not slide the iron back and forth as this could come up with sliding of the sticker and this way the whole sticker could get damaged. This comes up with good practice. Also, do not press vinyl for so long as this way your vinyl will start shrinking and will leave a glossy outline around the sticker, so be cautious while giving long heat pressing.

Using Plank Wood?

Plank wood is a kind of timber that is flat, elongated, and has several parallel faces. When it comes to pasting a vinyl on it, it requires certain steps to be followed, which are mentioned below.

Step 1: Place vinyl onto the wooden board in the desired position

Step 2: Put iron on the vinyl decals and start heating it

Step 3: Mark and cut the vinyl at the position where the separate portion starts, this way your Vinyl will not tamper.

Step 4: Try to heat one portion of the vinyl at a time.

By following the above-mentioned steps you can easily put the vinyl onto the plank wood. So, here was a detailed step-by-step guide to put vinyl on simple wood and as well on the plank wood.


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