Placemats are an easy and inexpensive way to decorate your tablescape for a bright colorful Valentine’s Day Party. DIYing a vinyl Valentines Placement is a fun way to add your creativity and an easy way to get the kids involved.
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As you know I love to craft with my Cricut Explore Air. You have so many options for design in the Cricut image library. And with the upload function, images are unlimited.
I grab a lot of free images from The Hunger JPEG site. The Hunger JPEG also has a ton of images that are just $1.00. If you have a cutting machine a Cricut or a silhouette, there are hundreds of images in these systems also.
I wanted a Valentine theme party placemats to coordinate with the DIY Vinyl Valentines Mugs I designed (Click for the post). So I used a lot of the same cute images to decorate my placemats for my tablescape. Red and pink vinyl for the hearts and Valentine’s Day phrases.
I found my placemats at Home Goods in the clearance section. You can also find plain placemats as a lot of your big box stores. (while I love the weave of my placemat, I was not able to use iron-on vinyl. The plain vinyl stuck to the placemat, but I would suggest a more flat material with a tight weave.)
Now that I have my images and my placements I can easily upload the images to Cricut Design space and play around to get the design I want. I placed a square on the blank canvas and then changed the color light gray. I then made the shape of about the size of the area on my placemat that I am going to decorate.
The next step to take is to upload the images I purchased at “The Hungry JPEG” to Cricut Design space. I have an in-depth tutorial: “Print & Cut Label Tutorial in Cricut Design Space” on how to upload any image you own to use with your Cricut.
If you have a Cricut or other cutting machine, you can download the images I used and upload them to your machines software. I have the beautiful images that I created in Design Space with my Cricut Explore Air to decorate my white placemats.
If you want to design your placemats with the similar images, Click Here or on the image below, to be to sign up for the Printable Library. There you can download the images for your personal use. The images can be imported into design space and made into a cut image for any of the Cricut Machines.
If you do not have a Cricut Machine, you can print the images on sticker paper and cut out by hand.
Supplies Needed for the DIY Vinyl Valentines Placemat:
Steps for a Fun Valentines Placemat:
- If needed, Iron the placemat to make sure it is flat.
- Download the Printable Images in the Printable Library.
- Upload the images to your cutting machine software, or print on sticker paper.
- Cut the images on adhesive vinyl.
- Weed the vinyl that will not be used for your image.
- Place a piece of Transfert Tape over the weeded vinyl and rub with your fingers.
- Lift up the transfer tape so that the vinyl sticks to the transfer tape.
- Play around with the images sticky side up on your placemat to get the design you want.
- Now place the adhesive vinyl on to the place and rub with your fingers.
- Remove the transfer tape leaving the vinyl image on your placemat.
You will love using this method to decorate your table for all the holidays. These same designs can be cut onto Heat Transfer Vinyl (Iron-on) and ironed on to a placemat for a more permanent design. The adhesive vinyl will just peel off if you want to make another design.
Have a wonderful Valentine’s day, and enjoy making the DIY decorations for your friends and family.A fun and beautiful DIY vinyl Valentines placemat using the Cricut Cutting Machine. Click To Tweet