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Welcoming baby Brooklyn into the world brings the kid count up of this family up to four!
That’s right, FOUR kids!
That’s a lot of frigging kids!
Travelling with a newborn, I was on the hunt for the perfect Baby on Board bumper sticker for the back of my SUV. Unable to find something I liked, I decided to make a vinyl car decal with the Cricut Maker!
A while ago, I purchased a paint-your-own doormat with the same message from a school fundraiser. Unfortunately, my preggo brain double-booked myself and couldn’t attend. I’ve been wanting to put this oh-so-relevant message on something, and really, no better canvas than my vehicle!
Get to know the Cricut Maker
This was my first ever project with the Cricut Maker, and it certainly won’t be my last!
I’ve coveted a Cricut machine ever since they first came out, but when the time finally arrived to get my very own I struggled with deciding between the Cricut Explore Air 2 and the Cricut Maker.
Both machines are amazing, but ultimately the Maker won me over as it can do everything the Explore Air 2 can, and then some! The Maker gives the freedom to make virtually any DIY project imaginable, from 3D art to home decor, jewelry, iron-on, vinyl, paper projects and so much more.
The Maker cuts 300+ materials, from the most delicate paper and fabric to the tough stuff like matboard, leather, and basswood.
Cricut Design Space
The real hero behind the Cricut Maker is Cricut Design Space. All Cricut machines come with Design Space, a free, easy-to-learn design software. Design Space is a cloud-based that allows users to access files from any device, any time. Start on your phone, continue on your laptop, and even work offline! Create your designs from scratch, or select from thousands of ready-to-make projects.
Design Space has monthly or annual subscription options giving you access to 100,000+ images. Hundreds of fonts. An ever‑growing collection of ready‑to‑make projects. Not sure which plan is for you? No worries – every Cricut machine comes with a month of free Design Space access to help get your creative juices flowing!
How to make a vinyl car decal with the Cricut Maker
After getting my toes wet with the sample card project that came with my Maker, I was ready to tear into my supplies and make a vinyl car decal!
I knew I wanted a simple design for my vinyl car decal and with the super user-friendly Cricut Design space, I knew I could get the look I wanted without issue. What I didn’t realize was that I’d spend the bulk of my time picking out the perfect font! With 100’s of fonts available, it was hard to settle on just one (or two in this case).
What you need
- Cricut Maker
- Standard Grip Mat
- Permanent Vinyl – White or other colour of your choice
- Cricut Transfer Paper
- Basic Tool Set
After selecting the fonts that I liked, I made a rough estimate of finished vinyl car decal size and scaled my design appropriately. I also played with the font spacing to create a more seamless cursive look to my text. I added a simple heart image from the Design Space library and it was good to go!
Measure twice, cut once
As the old adage says – measure twice, cut once… The same rule applies when you make a vinyl car decal with the Cricut Maker.
Once your design is ready to go, it’s time to prep your materials for cutting. You have a few different options when it comes to cutting your project. You can either attach the entire sheet of vinyl to the mat, or you can cut the vinyl to size.
WARNING: if you decide to cut your vinyl to size before attaching to the mat, make darn sure that you’ve measured correctly so you don’t come up short. I speak from experience on this one!
Get to work
Putting the machine to work is really the simple part. Whether you’re using Design Space on your phone or on your computer, once you select make it, the program will walk you through the process step-by-step.
Feed your prepared mat into the machine, press the blinking button and watch the magic happen!
Once you’ve weeded your design, apply transfer tape to the top of your vinyl car decal and use the scraper to make sure everything is sticking in place as it should be.
Now it’s time to apply your vinyl car decal to your vehicle! Make sure that you have a clean and dry surface. Use glass cleaner or rubbing alcohol to ensure the surface you’re applying your vinyl car decal to is clean and dry.
And, there you have it! Now you know how to make a vinyl car decal with the Cricut Maker! Want to make your own? Grab my template from my Design Space!
What would your vinyl car decal say?
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Love the way yours turned out 🙂
I made one once too, but I’m about to get a different car so I may need to think about a new one!! 😉
Eschelle Westwood says
This is just the cutest and I love how the cricut makes it so easy for you to create right at home!
I love that! Hmm, not sure what mine would say 🤔
This is really cute Sarah! I have the Explore Air so I’ll def give this project a try!
Michael Kwan says
I remember I used to ask a friend of mine who owned a professional print shop to make stickers and decals for me. Amazing how convenient it is to do it yourself with Cricut now.
Janette Shearer says
I feel like my husband needs one for his car talking about how much he loves his wife… hahaha.. totally saving this for later!
Skateboard Cave says
As the familiar proverb says – measure twice, cut once… a similar guideline applies when you make a vinyl vehicle decal with the Cricut Maker
100% I’ve made that mistake a couple of times now!
Jerry Phillips says
In the wake of choosing the textual styles that I enjoyed, I made a harsh gauge of completed vinyl vehicle decal size and scaled my plan suitably. I likewise played with the textual style dividing to make an increasingly consistent cursive look to my content. I included a basic heart picture from the Design Space library and it was a great idea to go.
Really useful tutorial and lovely pictures!
Glad you like it!! Thanks for the feedback!
I love Brooklyn city. I have a plan to start an online business targeting Brooklyn city.
Would you have a recommendation for how to make and give to someone else? How to keep it sticking?
Yes!! So once you’ve cut it out and weeded it, put the clear transfer tape on the front, but don’t remove the carrier backing sheet. Then when the recipient receives it they just peel the packing off to reveal the sticky decal, place it on the desired surface, press down with a card and then peel the transfer tape off!
Hope that makes sense!
longboard geek says
I love the vinyl car.