How to Use Cricut Iron On Vinyl [& Make a Valentine’s Day Pennant!]

DIY couples wedding or anniversary pennant. Learn how to use Cricut Iron On Vinyl with these simple Valentine's Day project! This simple tutorial will teach you everything you need to know about working with HTV or iron-on vinyl. You will love this DIY Modern Valentine's Day decor pennant. #valentinesday #moderndecor #HTV #Cricutmade #Cricut

If you’ve been around this site for a while, then you already know that I’m a huge fan of making my own decor. Whenever we redesign or redecorate a space, I tend to put my own artwork in there. My favourite way to do that is with my Cricut cutting machine! The Cricut is such a versatile machine! It can cut so many different materials, quickly and easily. Today I wanted to highlight one of my favourite materials, and show you how to use Cricut Iron On Vinyl. I’ll be using it to make these quick DIY pennants, since Valentine’s day is quickly approaching.

Learning how to use Cricut Iron on vinyl. Learn how to use Cricut Iron On Vinyl with these simple Valentine's Day project! This simple tutorial will teach you everything you need to know about working with HTV or iron-on vinyl. You will love this DIY Modern Valentine's Day decor pennant. #valentinesday #moderndecor #HTV #Cricutmade #Cricut

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I have shared sooo many  Cricut iron on projects in the past, but I don’t think I’ve ever shared a deep dive into what iron on is, and how to use Cricut iron on vinyl, step-by-step. So that’s what I wanted to share today, in addition to sharing how I made this cute Valentine’s Day Decor!

What is Cricut Iron On Vinyl?

Iron on vinyl is a type of vinyl material that can be ironed onto fabrics and other materials (like wood, paper, or metal). You can use an iron, a Cricut EasyPress or a heat press to adhere to iron on vinyl to your materials because the iron on vinyl has a special adhesive on one side that is activated by the heat.

There are two main types of Cricut vinyl, adhesive and iron on (which is sometimes called heat-transfer vinyl or HTV). In this post, I’m focusing on everyday Iron On or Iron On Lite. Other types of iron on vinyl include foil, holographic, glitter and sportflex.

Learn how to use Cricut Iron On Vinyl with these simple Valentine's Day project! This simple tutorial will teach you everything you need to know about working with HTV or iron-on vinyl. You will love this DIY Modern Valentine's Day decor pennant. #valentinesday #moderndecor #HTV #Cricutmade #Cricut

Materials Needed for the Valentine’s Day Banner with Cricut Iron On Vinyl: 

To Make the Pennant: 

How to Use Cricut Iron On Vinyl:

Learn how to use Cricut Iron On Vinyl with these simple Valentine's Day project! This simple tutorial will teach you everything you need to know about working with HTV or iron-on vinyl. You will love this DIY Modern Valentine's Day decor pennant. #valentinesday #moderndecor #HTV #Cricutmade #Cricut

Start by opening your design space file in the Cricut Design Space. You can create any design you want in the design space. If you want to make this pennant, you can open my file HERE. You can adjust the size or make any changes. When you are ready, hit the greeen “Make It” button in the top right.

Learn how to use Cricut Iron On Vinyl with these simple Valentine's Day project! This simple tutorial will teach you everything you need to know about working with HTV or iron-on vinyl. You will love this DIY Modern Valentine's Day decor pennant. #valentinesday #moderndecor #HTV #Cricutmade #Cricut

This will bring you to a screen of your projects laid out on mats for you. When using Cricut iron on vinyl, you ALWAYS want to make sure that the image is REVERSED. There is a spot that says “mirror” in the left panel – you can see that I have turned that on, and my images have reversed. When you are ready, hit continue.

Learn how to use Cricut Iron On Vinyl with these simple Valentine's Day project! This simple tutorial will teach you everything you need to know about working with HTV or iron-on vinyl. You will love this DIY Modern Valentine's Day decor pennant. #valentinesday #moderndecor #HTV #Cricutmade #Cricut

Now you will arrive at a material selection page. Select the blue “iron on” box. If you are using a specific type of iron on, you can search for it by selecting the “browse all materials” link above the boxes. If you have a Cricut explore machine, you will need to select your material by turning the knob on the right hand side of the Cricut.

Learn how to use Cricut Iron On Vinyl with these simple Valentine's Day project! This simple tutorial will teach you everything you need to know about working with HTV or iron-on vinyl. You will love this DIY Modern Valentine's Day decor pennant. #valentinesday #moderndecor #HTV #Cricutmade #Cricut

Once you have selected Cricut Iron-On Vinyl, you will be prompted to load your iron on vinyl into the Cricut. You can choose to cut in “fast mode” here too, which I recommend!

The Cricut Maker cutting iron on vinyl. Learn how to use Cricut Iron On Vinyl with these simple Valentine's Day project! This simple tutorial will teach you everything you need to know about working with HTV or iron-on vinyl. You will love this DIY Modern Valentine's Day decor pennant. #valentinesday #moderndecor #HTV #Cricutmade #Cricut

Before you load, make sure that your iron on vinyl is SMOOTHLY laid down on the cutting mat, and that the shiny side is down. The shiny side is the protective layer between the heat and the vinyl when you add heat later on. When the shiny side is down, the vinyl layer will be up, and be cut.

Weeding Iron on cricut vinyl. Learn how to use Cricut Iron On Vinyl with these simple Valentine's Day project! This simple tutorial will teach you everything you need to know about working with HTV or iron-on vinyl. You will love this DIY Modern Valentine's Day decor pennant. #valentinesday #moderndecor #HTV #Cricutmade #Cricut

After you vinyl comes out of the Cricut machine, you can use a Cricut weeding tool to help you weed off the vinyl that is not part of your design. Your cut-out image should be reversed with the protective layer underneath.

Using the EasyPress to iron on cricut vinyl. Learn how to use Cricut Iron On Vinyl with these simple Valentine's Day project! This simple tutorial will teach you everything you need to know about working with HTV or iron-on vinyl. You will love this DIY Modern Valentine's Day decor pennant. #valentinesday #moderndecor #HTV #Cricutmade #Cricut

After everything is weeded. You place your cut out design onto your fabric, so that the design is the right way – with the clear protective layer on top. Next apply heat, using your Cricut EasyPress (or iron or heat press) on your EasyPress mat. You can check the Recommended EasyPress settings to determine three important things: 1) What temperature to use, 2) How long to use it, and 3) Whether to use a cool peel or a warm peel (whether to peel off the top layer while it’s still warm, or after it all cools off.

No matter what the instructions say, whenever I peel the clear protective layer off of my design, I like to peel it slowly off one corner first. When you do this, you can double check that the cricut iron on vinyl has adhered properly. If it peels up at all, you can carefully put it back in place and apply a bit more heat.

How to Make the Valentine’s Day Pennant for your Cricut Iron On Vinyl:

If you want to make a quick no sew pennant for these Valentine’s Day Pennants I wanted to quickly show you how to do that!

Using heat and bond lite with canvas. Learn how to use Cricut Iron On Vinyl with these simple Valentine's Day project! This simple tutorial will teach you everything you need to know about working with HTV or iron-on vinyl. You will love this DIY Modern Valentine's Day decor pennant. #valentinesday #moderndecor #HTV #Cricutmade #Cricut

To make these simple pennants without a sewing machine, you need your fabric, Heat n Bond, and a rotary cutter (or scissors).

Measuring the proper pennant size. Learn how to use Cricut Iron On Vinyl with these simple Valentine's Day project! This simple tutorial will teach you everything you need to know about working with HTV or iron-on vinyl. You will love this DIY Modern Valentine's Day decor pennant. #valentinesday #moderndecor #HTV #Cricutmade #Cricut

I started by cutting some 12″ by 18″ fabric rectangles, and then drawing the arrow pointed end for my pennant. I found the centre first (6″) and then drew a couple of lines until I was happy.

Cutting canvas to make a pennant. Learn how to use Cricut Iron On Vinyl with these simple Valentine's Day project! This simple tutorial will teach you everything you need to know about working with HTV or iron-on vinyl. You will love this DIY Modern Valentine's Day decor pennant. #valentinesday #moderndecor #HTV #Cricutmade #Cricut

I cut the those edges off and discarded them.

Making a DIY Pennant and using the Cricut EasyPress. Learn how to use Cricut Iron On Vinyl with these simple Valentine's Day project! This simple tutorial will teach you everything you need to know about working with HTV or iron-on vinyl. You will love this DIY Modern Valentine's Day decor pennant. #valentinesday #moderndecor #HTV #Cricutmade #Cricut

Next, I applied a thin strip of Heat n Bond to the edge of the pennant. Put the glue side down and leave the paper side up.

Using the Cricut EasyPress on Canvas. Learn how to use Cricut Iron On Vinyl with these simple Valentine's Day project! This simple tutorial will teach you everything you need to know about working with HTV or iron-on vinyl. You will love this DIY Modern Valentine's Day decor pennant. #valentinesday #moderndecor #HTV #Cricutmade #Cricut

Use an iron or the Cricut EasyPress to adhere the Heat n Bond to the fabric.

Applying heat n bond to fabric. Learn how to use Cricut Iron On Vinyl with these simple Valentine's Day project! This simple tutorial will teach you everything you need to know about working with HTV or iron-on vinyl. You will love this DIY Modern Valentine's Day decor pennant. #valentinesday #moderndecor #HTV #Cricutmade #Cricut

Next, remove the paper, and turn over the side of the fabric. Apply heat again briefly so that the glue sticks the two sides together.

Making a DIY No Sew Pennant. Learn how to use Cricut Iron On Vinyl with these simple Valentine's Day project! This simple tutorial will teach you everything you need to know about working with HTV or iron-on vinyl. You will love this DIY Modern Valentine's Day decor pennant. #valentinesday #moderndecor #HTV #Cricutmade #Cricut

Do this for all five sides of your pennant. When you get to the top piece, make sure that you bring the top down low enough to allow a wooden dowel to slip through the top.

Apply your Cricut Iron On Vinyl (using the instructions above).

Canvas pennant for couples. Learn how to use Cricut Iron On Vinyl with these simple Valentine's Day project! This simple tutorial will teach you everything you need to know about working with HTV or iron-on vinyl. You will love this DIY Modern Valentine's Day decor pennant. #valentinesday #moderndecor #HTV #Cricutmade #Cricut

I love the way that these pennants look in our living room! It’s the perfect modern Valentine’s Day decor. It’s amazing what a little iron on vinyl can do!

Learn how to use Cricut Iron On Vinyl with these simple Valentine's Day project! This simple tutorial will teach you everything you need to know about working with HTV or iron-on vinyl. You will love this DIY Modern Valentine's Day decor pennant. #valentinesday #moderndecor #HTV #Cricutmade #Cricut DIY pennant for the living room. Learn how to use Cricut Iron On Vinyl with these simple Valentine's Day project! This simple tutorial will teach you everything you need to know about working with HTV or iron-on vinyl. You will love this DIY Modern Valentine's Day decor pennant. #valentinesday #moderndecor #HTV #Cricutmade #Cricut

I made two versions because I couldn’t decide, and I love them both!

Beautiful Valentine's Day living room decor. Learn how to use Cricut Iron On Vinyl with these simple Valentine's Day project! This simple tutorial will teach you everything you need to know about working with HTV or iron-on vinyl. You will love this DIY Modern Valentine's Day decor pennant. #valentinesday #moderndecor #HTV #Cricutmade #Cricut

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