How to Apply Heat Transfer Vinyl onto Wood (and other surfaces!)

I love making customized t-shirts as much as the next person, but contrary to popular belief, heat transfer isn’t just for shirts! There are so many different surfaces and materials for which you can apply Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV). Let me show you how to apply HTV onto wood, and share some other ideas of what heat transfer vinyl can be used for!


Supplies Needed:

ImPRESSED Vinyl™ white heat transfer vinyl
-Cutting Machine (I used a Silhouette Cameo)
-Teflon sheet
-Home iron
-Weeding hook or craft tweezers
-Blank wood sign (found at any craft store)


STEP ONE: Prepare Design In Software

Open your software program (I used Silhouette Studio) and either create your design or import one. This script “Welcome” design is found in the Silhouette Design Store.


Draw a rectangle the size of your wood sign. (You can either make your wood sign or purchase a blank one from the craft store. The one I’m using I found at Hobby Lobby.


After the drawing the rectangle, you can size the design as big as you’d like it to be. Then bring it back to the working area.


STEP TWO: Cut Out Your HTV Design

Because heat transfer material cuts on the back side, we need to mirror our image. Right click on the design and select flip horizontally.


Now our image is mirrored and ready to cut!


Go to the cut settings window and select the material we will be cutting. I chose the Heat Transfer, Smooth preset and it works great. Remember to adjust your blade accordingly if you aren’t using the auto blade function on the Silhouette Cameo 3.


Place your heat transfer vinyl onto the cutting mat, shiny side DOWN.


Load the cutting mat into the machine and let it get to work!



STEP THREE: Weed Your HTV Design

After cutting the design, it’s time to weed. Start at a corner and peel off the vinyl that is not part of the design.


Use a weeding hook or a pair of craft tweezers and peel out the little insides of the letters.


Continue until the whole design has been weeded.



STEP FOUR: Iron HTV Onto Wood Sign

After weeding the design, it’s time to press! Heat up your iron to cotton settings with no steam. Place the weeded design onto the center of the wood sign—yes onto wood!  Before you add the heat, you can shift it around as much as you’d like.


Put the Teflon sheet over the design and press for 15-20 seconds on each section.


Allow the design to cool at least 1 minute. imPRESSED Vinyl is a COLD peel heat transferNow gently peel off the clear carrier sheet. If any part of the vinyl starts to peel up, place the carrier sheet and Teflon back down and press for a little longer.


Now we have a customized wood sign that can be displayed in your home!


I love how easy HTV is to work with, and how a simple design can customize anything!


Here are a bunch of other ideas that you can use HTV on:


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That just barely scratches the surface of all the different types of materials you can use heat transfer on. If you have a creative project you’ve used HTV on, please be sure to tag us @impressedvinyl to show off your creations!


Happy Crafting!

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2 thoughts on “How to Apply Heat Transfer Vinyl onto Wood (and other surfaces!)

    • ImPRESSED Vinyl Admin says:

      you sure can! be careful not to apply too much pressure when pressing (to not crack the glass) and start by going a few seconds under the recommended press time

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