Wednesday, March 18, 2009

WFMW—Make Your Own Vinyl Decals

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I love this so much that Craig should be jealous! Ever since I saw this on Rate My Space back in November, I have wanted to do it on my front door.

I was a little too afraid to paint it, just in case I made a mistake or ever decided to remove it. Then houses around the neighborhood started popping up with “Welcome” on the doors in vinyl lettering, so I looked into buying the numbers online. It wasn’t too expensive, but I never got around to ordering.

Then last night I stumbled on this. Brilliant! Contact paper! Today I printed out my numbers, using Times New Roman. I resized the ‘No.’ to 200 and the numbers to 375.

I then taped the printed paper to the front of white contact paper, which I already had. Using a Xacto knife, I carefully cut around the printouts. Technically, I used a box cutter because I couldn’t find my Xacto, so it was a little more difficult than it needed to be.

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Then I positioned them on the door. It might have been helpful to measure and mark the spacing, but I didn’t. Fortunately, they were easily repositionable.

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Now I need to check the HOA rules to see if I can remove the original numbers from the post, which the builder put on crooked anyway.

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Since I had the contact paper, this was free for me. Free vinyl decals Works for Me! Visit We Are THAT Family for more tips.

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31 comments:

Sheryl said...

Oh my goodness! That looks wonderful! What a great idea. I haven't seen any vinyl lettering on the exteriors of homes anywhere here...yet. I bet it's coming our way! We have not had exterior numbers on our house since we painted it 2 years ago. It's only on the curb. I know that's not good, so I need to do something soon!

pcb said...

Thanks for a creative idea!

Kirsty said...

What a great idea! Thank you :) Your door looks wonderful!

the BLAH BLAH BLAHger said...

Dang, you're a genius! :)

ilovemy5kids said...

Great idea!!! I love these ideas! I need inspiration. :)

Thanks for the sweet comment!

Jamie @ Purposeful Pursuit said...

Love this! It looks amazing! This is my first visit to your blog...I'm glad I found it.

fruitfulwords said...

Great idea that does look great on your door. I wish my front door didn't have a screen.

But I bet I'll find a use for your idea on vinyl lettering. I have clear contact paper just aching to be used.

Becky said...

I must be behind the times; I've just learned about vinyl lettering. Thanks for explaining how to do it without going to the store!

Kasey Hunt said...

looks awesome!! Good job.

momof3girls said...

oh, aren''t you so smart!! I love it!!! I saw in someones post just the other day "welcome" on the front door and loved it, (but also thought ugh! I wonder how much that will cost me!) Well you just made it affordable!!! Thank you!!!!

Michelle said...

Great idea...you did a wonderful job!

Enjoy your day!

mub said...

What a neat idea! It looks great =)

The Blossoming Skillet said...

Your door is so cute. I love this project, makes me wish mine was a little more visible.

April said...

Well done!! I just ordered an Uppercase living vinyl wall sticker. Those things are expensive. I love this...and for us scrapbookers, dyecuts can make an easy cut. Hadn't thought of this. Thank you!

~Rhen @yestheyareallmine said...

That is such a great idea!!

dixie said...

You are such a smartie pants!!! Didn't I just email you about a DIY for this??? So, would it work for the quote I want to do above my front door?

Jenny Beth @ JenuineJen said...

That is a great idea and it looks so nice on your door.

AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage said...

Great idea!!! I'm totally going to try that.

Pajama Mama said...

never thought about white contact paper...wow-this opens up a world of possibilities...
-kristen

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

So cute - I have my numbers on my front door and love it!

Sonya said...

That is something to be truly proud about, I LOVE it!

Tina said...

That's a brilliant idea! I'm going to try this :)

Lucy Marie said...

That looks awesome! I just might have to try it ...

Are you going to do thrift store Thursday every week? I want to join but I didn't have a chance to go shopping this week.

Bonnie said...

I do not have a blog, but you can e-mail me if you have time to answer. Would you mind sharing what program you used to englarge your numbers? Such a clever idea. Thank you! Bonnie Schmidt (Bonnieeschmidt@aol.com)

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

I too saw this on Rate My Space and have wanted to do it on our new door. I was deciding between "Welcome" and our house numbers. I'm definatly using contact paper now whatever I decide!! I always love your Works for Me posts...you've got such great ideas!

ashley said...

I love your blog! I am new to the blogging world and have an online store. I would love it if you would look at my stuff and post my link on your blog if you like it! Thanks so much!

ashley said...

It would help if I gave you the link! Sorry, my eyes are blurry from too much work on the laptop tonight!(: It is www.thepolkadotalley.com. My blog is www.thepolkadotalley.com/blog. Thanks!

Nancy said...

I came here by way of Tip Junkie and I am glad I did! I was really pondering whether or not to paint the numbers on my door. Now I am happy to do this-neater -no drips!and removeable.
Thanks
~Nancy

Jenette said...

That is so creative! I have spent a lot on vinyl letters! Thanks for the tip!!

PinkBalloons&Macaroons said...

such a great idea!! thanks!!I hope you have a fabulous day!! hugs!! Britt :-)

Its So Very Cheri said...

LOVE IT--I have a project that I want to do. I have contacted a gal 3 times and she has never gotten back to me on pricing but there are 3 different elements and I know it is going to be expensive and maybe I can do something like this instead. Yeah Holly.

Cheri