How to Make Your Own Vinyl Letters for Walls

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Vinyl lettering is a quick way to add a touch of art to your walls. You can secure vinyl to any flat, non-porous surface. From your favorite quotes to your initials to family names, you can use lettering to customize your space. You can also choose the font, the size of lettering and the color for the vinyl. While there are companies that sell a variety of sayings, you might prefer to make your own vinyl lettering.

Things You'll Need

  • Self-adhesive vinyl
  • Computer
  • Word-processing software
  • Printer
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Level
  • Ruler
  • Credit card
  • Clear adhesive spray
  • Purchase a self-adhesive vinyl, such as contact paper, from a craft store. You can work with non-adhesive vinyl material, but you'll have to purchase an adhesive to apply to the back of the vinyl to get it to stick to the walls. Most craft stores carry a selection of different colored vinyl with adhesive backing, so pick the color you want your vinyl decals or lettering to be.

  • Use your computer to make a stencil for each letter. Pick the font and the size you want to use. Print one letter per page for larger sizes. Your word processing software will provide you with a variety of fonts, or you can search online at sites such as 1001freefonts.com for additional ones. You can also invest in a printer that cuts self-adhesive vinyl based on the document on your computer. To do this, you'll need special vinyl and a printer.

  • Print your lettering onto paper using your computer's printer. Cut out each letter to make stencils and place them on top of the top side of your self-adhesive vinyl. Trace around your stencils with a pencil, creating a soft indentation in the vinyl. Leave enough space between letters to make it easy to cut out each letter without creating additional waste. Remove the stencils and cut out the letters using a pair of scissors.

  • Consider upgrading to a professional system. If you want to create vinyl lettering as a business, consider investing in a vinyl cutter, or plotter. These machines work with large rolls of vinyl and commercial-grade supplies to create cost-effective vinyl lettering. Expect to pay more than $3,000 for a professional system.

  • Lay out where you want the vinyl lettering to go on the wall. You may find it helpful to use a level and a ruler. Peel the backing off the vinyl and smooth the letter into place. You can use a credit card to smooth out any bubbles.

  • Determine whether you want to add a clear spray to the top of the vinyl to help it stay in place.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may find it helpful to use a precision utility knife to cut out the inside portions of letters.

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