How to Make Vinyl Letters Without a Cricut Expression

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While a Cricut Expression cutting machine makes cutting intricate shapes and letters easier, the machine is expensive, as are the cartridges that you would have to by separately. Daily crafters may find it useful for cutting through materials like vinyl and cardstock, but if you will not be using it on a regular basis, it probably isn't necessary. The good news is that you can make your own vinyl letters without the Cricut Expression.

Things You'll Need

  • Stencils
  • Permanent marker
  • Craft or utility knife
  • Lay a sheet of vinyl on a flat workspace and smooth it out with your hands. If you are adhering the letters to a sign or banner, use thin vinyl sheets, as they will stick better with less glue.

  • Trace letter stencils, or draw your own block letters by hand, backward, with a permanent marker on the sheet of vinyl. If the vinyl you are using has a pattern or color difference from front to back, trace the letters on your least favorite side. Be sure to trace the stencils backward to leave the marker on the back when they are finished.

  • Cut along the marker lines to remove the letters from the sheet of vinyl. Use a craft knife or utility knife, as scissors will stretch the vinyl.

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