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Applying Heat Transfer Vinyl on a Cork Board

Applying Heat Transfer Vinyl on a Cork Board

With the school starting, one of the best way to motivate yourself to study and work harder is to have beautiful things around you. Like customized school supplies or some DIY room decorations that may help you focus and study more. In this article, we will be turning a basic-looking cork board into something more cute and adorable looking!


We’ll customized a cork board with the help of a heat transfer vinyl. Yes, we can use heat transfer vinyl when working with a cork material. Cork can resist a build-up of heat which makes it a possible substrate for a heat transfer vinyl project.


Here are some things we would like to discuss before starting with the process;


When pressing the heat transfer vinyl onto the cork board, you can use heat press, mini irons, and a household iron. Most of the time, using a household iron is the best tool to use when crafting with cork boards. This is because using a household iron could give us better control over the areas we are going to press. But, using a heat press is totally fine as well! Just make sure that every areas of the design are getting enough heat, you can do this by turning the cork board around.


Set the temperature to 315 degrees and press the heat transfer vinyl for about 15-30 seconds. When using a household iron, use the “cotton setting”. And also put a firm pressure when pressing the vinyl.


We would also recommend to have something that will protect the cork board in case the heat is too much for the substrate. We can use a teflon sheet and put it on top of the cork board and design before pressing. If you don’t have teflon sheet, a parchment paper or baking paper can be used as an alternativefor a teflon sheet.


Now that those are clear, let’s get started!


Step 1: Prepare the design


After choosing the design we want to put onto our cork board, take the measurements of your cork board and then size the design into you desired size. When satisfied with the sizing of the design, we can now proceed to the next step.


Step 2: Place the Heat Transfer Vinyl into the Cutting Mat


When placing the heat transfer vinyl into the cutting mat, make sure that the shiny-side is facing down. A heat transfer vinyl has a carrier sheet that we don’t want to cut into, and that’s why we are placing it shiny-side facing down.


Use an application tool and burnish the heat transfer vinyl down into the cutting mat to make sure that it’s stuck and will not move around when we load it into the cutting machine.


Step 3: Mirror the Design


Before sending the design to cut, make sure to mirror the design. Since we are placing the heat transfer vinyl into the cutting mat shiny-side facing down, mirroring the design will make sure that the design is cut correctly.


Now, we can finally send the design to cut. When the decal is finished cutting, before pressing the unload button check a small corner of the design and see if it cut properly. If not, press the start button again and the cutting machine will cut the material once again.


Step 4: Weed the Design


Once we’re done cutting, it’s now time to weed! Weeding is when we remove the parts that is not included on our design, like the negative spaces or areas around our design. Using a sharp and strong weeding tool will make your weeding experience a lot easier!


Step 5: Prepare the substrate


We can pre-heat the area of the cork board where we’ll put the design. Pre-heating will help us with the application of the heat transfer vinyl later.


Step 6: Apply the Decal into the Substrate


We’ll place the design on where we want it to be. We’ll take our time on this step to make sure that the design is aligned and placed like how we want it to be. Once we are sure of the placement of the decal, grab a teflon sheet and cover the design and substrate.


If the design is larger than the heat press or iron could cover, press the design into sections. Press the first section for about 10-15 seconds and then proceed into the next section and do the exact same procedure. Do this until all of the areas on your design is pressed.


(Do NOT slide the iron like when you are ironing clothes. Sliding the iron might cause the decal to shift or move and ruin the alignment of your design.)


To make sure that design has adhered on the substrate, check a small corner of the design and peel off the carrier sheet. If the heat transfer vinyl comes up with the carrier sheet, this would mean that it needs more heat. Press it again in sections for another 10-15 seconds. And then check the small corner again.


Step 7: Remove the Carrier Sheet


Before removing the carrier sheet, we would recommend to let it sit first and cool down. This is to make sure that the adhesive of the heat transfer vinyl is completely set into the substrate. Burnishing it with an application tool can also help to make sure that it is completely stuck on the cork board.

Once it’s completely cooled down, we can now carefully remove the carrier sheet of the design.


And we’re all done! We now have an absolutely adorable cork board that we can use to decorate our room and help us to be in a good mood to study. This article would also be helpful if you’re trying to customize a cork coaster.


We hope that you’d find these article helpful! If you do ever try this project, we’d love to see them. You can us a picture of your attempt on this craft thru our private message on our social media accounts. Or if you have a question, you can also send us your message and we’ll try our best to answer all of them!


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