Make your own dragonfly garden art with wood and iron on vinyl. Let your Cricut do all the work and you do all the decorating! Today’s tutorial features an outdoor decor Cricut project using fun dragonfly designs I created. You can choose your favorite vinyl colors, resize the design and customize the look. With one cut file, I’ll show you two different garden art dragonflies you can create.
Did you know you can use iron on vinyl with wood? It’s just as simple as using iron on vinyl with fabric (think fun t-shirts). The vinyl will adhere to the wood, creating a wide variety of designs. Just cut and iron!
Make Garden Art with wood and Iron on Vinyl
This dragonfly art is a new design in the Flower Bouquet collection I’ve designed for Cricut Design Space. You can mix and match pieces of the design to make different looks. Change the colors and sizes to create unique looks all your own.
- Cricut machine
- Cricut Access account
- Metallic Iron on vinyl
- EasyPress (or iron)
- Dragonfly SVG cut file (download below)
- Balsawood or Basswood
- Wood Skewer
Note about wood: I used balsawood because that’s what I had on-hand. It’s a fragile wood that is easy to cut with the Cricut but will not withstand strong weather. To help the wood withstand the elements, I recommend sealing your finished pieces. The iron on vinyl will also help the wood hold up as well.
You can use these instructions for any image you choose. I made a dragonfly garden pick, but you could make any kind of art design with these same steps.
- Using your Cricut, cut a shape from balsawood then cut coordinating vinyl designs. Follow on-screen instructions to cut each layer.
- Apply iron on vinyl to the wood, one layer at a time, just as you would with a multi-layered t-shirt design.
- Glue a wood skewer to the back of your art.
- Seal piece as necessary.
Tip: I applied painter’s tape to my sheet of balsawood before cutting with my Cricut machine. My sheet of wood was a little brittle, so the tape helped prevent any splitting or cracking. The Cricut Maker does a great job of cutting the wood with just enough force to make the cut without splitting the wood… however, I wanted to make sure my delicate cuts stayed in one piece until I could add the vinyl.
Idea: You can also paint your garden art before you apply the iron on vinyl if you’d like.
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Easy Garden Art with your Cricut
You can make so many different garden art pieces with just a few supplies. Get out your Cricut machine, some balsawood or basswood and then decorate with vinyl, paint or glitter. Get creative, make all kinds of pretty accessories and add your own style to your garden.