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Make Dragonfly Garden Art with wood and Iron on Vinyl

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.

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.

Make dragonfly garden art with wood and iron on vinyl - Cricut project design by Jen Goode
Make dragonfly garden art with wood and iron on vinyl – Cricut project design by Jen Goode

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.

Materials

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.

Finished dragonfly garden art - Cricut project designed by Jen Goode
Finished dragonfly garden art – Cricut project designed by Jen Goode

Instructions

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.

  1. Using your Cricut, cut a shape from balsawood then cut coordinating vinyl designs. Follow on-screen instructions to cut each layer.
  2. Apply iron on vinyl to the wood, one layer at a time, just as you would with a multi-layered t-shirt design.
  3. Glue a wood skewer to the back of your art.
  4. Seal piece as necessary.

Enjoy!

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: Paint your garden art before you apply the iron on vinyl if you'd like.

Cut wood with your Cricut
Cut wood with your Cricut
Apply iron on vinyl to wood in layers
Apply iron on vinyl to wood in layers
Final vinyl layer applied to the dragonfly art
Final vinyl layer applied to the dragonfly art
Add diy decor to your garden with wood and vinyl cut with your Cricut
Add diy decor to your garden with wood and vinyl cut with your Cricut

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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.

DIY Dragonfly garden art with your Cricut - project design by Jen Goode
DIY Dragonfly garden art with your Cricut – project design by Jen Goode

Jen is Passionate about Creativity. She is the owner and "doodle in charge" of JGoode Designs, a Denver based design studio. She is an illustrator, mixed media artist and creative lifestyle blogger. Jen has been a creative professional since 1998 but says she's been an artist since she was old enough to eat glue.

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