Sometimes you have wall space that needs just a little something extra. That’s where this project comes in—a little design to help balance out an oblong frame above a dresser. Since the dresser is an antique and the frame contains pressed mountain flowers, I thought I’d get all ooh la la and go French with “Mes Fleurs”, which, of course, is “my flowers” in French.
I chose a classy oldish French-ish-European-ish font and paired it with a flourish, both of which have been thickened to cut beautifully from temporary adhesive vinyl. If you have a place for something like this, I have free cut files (Silhouette & SVG) below that you can download to make your own.
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What you need…
- Oracal 631 temporary adhesive vinyl
- Blue 3m squeegee – I buy them in a pack of 5 and include one with each gift to make application easier.
- Transfer tape
- 12″ x 24″ Silhouette mat – if your design is longer than 12″
- Weeding tool
- Silhouette cutting machine (or another brand if you use the SVG file) – My Silhouette Cameo is powered by Silhouette Studio Designer Edition versions 3.3.638 (V3) and 4.0.837(V4). This tutorial contains instructions for V3 & V4..
- Free cut file ↓ ↓ ↓
Do not use permanent vinyl (Oracal 651 or equivalent) for this project. It’ll apply just fine and look great, but removal will be a pain in the you-know-what. You’ll likely end up with peeled paint, and possibly damaged drywall or plaster. When it comes to walls, temporary vinyl (sometimes called removable or repositionable) is the way to go. Oracal (631), General Formulations (Ritrama), Avery, 3M, and MacTac brands are all good.
Cutting the design…
My design was about 17″ long so I cut it on a 12″ x 24″ mat. If you don’t have one, you can reduce the design size to fit on a 12″ mat (fitting it on the diagonal will allow you to cut a little bit larger than 12″), or you can cut without a mat. For detailed instructions on how to cut without a mat, see my How to Cut Without a Mat tutorial.
When working with the longer mat, you need to tell the software that that’s what you’re doing. To do that…
In Silhouette Studio V3: Click on the ‘Open the Design Settings Window’ icon (A); under Page Size change the Height to 24.000 (B); under Cutting Mat, change the Cutting Mat to “Cameo 12 x 24 in”(C).
Applying the design…
Apply transfer tape to the design and burnish well with the squeegee. Now it’s all ready to apply.
You can find application instructions in this tutorial on applying a large decal using the center hinge method (scroll down to the “Applying to the Wall” section) or in this pdf on how to apply a wall decal, which I always include with a squeegee if the decal is a gift.