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How To Cut Vinyl with Cricut


  • Cricut Explore Machine or Cricut Maker Machine
  • Standard Grip Cutting Mat (Green Mat)
  • Oracal 651 Vinyl (in red)
  • Contact Brand Contact Paper
  • Cricut Weeding Tool
  • Smoothing Tool
  • Scissors
  • Canister/Mug/Other Item


  • Gather Supplies. 
  • Log into Cricut Design Space and open a New project.
  • Use the Tool Bar on the left side to add a Heart shape to your project.
  • Change the color to red and size to fit the item you are making the decal for.
  • Mine was sized 3.25 to fit my Yeti mug.
  • Select the Type option on the Tool Bar on the left and type LOVE (or your preferred text).
  • Save the project and check the box that says public so you can get the unique URL to be able to share with others.
  • Click the make it button to cut the project.
  • Make sure you have your Cricut Machine connected and have the dial set to cut VINYL. PRO TIP: I use a deep cut blade in my machine for everything.
  • Load the Oracal 651 in red (shiny side face up) on the Cricut standard grip mat into your machine.
  • Press the C button to start the cutting magic! Once cut, remove the vinyl from the mat and cut the image into a piece.
  • Weed the image using a Cricut weeding tool. You want to gently pull the negative material (LOVE) out using the tool.
  • Once the image is weeded, cut a piece of contact paper the same size as the image and peel back the sticky side and place directly on the weeded image. Use the smoothing tool to smooth out the contact paper onto the vinyl image.
  • Now you can either trim the edges and use your vinyl decal to sell or give as a gift for someone to use or use for your own items! I used mine on my white Yeti mug
  • Peel back the contact paper so the viny is attached to the clear contact paper. Press the decal firmly on the item, use a smoothing tool if needed.
  • Peel back the contact paper, leaving the decal stuck to the item. Hand wash (only) mugs, plates, canister, etc to ensure the life of your decal.