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Vinyl Decals on Tote Bags

Looking for a way to dress up that plain old tote?  Why not go for a decal! 

With a little imagination, you can transform a boring old tote bag into a truly unique masterpiece.  Whether you choose to do it yourself with an iron-on, or you go another route and order a custom made tote, consider the basic bag no more!

Iron-On Decals

Iron-on decals or transfers are a quick and easy way to spruce up an otherwise dull tote bag.  Your local craft store has a large selection of iron-ons. Offering a wide variety of pre-made images that are relatively inexpensive, iron-on transfers are a wonderful way to personalize your ordinary tote.  Iron-on decals also have quite a few advantages, which is why they might be the right choice for you. They can be applied rather effortlessly to most types of fabrics.  They are also almost always washer and dryer safe, and tend to last quite a while as long as they are properly applied and continuously taken care of.

Heat Press Decals

Another way to go would be to purchase a tote that can be made to order just for you.  Whether you find a bag with a specific design you like or you want to bring your own idea to life, ordering a custom tote is another option available that can turn a simple tote into an amazing tote.  Generally, store bought or custom ordered tote bags are made with a specific type of vinyl that is used with a heat press.  Heat press vinyl or cad-cut material also has its advantages.  Heat press vinyl is extremely durable and will typically last the life of the fabric that its applied to.   It is also available in a broad range of colors, patterns, and textures, making personalization a snap.  In addition, a heat press vinyl image is custom cut, leaving no background like an iron-on does.

With these awesome decal options, you can add your personality to any ordinary tote!  How would you customize your tote bag? 

Looking for some inspiration?  Find a few of our totes here.

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Do-It-Yourself Wedding Décor and Crafts

Use vinyl decals to create personalized items for all your wedding events. 

The cost of weddings and pre-big-day celebrations are on the rise and many couples are now taking on the challenge of doing it themselves at a discounted price.  Smart!  Getting married includes a number of prenuptial events and that can get rather pricey!  Starting off with the engagement party, then moving on to the wedding shower, and then to the bachelor/bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinner, and finally, the wedding, it’s no wonder people have been looking into more frugal ways to host these celebratory events! Vinyl decals are a wonderful way to put together a beautiful gathering on a budget while still giving you the freedom to create personalized items that are unique to you as couple. 

There are so many ideas for using vinyl decals in your wedding celebrations.  Here’s a list of a few ideas to inspire your next wedding themed do-it-yourself creation:

  • Craft a picture frame with decals showing your love story timeline.  Include your special dates such as the day you met, the day he proposed, and your upcoming wedding day.
  • Adorn an old window or a ceramic plate with your married name.
  • Build a direction post to show guests the way to the food, the bar, or the dance floor.
  • Add a custom decal to the bottom of your wedding shoes that says, “I do” or “Mrs.”.  Don’t forget about the groom’s shoes!
  • Vinyl heat transfers are great for personalized apparel and accessories.  The groom and his men might like neck tie or tuxedo tee for the bachelor’s night out.  Or design matching fashionable tops for the ladies to wear at the bachelorette party.
  • Decorate wedding gifts such as a flask, reusable water bottle, or tote with vinyl decal monograms.
  • Put a large name decal or decorative hearts on the dance floor to personalize your wedding space.
  • Make a license plate for your car.

Be creative when doing it yourself, and don’t be afraid to try something new and different!

Have you made any these?  Do you have an awesome idea you’d like to share? 

Post below in the comments!  We’d love to see some of your big-day party creations made with decals!

wooden car template
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Wooden Car Template FREE PDF

wooden car template



For these kids, wooden, toy cars I used a combination of Maple and Mahogany, laminated together.
The blank I made measured roughly 5.25″ x 8.25″ and over 2″ thick.
I used Adobe Illustrator to come up with a template. As you can see I wasn’t satisfied with the first design so I switched it completely. It sorta has the Chevy Bel Air feel with the wings. Or the Batmobile.
I used the bandsaw to cut them out after I glued the template on. I used a 3/8″ round over on all the edges. Since these will be for children I didn’t want anything sharp.
I drilled the holes for the wheels and pegs that I purchased online. Much nicer than what I would have come up with. I drilled a 3/4″ hole for a window/finger grab.
There was a lot of sanding involved. A lot of sanding. But after they were sanded down with 220 grit I used some beeswax on everything for protection and all natural.