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Weeding Vinyl Hacks You Probably Didn’t Know

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Hey everyone! Today on the blog we are teaching you some great Weeding Vinyl Hacks You Probably Didn’t Know. These hacks have made me a better vinyl weeder and I hope that they do the same for you.

If you love making die cutting projects, you know how much time you spend weeding! It can become that time-consuming part of your craft project that you begin to dread. Have no fear! These tips are sure to make the process so much easier for you. Let’s get started!

Weeding Vinyl Hacks You Probably Didn’t Know

First, it’s very important to have good tools. If you have good tools, you will have a successful project. We love to get our Cricut tools from our local craft store or you can buy them on the Cricut website. Our favorite tool ever is this weeder tool. It is our go-to and really makes a difference in weeding easily.

The next tip I have for you is the next time you unload your mat, before you start weeding, take your Cricut scraper tool and scrape right across where you cut.

The importance of this is that it keeps all your letters, numbers, quotes and so on securely on the mat. This way, when you peel up your negative vinyl, your design won’t want to pull it up with it. It’s a great little tip and makes weeding so much easier.

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Another tip is to weed on your mat. I promise you will love it if you’re on the fence about it or if you’ve never tried it before. This is a crafting game-changer!

In this method, your vinyl is really well adhered on your mat and all you have to do is weed it out. It’s like having a third hand to help you with your crafting!

Our next tip is to be sure to use a good transfer paper. Always have a good brand on hand. Don’t use any off-brand transfer papers and make sure that you’re using a good one that’s supposed to be used with the particular type of die cutting vinyl you’re working with.

Some models do require a little stronger of a grip transfer paper but with most crafting projects you’ll be fine with the regular kind. We love Cricut brand transfer paper (we always use it!) and you can even reuse it for a few projects. That makes it a really really good bargain!

If you don’t use a good brand of transfer paper, it will be a lot harder getting it to stick to your material and then on the surfaces you’re trying to apply it on. This can turn a fun crafting project into a frustrating one.

The last tip I have for you is to try reverse weeding for very intricate cut files or fonts. Reverse weeding is when you apply transfer paper before you weed your project.

You then remove the backing of the transfer paper and you are basically weeding in reverse to the way you usually do it. It’s great to use on any project, but for intricate designs and letters, it’s actually the best way to weed.

If you want to see how exactly step-by-step to reverse weed check this video out.

I hope you learned something new today! I know that these vinyl weeding hacks have really changed my crafting game. I don’t dread weeding anymore – instead, it’s quick and easy and actually even kind of fun! Let us know your favorite in the comments below.