To make a vinyl block, you'll need all your supplies:
- 2x4 wood cut into the length you want (mine is about 4 1/2 inches)
- Paint (I love this Americana Peony Pink)
- Vinyl cut into the design or quote you love
- Glad Press'n Seal
Start by painting your block. For best coverage, I paint between 3-4 coats. Let each coat dry completely before adding a new one. You can also sand the edges of the block to give a more distressed look.
Now, here's the trick! Most vinyl transfer tape/paper can cost around $9.99 for about 6 feet, where you can purchase 70 feet of Glad Press'n Seal for only $2.96 at Walmart! Pretty sure we can all afford 4¢ per foot (saving around $1.62 per foot), right?!
Cut a piece of Glad Press'n Seal to fit your vinyl and grab a vinyl scraper or credit card.
Lay the tacky side of the Glad Press'n Seal down over the vinyl. Gently run the scraper over the Glad Press'n Seal to help it really stick to the vinyl. I also love that the Glad Press'n Seal is clear so that I can see what I'm doing!
Start at one corner and slowly peel up the Glad Press'n Seal. The vinyl sticks to it just like transfer tape. If you have some stubborn vinyl that isn't sticking to the Glad Press'n Seal, just lay the Glad Press'n Seal back down and scrape it a little more until the vinyl sticks.
Lay the Glad Press'n Seal with the vinyl sticky side down on the block. Put in on lightly so you can easily shift it if needed. Here's another time the Glad Press'n Seal being clear is super helpful. You can see exactly where you're placing it, so you are less likely to put it on crooked!!
Once you've got the vinyl in place, use the scraper and press the vinyl down. Scrape all over the vinyl so you get the entire design stuck to the block.
Start at one corner and slowly peel the Glad Press'n Seal. The vinyl should stay stuck to the block and the Glad Press'n Seal comes right off. If you have any vinyl that hasn't stuck to the block, lay the vinyl and Glad Press'n Seal back down and scrape the area until it sticks.
Now your vinyl block is complete! Feel free to reuse the Glad Press'n Seal pieces for other vinyl projects. I've noticed it starts to lose it's tackiness after about 3 uses, but at that price, I can afford to use a fresh piece every time!