Create a Layered Decal for your Kid's Bedroom Door
Just as we parents need some time to ourselves now and then, our kids do too. But sometimes, finding an area in the house with less traffic can be a challenge all on its own! The one place that I think we can all escape to is our own bedroom, and this door decal can help with creating a personal space for your child – and add a little flair!
- Removable Vinyl (I used Oracal 631)
- Digital Designs: Cat Silhouette, Font: Curlz MT (Design Space)
- Measuring tape
- Blow dryer and tennis ball (optional)
- Weeding tools
- Transfer tape
- Light grip cutting mat (12” x 12” or 12” x 24”)
- Cricut cutting machine (or another cutting machine)
Creating Your Personalized Decal – Cricut Design Space
Before jumping right in, first prepare your workspace. I am all about time-saving, so gathering all of your tools, vinyl, and transfer tape will save you the hassle that comes with disorganization!
Using your measuring tape, measure the dimensions that you would like the decal to be on the door. Be sure to take both the height and width of the desired size, you wouldn’t want to cut your vinyl too large or too small. On that note, if you want a larger-sized decal you may need to have a 12” x 24” sized mat instead of the standard 12” x 12”.
Once you have everything prepared and ready to go, the next thing you need to do is to grab your Cat Silhouette SVG from Creative Fabrica. Of course, if your child is not interested in cats, feel free to search for a more fitting animal theme. My daughter has always been cat-obsessed so this is perfect for her bedroom door.
Open up Design Space and create a new project. Upload your animal design and then insert it into your canvas. You can just move it over to the side for now so that you can first work on your monogram design.
With your cat image now off to the side of the canvas, let’s begin working on the monogram. First, choose the font that you want for this decal. I went with Curlz MT which is available via the Design Space font library. I love the child-like vibe that this font offers, but it is also fabulous to cut – making this process so much easier!
Insert the text box and type in only the first letter of your child’s name. My daughter’s name is Emily so I inserted only her initial, “E”. The size doesn’t matter just yet so just make it whatever size that you find comfortable working with while you are designing. At this point, you will want to start thinking about your colors. For the monogram, try to pick at least two colors that complement each other, but still offer a nice contrast. I find it looks best with a lighter / brighter color on the initial, and a darker / bolder color for the full name that will lay over top of it. I chose a sky blue for the initial and purple for the full name – my daughter loves blue and the color combination really pops; so it’s a win-win for us both!
Next, insert another text box for the full name and choose your contrasting color. You can absolutely change the font for your child’s name; I have seen some very pretty monogram decals using a script font over top of a standard initial. I, however, decided to stick with the same font as I really love the look of this one.
The sizing of the name is a personal choice. Play around with it and find the size that you like best. You can also play around with placement – you are not limited to centering it across the initial! Get creative and make this your own! If you are like me though and prefer it to be centered, simply resize it to your taste and then select both text fields, then Align > Center.
- Remember: For the Cricut machines, you cannot cut anything larger than 11.5” x 23.5”.
Adding the Cat
Now you can grab the cat SVG that you put off to the side earlier (or whatever animal you chose) and make it a little bigger. Choose which letter the cat can sit on – preferably one that has a ledge so that it appears like the cat is sitting directly on top of it; this will depend on your child’s name. The size of the cat is again, based on preference, but I know my daughter would want the cat as large as possible so mine is quite big in comparison to the letters. You can choose another color for the cat – I just left my cat black in Design Space because I used a galaxy pattern vinyl that I had leftover from decorating her wall mural.
Once you are happy with how it looks, select all and group. Now size it to the measurements that you took earlier to fit the door.
That’s all there is to it! You just designed the monogram for your kid’s room. Next, you will want to apply your layering techniques before you send it to the machine for cutting. When you are ready, click that “Make It” button! Weed as per usual and apply the transfer tape – but instead of layering all of your designs onto one tape, apply the tape on each layer separately.
Applying the Decal
When you have weeded all of your vinyl pieces and they are ready to be applied, give the door a quick wipe down. Any dirt on the door can really interfere with the vinyl sticking well. After about 15 minutes of allowing the freshly cleaned door to completely dry, you are ready to apply your decal.
Place the initial on the door first and burnish, then carefully remove the transfer tape. If the decal isn’t coming off of the tape, just replace it and burnish again. When it has been successfully applied, grab your hairdryer (a heat gun may be too hot) and your tennis ball. In a back and forth motion, blow the heat on the lowest setting over small sections of the initial, pausing now and then to burnish using the tennis ball. The ball really helps to get those removable decals to stick against the textures of the door.
Repeat the process for each layer until everything is on and adhering well.
That’s all there is to it! Now you can sit back and enjoy your crafty work while your child enjoys their new personalized door!
Keep on Crafting!