Vinyl is one of the most versatile items that can be cut with a Cricut! And it’s super easy all you need to do is cut, weed, and… wait a second? Weed? I hate yardwork! What does that have to do with anything? While it may sound like an unpleasant chore, weeding vinyl is actually fun! So…
What is weeding?
In the Cricut world, weeding means to take away all unnecessary material. The machine does a great job at cutting pieces, but it has no idea what pieces are part of your project and what pieces are garbage. That’s where you come in.
Typically, weeding is done before applying the vinyl to transfer tape. Sometimes it is simple and all you need to do is remove the background and a couple of letter holes as seen here:
Other times, it is far more complicated:
How do I weed?
First, locate what vinyl is not necessary. You want to remove all pieces that you don’t want placed on the finished product. To remove these unwanted pieces, stick a sharp object into the center of the piece and pull up or use a pair of tweezers to pinch the vinyl out. Throw away the unwanted piece.
What tools do I need?
There are several different ways to weed vinyl and several different tools that can be used. Hobby Captain Tools makes a great variety set of vinyl tools that is perfect for any vinyl crafter! This set includes two types of tweezers, a vinyl cutter (for trimming your uncut piece to the correct size, a scraper (for applying the vinyl), and a weeding pen. Unlike a normal pen, a weeding pen contains no ink. Instead, it has a sharp point used to pick up small pieces.
- Always weed in a well-lit room.
- Black and white vinyl are the hardest to weed! I don’t recommend them for beginners.
- Find what tool works best for you – it might change depending on the project!
- Have a garbage can nearby – I recommend sticking weeded pieces onto a piece of paper first so it doesn’t stick to the inside of your bin (I definitely have some permanent vinyl at the bottom of mine!)
- For super quick weeding, place adhesive vinyl scraps on your hand and throw the pile away periodically.
- When removing a large piece of vinyl, start at the corner and pull slowly.
- For very intricate projects – reverse weed! While vinyl is usually weeded before being transferred onto transfer tape, sometimes you need a little extra help keeping pieces in place. If necessary, you can transfer the entire project onto transfer tape first and then weed from behind. Just be carefully not to get any dirt onto the adhesive back!
Have any more questions about weeding? Let me know in the comments!
All of the designs used in today’s projects were from LoveSVGs “The Magnificent May Bundle”. Click here to purchase it for yourself, I received the SVG bundle and weeding tool set for free for the purpose of promotion all opinions are my own.