Bathroom Subway Art. Learn how to make your own bathroom subway art using a Cricut machine, vinyl, and a float frame.
My kids have a Jack and Jill style bathroom. The bathroom has been on the bottom of my decorating list since it sits between their two bedrooms and is only used by them.
One day when I was shopping I saw a ton of cute bathroom art at At Home. I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted, but I found an awesome wood glass float frame that perfectly matches the decor of our home.
I knew with a little vinyl and my Cricut I could create exactly what I wanted.
How to Make Bathroom Subway Art with Cricut
- Float Frame
- Cricut Design Space File – Bathroom Subway Art
- Cricut Machine
- Black Premium Vinyl
- 12″ x 24″ StandardGrip Mat
- Transfer Tape
I added a weeding box around the outside of the images to make it easier to weed. You can hide the square if you don’t want to cut around the entire image.
Cricut Design Space File: Bathroom Subway Art Design
Note: The design is sized to fit my 13″ x 15″ frame. If you are using a different size frame click Customize to resize the images. Be sure to Select All > Attach before cutting.
Click Make It. On the mat preview screen, it will say that one of your images is too large for a 12″ x 12″ mat. Click OK. You will need a 12″ x 24″ mat to complete this project on one sheet of vinyl.
Helpful Tip: Don’t have a 12″ x 24″ cutting mat? No problem! Simply Detach the images. Then, select the top half of the images, click Attach. Then select the bottom half of the images and click Attach. This will still allow you to easily place your design on the frame, but it will be in two separate pieces rather than one large image.
Connect your machine and choose it from the drop-down menu. Select the material from the menu. I selected Vinyl, however you will want to choose your specific material from the list if you are using something different so that it cuts correctly.
Cut 15″ of vinyl from the roll and place on the Cricut mat.
Load the mat into the machine. Be sure you are using the fine point blade, and click the flashing GO button on your machine. Once the project is cut out, unload your mat from the machine.
I like to weed my vinyl while it is still attached to the mat. It keeps the base layer from sliding around while I work.
I had a few trouble spots with this design. The legs on the bathtub and the shadowing on the letters BATH were very small at this size.
Rather than messing with the finicky small pieces, I chose to simply remove the vinyl. I was able to keep some of the shadowing on the word BATH so I kept what I was able to weed easily and didn’t worry about the rest.
Helpful Tip: Keep the design pulled up in Cricut Design Space while weeding to easily see what to remove.
Using a weeding tool will make weeding this project easier. It helps grab all the small little pieces. If you chose to use the weeding box, be sure to remove it before applying transfer tape.
Turn your project over and peel the mat away from the backing sheet. This helps to keep your project from curling after it is removed.
Apply Vinyl to Glass
Cut a piece of transfer tape to fit over your entire design. Remove a small piece of the transfer tape backing at the top and apply the tape on top of the design. Use a scraper tool to burnish the vinyl onto the transfer tape.
Take your frame apart and clean the glass.
Peel the backing away from the transfer tape. Go slowly and at an angle for best results.
Then, carefully lay your vinyl on the glass. Again use your scraper tool to attach the vinyl to the glass and carefully and slowly peel away the transfer tape.
Note: If you don’t feel comfortable placing this large of a design on straight, peel away the transfer tape at the top, place it on the glass, and then pull the backing from underneath as you go.
Clean up any fingerprints or smudges. For the floating frame, you will be applying the vinyl to the top side of one piece of glass and then place another glass piece over the vinyl – sandwiching the vinyl between the two layers of glass. Then, you will add the small wood-frame insert to hold the glass in place.
I love how this artwork turned out. You could also easily do a similar design on a single pane glass frame, but I like the look of the vinyl between the two pieces of glass.
I will be adding some more art to the kid’s bathroom soon, but for now, this is a great start! And since it is a general bathroom piece, I can use it in any of the bathrooms if I decide to redecorate down the road.
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