Clear vinyl is an underrated craft essential. For some reason people prefer to pay more for colored vinyl for cutting machines or thick stencil sheets for stencils. I use clear vinyl, like the kind that goes over tablecloths, for many craft projects. It’s cheap, you can purchase it by the yard, and you can do a lot with it.
Here are some ideas to get you started.
Clear Vinyl as Painting Canvas
With clear vinyl you can paint a beautiful picture without any artistic skills. Print an image you’d like to “paint” or use a picture from a book or magazine. Place the image underneath the clear vinyl. You will see the image beneath the vinyl. Now, paint the image using acrylic or oil-based paints and a paintbrush. The paint will dry quick so you can jump between colors without waiting too long. I love using paint markers. Frame your picture when it’s done and hang it.
Clear Vinyl “3D” Image Craft
This is a fun way to create a faux 3D image with little effort. Print a stencil image. You can find plenty of free ones online from places such as spraypainstencils.com or by searching Deviantart.
Place the stencil under the clear vinyl. Trace the stencil image on the vinyl using a Sharpie, paint marker, or puffy paint. You won’t color the whole piece of vinyl like you would with a painting. Instead, frame the colored vinyl with a piece of colorful paper or cardstock underneath it. That way, the paper shows through the uncolored vinyl, but the colored part stands out like a 3D image.
Clear Vinyl Jewelry
Use clear vinyl to make beautiful and unique pendants for necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Use simple shape stencils to cut out the vinyl. Make your pendants circles, ovals, stars, hearts, and butterflies. Color the shapes using any transparent marker, such as the Sharpie Stained markers. That way you can still see through the vinyl just a little bit. Spray the image with spray starch so that it hardens. Finally, poke a hole through the vinyl so you can use it as a pendant.