Making my own decorative pillow covers are my DIY Patio Ideas on a Budget secret. Using my Cricut Maker®, I can use the iron-on vinyl in any color to create a new look easily and inexpensively.
DIY Patio Ideas on a Budget
We have our deck and an outdoor patio space with our outdoor fireplace. I’m always in need of budget-friendly ideas for decorating our outdoor spaces because I want them to coordinate without being identical and I don’t want to always purchase new items.
This year I’m using my Cricut Maker and Iron-on Vinyl to easily make decorative pillows for both spaces.
DIY Outdoor Patio Ideas with Decorative Pillow Covers
I thought I’d go with a simple minimal Scandinavian design for the pillow covers. I had 1 grey and 2 white pillow covers with coordination iron-on vinyl which would be perfect. These will go with our fireplace outdoor space that will make it even more comfortable for relaxing by the fire.
- Cricut Everyday Iron-on Vinyl
- Cricut Standard Grip Mat
- Cotton Pillow Covers
How to Use Iron-On Vinyl for DIY Patio Ideas
- Open up your Cricut Design Space Software on your computer or phone app. Start a new project.
- Choose your design from the Cricut Design Space. I chose the Swiss Cross for project 1 and a Rainbow for project 2.
- Once you have your design set for your first project, click the Make It for the next prompts. (Repeat steps 1 thru 14 for project 2)
- Choose what machine you’re using from the prompt.
- Prepare your mat. Here’s the tricky part with using the iron-on vinyl. THE SHINY SIDE GOES FACE DOWN. I have learned this step more times than I'd like to admit.
- MIRROR IMAGE – If you’re using text in your design, you MUST CHOOSE THE MIRROR IMAGE, otherwise your wording will be backward. If you're not using text, you can skip this step.
- Keep following the commands and then hit the flashing buttons to load the mat and GO.
- Once your design is cut, I like to turn my mat over and gently peel the vinyl off.
- Keeping the shiny side down, start weeding the vinyl off, leaving your design.
- I cut my crosses into individual pieces since I needed to space them differently than what was on the mat.
- Gather your item you’re going to iron on the design too.
- Check the heat guide if you’re using your EasyPress. This will tell you what temperature, how long to apply, and if it’s a warm or cool peel.
- Once you have your cuts, place them sticky side down, shiny side up on your fabric where you want them to be, apply the EasyPress for the suggested time.
- Slowly peel off the top clear layer to reveal your design securely on the fabric.
And you're finished!
- If you don't have a Cricut Cutting Machine, you can still use Cricut Iron-On Vinyl and hand-cut designs.
- You can use an iron instead of an EasyPress. No steam.
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Budget-Friendly Pillows for DIY Patio Ideas.
These turned out so cute, I may have to use them indoors for a while until the weather gets nicer.
As mentioned, you can use any color pillow cover and iron-on vinyl. You can even layer designs for multiple colors.