Scrapbuster Project: Heat Transfer Vinyl Lanyards

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So my kids needed some way to keep up with their YMCA membership cards – and I needed to get them out of my wallet. Heat transfer vinyl, my Silhouette Cameo, and some cheap lanyards to the rescue! As I was making the lanyards, I got to thinking that this would be a fabulous way to use up heat transfer vinyl scraps (which we all have plenty)!

Heat Transfer Vinyl Lanyard Tutorial

  1. Create your design. Here’s what my Silhouette Studio file looked like: Silhouette Cameo & Cricut Explore or Maker Scrapbuster Project: Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV) Lanyards - by cuttingforbusiness.com
  2. Cut and weed the heat transfer vinyl. Silhouette Cameo & Cricut Explore or Maker Scrapbuster Project: Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV) Lanyards - by cuttingforbusiness.com
  3. Cut your design into strips. I used my Cutterpillar, but your favorite scissors will work. Silhouette Cameo & Cricut Explore or Maker Scrapbuster Project: Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV) Lanyards - by cuttingforbusiness.com
  4. Prepress your lanyards and line up your vinyl. If you are using small scraps and having a hard time keeping them in place, buy some heat resistant tapeSilhouette Cameo & Cricut Explore or Maker Scrapbuster Project: Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV) Lanyards - by cuttingforbusiness.com
  5. Finally, press your vinyl onto the lanyard. I used my Cricut EasyPress™ because it is convenient for small projects and works well. You can read my thoughts on it in this postSilhouette Cameo & Cricut Explore or Maker Scrapbuster Project: Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV) Lanyards - by cuttingforbusiness.com
  6. That’s it! Quick and easy project. Silhouette Cameo & Cricut Explore or Maker Scrapbuster Project: Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV) Lanyards - by cuttingforbusiness.com

Heat Transfer Vinyl Lanyards as Money Makers

Now, what if you are looking to turn lanyards into a money maker? You can! I think that generic phrases on lanyards like “I Love Nursing”, “I Teach”, or “School is Cool” would be great impulse items at your next craft show and should sell for a few dollars each. When thinking of phrases to use on your lanyards – think of who might wear them. Many doctors, nurses, teachers, and students wear lanyards every day.

Where to Buy Lanyards

Blank lanyards should cost no more than $0.50 each. Pick some up at your favorite wholesaler or grab a pack to test the market on Amazon. If you sew, there are several DIY lanyard tutorials on Pinterest.

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10 thoughts on “Scrapbuster Project: Heat Transfer Vinyl Lanyards”

  1. I thought the custom/personalized lanyards would be good additions to my Etsy shop. However, after doing some research on Etsy, I see that there are over 90,000 listings for lanyards in there. Just a bit too much competition for me. lol

    But thanks for the awesome tutorial. I’ll probably make these for my wife, daughter, and other family members as gifts.

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