If you like crafting and haven’t been to a Dollar Tree store lately, you should stop in. The store caught on to the fact that crafters were shopping there for low-cost craft supplies, and they have really upped their game. You can find cheap canvases, craft paint, glue, rhinestones, and raw wood blanks in the craft aisle. During my last visit, I found another new and exciting craft supply: vinyl! I bought three kinds of their in-house vinyl to answer the question: “Does Dollar Tree vinyl work?”
DOES DOLLAR TREE VINYL WORK?
DOLLAR STORE ADHESIVE VINYL
I have three local Dollar Tree stores, and each one of them had a different selection of their Crafter’s Square vinyl. I saw a range of solid color vinyl as well as 4 colors of metallic, glitter vinyl. On the Dollar Tree website, they also offer patterned vinyl, but I have not seen that in-store yet. I picked up black standard vinyl, black glitter vinyl, and silver glitter vinyl, and put them all to the test.
The Crafter’s Square vinyl comes in packages that contain a single 12″ x 48″ roll of vinyl for just $1. That is almost a 90% savings off of permanent vinyl at the craft store. The glitter vinyl saves you even more money. This is what the Dollar Tree website says about the Crafter’s Square vinyl:
Whether you use a vinyl cutting machine or cut them by hand, these rolls of Crafter’s Square® Permanent Vinyl Paper are perfect for making decals and stickers! Each 12×48-in. roll comes assorted among green, black, yellow, and white. Ideal for creating laptop, car, or water bottle decals and adding to walls in your bedroom, bathroom, playroom, or classroom!
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- Crafter’s Square black vinyl paper
- Crafter’s Square black glitter vinyl paper
- Crafter’s Square silver glitter vinyl paper
- Cricut Explore 3
- StandardGrip cutting mat
- Cricut Transfer Tape
- Weeding tools
- Wood signs
- Craft paint
- Cricut Access subscription
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CUTTING DOLLAR TREE VINYL
I tested all three varieties of dollar store vinyl using my Explore 3 and a StandardGrip mat (the green one). I selected Glitter Vinyl from the materials list when cutting the silver and black glitter vinyl, and I selected Permanent Vinyl from the list for the standard black vinyl.
I had no trouble cutting either the standard black vinyl or the silver glitter vinyl. They cut well and were removed easily from the cutting mat. The black glitter was another story. The black glitter vinyl did not cut well (as you will see later) and the backing paper stuck to my mat in spots causing it to rip.
WEEDING VINYL FROM THE DOLLAR STORE
I really wanted to test out the standard vinyl, so I chose a moderately intricate design using my Access account. The vinyl cut very well, and it weeded like a dream! I was very surprised at how easily I was able to remove the excess vinyl around my design.
I chose a much simpler design for the silver glitter vinyl, but the design still cut quite well and weeded fairly easily. As with all glitter vinyl, it was a little difficult to see the cuts in the vinyl, but once I got a corner peeled up the rest of the excess vinyl came up with no problems.
The black glitter vinyl was a dud. There was a difference in the texture of this vinyl when compared to the silver. This vinyl felt much more like paper than vinyl. While it did not get hung up in the machine at all, it did not cut particularly well either. I tried both the intricate Halloween design and the simple jack-o-lantern design, and I was not able to weed either one. Whenever I tried to pull up the excess vinyl, it ripped, usually ripping the cut design as well. I tried several times but eventually gave up on this vinyl.
APPLYING DOLLAR TREE VINYL
After I weeded the standard black and the silver glitter vinyl designs, I applied Cricut Transfer Tape to each of them. The silver glitter vinyl needed quite a bit of coaxing to adhere to the transfer tape. I think the texture of the glitter made it not want to stick very well. The standard black vinyl grabbed onto the transfer tape very well.
I applied the black dollar store vinyl to a dollar store wood sign that I painted with craft paint. Since the vinyl stuck to the transfer tape so well, I had a few problems peeling the tape away and leaving the vinyl adhered to the sign. I have had similar issues transferring other brands of vinyl though, so I wouldn’t say that this is a deal breaker.
The silver glitter transferred onto this sign beautifully. I was worried that the texture of the Glitterific paint would prevent the glitter vinyl from sticking well, but I had no problems at all. The vinyl seems to have adhered well to the surface of the painted sign. I even checked around the edges with my fingernail, and it is staying put!
SO, IS DOLLAR STORE VINYL WORTH BUYING?
I was pretty impressed with the standard black and silver glitter vinyl. They both cut well, weeded easily, and applied evenly. You get a good amount of vinyl for WAY less than you would pay for other brands at the craft store. On the other hand, I would not repurchase the black glitter vinyl. I think it is fine if you plan to cut it with scissors, but it did not work well with my Cricut machine.
After some more testing and listening to your comments, it seems that the quality of this vinyl varies widely from roll to roll. Some of you have had really good success and others have had to throw entire rolls away. I don’t think this is a great product for last-minute DIYs or projects where the outcome is really important to you. The dollar store vinyl is good for trying out new SVGs, for little decorations around the house, or for kids to play with. If you need to ensure that the project will turn out well, stick with vinyl from the craft store. It will cost you more money, but it will likely save you time and frustration.