Tutorial: How To Work a Xyron

If you follow me on Twitter, you know I bought a Xyron this weekend!  Specifically, I bought this one:

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This is the Xyron 5” Creative Station, also known as the Xyron 510. 

What is a Xyron?  According to the company’s website, it “creates stickers, labels, magnets and laminate out of almost any item.”  In a word, it’s AWESOME.  I have already made a few wedding projects with it and I know I will use it for a long time to come!

When I was first considering purchasing one, I googled and tweeted and Weddingbee-searched alot [Side Note:  Mrs. Lovebug’s wedding uses a lot of Xyron-created crafts and is a totally fun and amazing wedding!  Go check it out!].  I found a lot of cool craft projects but not a lot of “how-to” on actually working a Xyron.  This is something I would have liked to have known about before I purchased, just to make sure someone DIY-challenged like me would be able to work it.  In the end, I decided to take a risk, buy one, and if it was easy enough, create the very tutorial I was looking for.  Well, guess what, gals?  It is easy-peasy to work and requires no batteries, heat, or electricity.  Here’s how to work it:

When you open the box, your Xyron will look pretty much like the picture above, save for the fact that it will be wrapped in protective plastic.   That’s right, there’s no assembly necessary!  It comes with a permanent adhesive cartridge for making stickers, but you can buy many different kinds of cartridges for making magnets, laminating, etc.   Bonus points because you can swap cartridges in and out without having used them all the way, so you can do multiple different crafts during one crafting session.

My first project was to make stickers to use to close the flaps on small bags of safety pins and toothpicks to go in our Bathroom Baskets.  I started with a sheet of one of our monogram designs, like so:

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Because this is the 5” Creative Station, this means that it can work with items up to 5” in width.  I found this Xyron to be the most affordable, and for me, the most versatile for the type of projects I plan to do.  [Public Service Announcement:  Sign up for coupons from Michael’s!  I used a 50% off coupon on a $49.99 Xyron and got it for only $25.  Not bad at all!]

Next, insert your sheet into the machine:

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Turn the crank:

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And watch it come out the other side!

 Wedding DIY 009 Now, you hold down the clear plastic cut-guide bar-thingy (obviously not a technical term!), place your finger in the cut blade, and slide it across to cut.

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(Once you start sliding it across, you will not need to hold down the plastic cut-guide bar-thingy anymore).

 Wedding DIY 011 Voila!  The front side of your project will have this clear, Saran-wrap-type substance on it, and the back side is a waxy-like paper.

The next step is called Burnishing.  Basically, to make sure the adhesive sticks to your project properly, you need to rub the edges of your design:

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Remove the clear front sheet and tada!  A sheet of stickers:

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Trim and stick as you please!  Here’s my finished project for our Bathroom Baskets:
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Cute, no?  And way easy!  I seriously love this machine and totally recommend getting one.

Another plus of getting the Xyron was that it forced me into cleaning out my craft cart (yes, in lieu of a closet or craft room, I have a cart).  It went from completely and utter disarray to this:

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What cool machines have you used in your DIY-ing?

*All photos and date blurring by me.

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6 responses to “Tutorial: How To Work a Xyron

  1. This makes me want to buy one *really* badly!

  2. neimanmarxist

    what a neat thing! i ordered mine online but i can see how that would be a cool thing to have after the wedding too….

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  5. LorraineB

    I just bought one of these today at Michael’s, 50% off, $25.00. Great deal. Your tutorial was great.

  6. KATHY D.

    Thanks for the tutorial, I bought one and was amazed that there was an idea book but no instruction. After your tutorial I can’t wait to try! Here I go!!

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