How To Customize Drinkware (Tutorial)

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A tutorial by Sheryl H, from Diyxe.

One of my absolute favorite things to do with my Cricut is to customize drinkware, I even have the overflowing cupboards to prove it! There are just so many fun ideas, what’s a girl to do!

Let’s Begin!

Supply List

  • Stainless Steel Tumbler
  • Weeding Tool
  • Scraper Tool
  • Transfer Tape
  • Vinyl

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Step By Step Process

Step 1: Find Your Design

Head over to craftbundles.com and snag their Magical Bundle. CraftBundles offer amazing design bundles at super affordable prices, and covers commercial licensing! This license allows you to use their designs for yourself, all your friends and to sell! For this tutorial, I used the “together is a wonderful place to be” file as it’s the perfect design for summer drinkware!

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Step 2: Load your Image into Design Space.

Once you have chosen a design, download the bundle, unzip the file and import the SVG into Cricut design space. I recommend selecting all pieces that are the same color and clicking the weld or attach button in the bottom right corner. This method uses a little more vinyl, but I find it much easier to get the image lined up and straight when doing this.

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Step 3: Cut out the design

Make sure your Cricut is set to vinyl, load your vinyl and cut! For this tutorial I used Oracle 651 “Pink” and Styletech Glitter “Rosy”

Step 4:  Weed out the unwanted parts.

After your vinyl is cut, use your weeding tool and remove any parts of the vinyl that are not part of the final design.

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Step 5: Transfer Tape

Starting with the pink design, cover it with transfer tape and press down firmly with your scrapper tool.  Flip your design over and carefully peel of the backing of the vinyl, exposing the adhesive side of your vinyl.

Take the piece of transfer tape with the pink design on it and repeat the step over the rosy design. Be careful when lining up the design so that everything is straight when you put it on the tumbler.

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Step 6: Placing your Design

Place your design right side up onto your tumbler and use your scrapper or fingers to rub the vinyl on. Carefully peel the transfer tape off, leaving the vinyl on the tumbler.

After removing the transfer tape, press down on the vinyl to make sure all the vinyl is secured.Let vinyl cure 48 hours before getting wet.

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So there you have it, customized drinkware in a few easy steps!

Don’t forget to head over to Craft Bundles and check out their awesome designs!


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About the author

Chiropractor by day and a DIY-er by night.  I have a passion for building and creating. I believe every handmade item has a story to tell. There is no better feeling than seeing an idea you dreamed up come to life. Through my items and tutorials I hope to share this passion with others. My quirky style will insure your home is full of products as unique as you!

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2 comments on “How To Customize Drinkware (Tutorial)”
  1. Haven’t tried vinyl yet, but am very interested. I follow you all the way up to the transfer tape of both colors. Do you stick both colors together on the larger piece of tape and then stick the whole design onto the tumbler or do you stick the each color onto to the tumbler separately? Also, what do you use for transfer tape?

    • Hi Sherry,
      You can choose to stick it on separately or together, depending on which works better for you.
      Transfer tape used her is the Cricut one, but I’m pretty sure you can hunt for others!
      Cheers,
      Hazel

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