Adhesive Vinyl is an easy and flexible way to decorate your daily necessities, which can be typically used to create wall and window decals and business signage. It's durable and can also be waterproof which makes it very versatile.
How to make vinyl decals for cups
STEP 1: CUT OUT THE VINYL
Upload SVG cut file to your design software, such as Cricut Design Space.
Important: Check the size of your tumbler or other surface (be sure to leave room around the edges) and resize the vinyl decal to fit. You do NOT need to mirror self-adhesive vinyl.
STEP 2: WEED THE VINYL.
Once you cut out your vinyl, you want to weed it which means to remove all the extra bits that you don’t want to transfer to your mug. You might be able to do this easily with a weeding tool.
STEP 3: PUT THE ADHESIVE VINYL ON TRANSFER TAPE.
After the vinyl is weeded, you need a piece of transfer tape to transfer your design to tumbler or other surface. So you just want to cut out a piece of transfer tape that is roughly the same size, or at least the same size as your design. Take the backing off of the transfer tape and you put it onto the front of your vinyl decal. Start at the corner and move outwards so that you don’t get creases and bubbles in your transfer tape.
STEP 4: APPLY AND BURNISH THE VINYL DECAL ONTO YOUR CUPS.
Apply the vinyl decal to the mug, smoothing from the inside to the outside to avoid wrinkles and bubbles. Burnish it down well with your scraper or your fingernail. Once the decal is in position, take off all the transfer tape. Your goal is to see perfectly smooth and clear vinyl on your cups with no creases.
Tips for Applying Adhesive vinyl
To help you make perfect craft projects every time, here are some tips.
- No matter what surface you are using, always make sure to clean it properly and let it dry.
- Just before applying the vinyl, wipe a little with a dry cloth. This will help remove all the dust and make the dust clean.
- Test first. If you are using a new material, please make a small test piece first. You don't need to print the entire vinyl. Just test a small part.