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Applying vinyl to a tumbler is a super easy and fun way to personalize your cup. Find out how easy it is to apply straight and make sure to watch the video tutorial!
Yetis and Ozark Tumblers are all the rage these days! There are so many options out there, that sometimes it’s hard to know what to choose!
I personally like the Ozark Tumblers or Built from Amazon or Walmart. They are a third of the price and work just as well. They keep ice and water cold for up to 30 hours.
They are amazing, it is the only cup I use anymore, for hot and cold drinks! I have about five different decorated stainless steel cups since I never leave home without one.
So along with being amazing tumblers, they are very fun to decorate. You can do almost anything and jazz them up to suit your personality.
So today I thought I’d share how to go about applying vinyl to a tumbler. I even have a video tutorial and printable directions at the bottom of the post if that’s more helpful.
Applying Vinyl to a Tumbler Tutorial
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The first thing you need is a vinyl decal. I cut mine out with my favorite tool, my Cricut Explore Air™. Weed the vinyl and apply transfer paper over it. (For more detailed information on this part see my post here.)
Next, clean the mug with rubbing alcohol. I just use a cotton pad and wipe it around the whole thing to get all oils off so vinyl can seal better.
Getting Vinyl Straight on a Tumbler
Then with the paper backing still on position the decal on the tumbler where you want it.
I find it easiest to use the Hinge method. Place a strip of blue painter’s tape down the center to secure it in place.
Peel off one half of the transfer paper and cut off the backing while holding the sticky transfer paper.
Pull the transfer paper so it’s straight and lay it gently down on the mug. Rub on the decal so it adheres. Then remove the blue tape.
Now that it is secure in its position, peel off the other side of the paper backing. Pull a little bit so it’s taught, and gently lay it down while smoothing it out with your fingers.
After rubbing down the vinyl you can slowly start peeling off the transfer tape.
There you have it. Easy peasy! Let the vinyl cure on the mug for 48-72 hours to make sure it sticks really well.
I will also run an embossing heat gun back and forth hovering over the vinyl and then press down really hard with my finger to make sure it adheres really well.
Just be careful, not to touch it when it’s too hot! Also, anything with vinyl should be hand washed. No dishwashers!
Tumbler Decal Ideas
Here are a few of the other ones I have made. Easy and fun! These make great gifts, especially for those hard to buy for people!
A Cricut machine can make so many personalized presents. If you want to check out my ultimate guide for Cricut ideas (think gifts, home decor, easy projects, etc) click here!
Taking It Beyond Vinyl!
If you’d like to learn how to seal your tumblers with epoxy, check out my tutorial here!
There are even more ways to decorate stainless steel mugs! Click on each image below to check out my tutorial for painting them different ways!
Spray painting stainless steel mugs is easy to do. Click here to watch my video tutorial on how I spray paint them without any prep work, like sanding!
If you’d like to check out my ultimate guide on personalizing stainless steel tumblers and what I like to use, click here!
Here are the printable instructions.
Make sure to read step by step instructions with photos in post and watch the video! Permanent vinyl is waterproof but it can not be washed in the dishwasher or heated too long in the microwave. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Make sure to read step by step instructions with photos in post and watch the video!
Permanent vinyl is waterproof but it can not be washed in the dishwasher or heated too long in the microwave.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Have a creative day!