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Decorated Yeti Cup or Tumblers with Pictures, Mod Podge & Glitter!

Learn how to make a personalized decorated yeti cup or any other stainless steel tumbler by adding water slide decal pictures to them.

Hi Friends!  I have another glitter tumbler tutorial for you today but this time I tried something different – Mod Podge instead of epoxy! 

I wanted to see how a tumbler with mod podge would hold up since it is much cheaper and easier to make than the epoxy. 

I also wanted to show you how to make a decorated yeti cup or Ozark tumbler or any stainless steel mug using your own pictures. 

decorated yeti cup

So you don’t even need a cutting machine to make a personalized tumbler (but I still recommend getting one because they are SOOOO awesome!!  You can read all about all the amazing things you can make with a Cricut here).

Materials for Decorated Yeti Cup / Stainless Steel Mug

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Painting a Tumbler Mug

The first thing you’ll want to do is paint your tumbler.  Put a piece of painters tape around the top rim. (If you’d like to watch a video on how I apply tape to a tumbler click here.)

I tape off the top of my tumblers so my mouth doesn’t touch the mod podge or glitter part.

gloss protective enamel

I use spray paint (Rustoleum gloss protective enamel) instead of using 2 or 3 layers of glitter but that’s a personal preference.  I just spray the upside-down tumbler as I walk around it about 4 times. 

If you’d like to see a video of how I paint a mug with a turntable click here.


Using Mod Podge on a Tumbler


Once it’s dry, apply a smooth layer of mod podge and then start pouring on glitter all around the cup so that it’s fully covered.


If you’d like to see a video of applying the mod podge glitter, go to my tutorial by clicking here.

Remove the tape and let the cup dry upside down.


Once it’s dry, tap the cup to shake off any extra glitter and use a dry paintbrush to also remove the extra glitter by sliding it down the cup all the way around.


Apply tape again to the top rim and then apply a layer of gloss Mod Podge like you did before and let dry.


Remove the painter’s tape so it doesn’t dry with the glue on it, which makes it harder to come off. 

Once it’s dry, sand it with wet sandpaper.  Spray the bottle with water and then gently sand it up and down to make smooth.  (I found the wet sandpaper in the automotive department of Wal-mart)

sanding glitter tumbler

Prepare Pictures to Add on Tumbler

You can prepare your printed decals at any point during your drying times.  (Check out my post here on how to design water slide decals in CDS or google slides!)

Pick out whatever pictures you want, size them, then print them on the glossy side of water slide decal paper.  Or you can use a Cricut print then cut feature.

Let them dry and then spray a layer of crystal clear enamel over all the pictures.  Let them dry for 30 minutes or so and spray another layer. 

water slide decals inkjet

Repeat for the third layer and then let them completely dry and then cut them out.

It’s super easy to attach the water slide decal paper to your decorated yeti cup.  Make sure to watch the video on the top or side to see it in action!

After I applied them I added another layer of the gloss mod podge to just the pictures.

On the other side, I added a shadow layer Monogram cut with my Cricut.  Check out my video tutorial here on how to make a shadow layer for text!

cricut monogram tutorial

Once everything is dry you’ll need to add another few layers of gloss mod podge about 30 minutes apart

Apply the tape a mm or two above your glitter line so that you seal the glitter edge. 

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I also added a layer of this gloss glaze spray to add extra gloss in between the layers of mod podge but this is an optional step.  Remove the tape before the final layer of mod podge dries.

I sprayed sealant in between Mod Podge layers.
Mod Podge applied and drying.
Make sure to remove the tape before the Mod Podge dries!
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There you have it!  A way to make a decorated Yeti cup or Ozark tumbler without having to use epoxy. 

As you can see from the pictures, it’s not as smooth as epoxy but it still works and actually has a nice texture to it!

decorated yeti cup

The photos are blurry in this picture because I was trying to get a good pic of the sparkles in the glitter!


Another way to add waterproof pictures to a tumbler is by sublimating a tumbler blank.

Make sure to check out my post here on how to epoxy glitter tumblers.  It’s not as hard you might think! 

Also, if you want to see my complete guide to personalizing tumblers from beginner to advanced click here!

Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day,

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Saturday 23rd of October 2021

[…] mod podge application, add another layer of mod podge and let dry after removing the tape. After it dries, sand the mug […]

Kayla Martin

Monday 4th of January 2021

My yeti is black would I still have to paint it. I also am not using any glitter I just need the photos attachand be able to wash it. What about using dishwasher safe mod podge?


Thursday 10th of December 2020

Hi! How long did you let this cure?! Did you spray enamel on the final coat of mod podge? Thank you!

Levada McMeen

Wednesday 2nd of December 2020

I made a cup with picture and they stuck down until I started to put on the epoxy then a few of the corners popped up can I repair them


Monday 14th of October 2019

Is the epoxy dishwasher safe? I know they should be handwashed but would anything happen if they were put in the dishwasher? Also what are the most economical cups to use? Thanks


Friday 17th of July 2020

No they should be hand washed

Leap of Faith Crafting

Tuesday 15th of October 2019

Honestly, I don't know for sure, but I don't think so. Some of them are FDA compliant to be around food but I can't find anything that says it is dishwasher safe. I generally use tumblers I find at Walmart or sometimes Costco. I think they all perform about the same! is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to