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How to Make Stickers with Cricut Plus a FREE Sticker Sheet!

Learn how to make stickers with Cricut including waterproof stickers. Plus grab an instant download of a FREE sticker sheet PNG file to use!

When you own a Cricut cutting machine, you can do so much more with it than cutting vinyl or heat transfer vinyl!

Don’t get me wrong, making cute DIY personalized gifts and Cricut shirts are some of my favorite things to make, but sometimes we need to try something different.

And for me, I’ve been having fun making and printing stickers! In a previous post, I told you all about Cricut’s print and cut function and also the difference between printable vinyl and sticker paper. But today, we are concentrating solely on how to make stickers with Cricut.

I also have a different way of making waterproof stickers that is much quicker than using Mod Podge (which I mentioned before!). For this tutorial, I will only be using printable vinyl since I prefer it to printable sticker paper and so does my home printer!

Plus I have a free sticker design sheet for you!

cricut stickers design space

Materials Needed for Cricut Stickers

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links from Shareasale, Cricut, Awin, and I receive a small commission at no cost to you when you make a purchase using my links (purple text). As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

self seal laminating sheet

How to Design Stickers in Cricut Design Space

With the release of the new offset feature, making stickers in Cricut Design Space is quick and easy! You can add a white background or any other color for your background color in two steps.

For my first sheet of Cricut stickers I am using images I found in Cricut Access. First, open Cricut Design Space and start a new project.

Find anything you’d like to make a sticker of and insert images on your canvas.

Then with the cut image selected, click on the Offset tool on the top. I decreased the distance a bit and kept it on rounded corners.

cricut design space stickers how to

The default offset layer is black so I clicked on that shadow layer and changed the color to white by clicking on the color square next to the Operation drop down menu. Now I will have a white border.

cricut design space stickers how to

Then in order for the shadow and the image to print I need to flatten them. Select both the offset layer and image top layer and click on Flatten on the bottom right.

cricut design space stickers how to flatten

I repeated all the above steps for all of my remaining images. You’ll notice on the layers panel on the right side, that every image now is a Print Then Cut layer.

cricut design space stickers how to print

Size them to how big you want them. I’m going to be adding mine to a personalized tumbler, so I made them all less than three inches wide.

Click on Make it and on the next screen you’ll see all the sticker images on an 8.5×11 inch sheet.

cricut design space stickers how to

Click continue and then select send to Printer. I am using an inkjet printer which is usually recommended for printable vinyl so it doesn’t get too hot.

Use the drop down menu to select the printer you want to print the stickers on and leave the Add Bleed button on (so that it’s green). You can use System Dialog to change the print quality to best or high.

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printing stickers

How to Make Stickers with a Cricut Waterproof

For this sheet of stickers, I am going to make them waterproof by adding a clear self laminating sheet to the top so the setting needs to account for both thicknesses. You could also use clear adhesive vinyl.

We want a kiss cut which means the cut doesn’t go all the way through the back layer.

You might need to play with your Cricut settings a bit to figure out what works for you. On my Cricut Maker, I have found that Medium Cardstock gives me the best results when cutting a piece of printable vinyl with a self laminating sheet on it.

cricut design space stickers waterproof

The single laminating sheets have a grid on the backside and it’s clear on the front. Peel off the top strip first.

how to use single sided laminating sheets

Then you are going to stick the top of single-sided laminating sheets to the top of the printed sticker sheet.

applying single sided laminated sheet
making stickers water proof

Then you are going to flip the laminating sheet over so the grid size is facing up and then start pulling the grid backing off as the laminating sheet lays down flat on the printable vinyl.

(Make sure to watch the video for this part, because it’s hard to explain! I have a short video on this page and also a link to the full YouTube video at the bottom.)

diy laminating stickers

Try to use your hand or a scraper to flatten the laminating sheet on the stickers as you pull off the sheet. It’s a little hard to see because my hand is actually underneath the sheet.

smoothing laminating sheets down

Once you have pulled all the way to the end the grid paper will release from the self laminating sheet and it will be fully over the sticker sheet.

diy water proof stickers

Scrape it down well trying to remove any bubbles that may have formed. Scrape towards the edge of the sheet so the bubbles can escape.

scraping single side laminating sheet

Now put the sticker sheet with the laminating sheet on a clean cutting mat and load it into your Cricut. The laminating sheet will be larger than the printable vinyl sheet!

The Cricut machine will read the black box around the sticker image to know exactly where to make the cut line.

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After the Cricut has done its thing, unload the mat and then peel off the waterproof stickers!

peeling stickers from mat
diy scripture sticker

They are now ready to apply to a tumbler, mug, water bottles, or anything that might get wet. Make sure to let the vinyl sit on the tumbler for 72 hours before you get it wet so that it seals well!

penguin stickers
mama bear sticker

These are similar steps to making magnets with a Cricut!

cricut sticker tutorial

Our free Faith SVG files would also make great stickers!

water proof stickers on tumbler

How to Make Planner or Inspirational Stickers

At the bottom of this post, there is a FREE sticker PNG cut file sheet for you to make your own printable stickers with.

Simply download the PNG file, click on the Upload button, and then upload image into Cricut Design Space. It will come in as one single image. If you want to break it apart, you’ll have to use the slice function.

free planner stickers cricut

Click on Make It and you’ll see it all fits on one 8.5 x 11 sheet.

free journal stickers to print cricut

For these planner stickers, I am not going to make them waterproof since they don’t need to be. So I just used the printable vinyl setting on the drop down menu.

printable vinyl setting cricut

Send the sticker sheet to your printer again and then place the printed sheet on a blue mat and let the Cricut read the black rectangle and cut around each sticker with the fine point blade. These ones won’t have a shadow or background layer, it is just the sticker.

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Peel them off the sheet and add them to planners, journals, kids lunches, sticky notes, notebooks, etc.

cricut printable vinyl stickers
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free planner stickers printable

I even added one of the fun stickers to my Cricut since I get to do what I love!

free cricut stickers

Cricut Print and Cut Stickers Video Tutorial

Make sure to watch a quick sped up how to make stickers video below. If you’d like a longer step by step video on making stickers, check out my YouTube video here.

FREE Cricut Stickers Download

As a reminder, all of my FREE SVG files are for personal use only and not for commercial use. Please click here to purchase a commercial license if you want to use the files for commercial purposes such as to sell items for your small business.

Sometimes the file will look blurry when you first open it, but once you download it, the SVG will open up clearly.

If it doesn’t automatically download, you might need to right-click on it and Save As. If you need additional help, make sure to check out my post on how to download and upload files to CDS.

Or check out my Cricut Design Space 101 series for even more tutorials.


Or if you don’t have a Cricut and wish to print out a PDF sheet and then cut them out with scissors, click the link below.

Click here to download the sticker sheet PDF

If you’d like to save this tutorial on how to make stickers with Cricut for later or share you can PIN It now! If you are on a desktop hover over the top left of the image below and if you are on a phone simply tap on the image and a PIN It button will pop up to click on!

free stickers for cricut
Yield: 1 sheet of stickers

How to Make Stickers with a Cricut

diy scripture sticker

Maker your own waterproof stickers with a Cricut, printable vinyl, and a single sided self laminating sheet.

Active Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Beginner
Estimated Cost $1


  • Cricut


  1. Design stickers in Cricut Design Space using images from Cricut Access or uploaded images. Use the offset tool to add a shadow layer.
  2. Turn the shadow/offset layer to white. Select both the image and offset layer and Flatten.
  3. Send to printer and print on printable vinyl.
  4. For waterproof stickers, select Medium cardstock as the cut setting.
  5. Apply a single sided self laminating sheet to the printed vinyl. Take the strip off the top and place it on the top of the printed sheet.
  6. Press down the backside as you pull the laminating sheet forward.
  7. Scrape down well with a scraper to remove any bubbles.
  8. Place on a Cricut mat and load. Let the Cricut cut out the stickers.
  9. Apply to tumblers, mugs, or anything that gets wet! Let it cure for 72 hours before getting the sticker wet.


See blog post for full detailed tutorial and link to YouTube video.

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Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day!

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Thursday 20th of January 2022

Great tutorial! My cricut isn’t reading the black line with the laminating sheet on top of it. Any tips or something I did wrong? Thanks!


Friday 10th of December 2021

Hi there! Great tutorial. I am brand new to this & mainly trying to find a gift for my boyfriend who is interested in creating his own stickers. Do you know if the smallest model, the Cricut Joy can bring stickers like this? Just not as wide, as far as a I understand it?

I’m having a hard time finding a concrete answer on that online. Thank you!

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Monday 13th of December 2021

No, unfortunately, the Cricut Joy does not have the print then cut function.


Saturday 28th of August 2021

i need to ask a question. how can i make these stickers so that i can use them later? like having it cut them out, and then i can peel the backing off at a later time. I hope this question makes sense. 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

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