Make your own DIY personalized Cricut Starbucks cup with a FREE cold cup SVG file and a tutorial on how to edit it in Cricut Design Space!
You guys have been asking for a tutorial and SVG file on how to customize Starbucks cups and I finally have it done!
This was actually a pretty fun project because there are so many ways to personalize a Starbucks cold up when you have a Cricut or other cutting machine.
The hard part for me was getting the Starbucks cold cup SVG file just right. Starbucks is not making it easy! The Starbucks logo is not a perfect circle so it took lot of trial and error before I was happy with my Cricut Starbucks cup.
I went through a lot of vinyl and tweaked the dimensions a ton in Adobe Illustrator to come up with a few different Cricut designs for Starbucks cups.
Included at the bottom of this post is a FREE editable Starbucks cup template, an apple template, and a template that has Coffee already cut out.
I also have a full video tutorial on how to edit the templates in Cricut Design Space so you can put anything you want on the tumbler at the bottom of this tutorial.
What Vinyl to Use on Starbucks Cups?
Anytime you are working with a cup or tumbler that is going to be washed, you need to use a permanent adhesive vinyl.
Different brands call them by different names to confuse us all! So look for permanent vinyl or outdoor vinyl or premium permanent adhesive vinyl.
But remember anything with vinyl should be hand washed only. It will not hold up very long if it’s placed in the dishwasher or put in the microwave (continuous hot heat!).
And also just because it says permanent doesn’t mean it will never come off so don’t guarantee that if you are selling them. The bond is much stronger than removable vinyl but it can still peel off if scraped or is intricate skinny pieces.
Where to Find a Starbucks Reusable Cup
For this tutorial, I am using the reusable 24 oz. Starbucks cold cup. They are a slightly frosted hard plastic cup that comes with a lid and a reusable long straw.
I simply went into my local Starbucks store and asked. I first looked around and didn’t see anything but Starbucks tumblers and acrylic cups so I thought they were out.
But when I asked the barista she pointed to the ones next to her and said “These ones??!” Umm, yes please!
They give them away with certain drinks for a small amount but they also sell them to you without a coffee purchase. They were $3.00 in the store.
But if you don’t have a Starbucks near you or if they are out, you can always order a pack off Amazon. The best price I found was for this 3 pack of cold cups here.
Materials Needed for Cricut Starbucks Cup
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- Starbucks 24 oz cold cup
- permanent vinyl or Smart Vinyl for the Cricut Joy
- Cricut Explore, Cricut Maker or Cricut Joy
- transfer tape
- Cricut tools and mat
- FREE Starbucks cup template SVG – see below
Phrase Ideas to Put on Starbucks Tumbler
There are so many things you can put in the editable Starbucks cup template that is below. There are three different versions.
One SVG file already has the word COFFEE sliced out. Another one only has the stars sliced out so you can put any words on the top and/or bottom. And the last one is an apple cut out for a cute teacher gift.
Here are some ideas I thought of and saw that you can put on a customized Starbucks cup:
- Name’s Coffee (like the Amy’s Coffee I made)
- Grandma’s Coffee, Grandpa’s Coffee, Dad’s Coffee, Mom’s Coffee
- Teacher Fuel, Mom Fuel, Mommy Fuel, Dad’s Fuel, Daddy’s Fuel
- Liquid Sanity, Coffee Before Talkie, But First Coffee, Love Of My Life, Tired AF, Eat Sleep Coffee, Be Kind, NOT Coffee, Monday’s Medicine
- Happy Birthday, Birthday Girl, Birthday Boy, It’s My Birthday
- Bridesmaid Squad, Bride To Be, Groom To Be
- Witches Brew, Merry and Bright, Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas
- Mama Bear, Papa Bear
How to Use the Editable Starbucks Cup Template
Ok, let’s talk about using Cricut Design Space to personalize the Starbucks cold cup template. I have a full YouTube video tutorial of these steps at the bottom of this post.
Once you’ve downloaded the SVG file below, click on Upload in CDS and then find it in your Downloads (or wherever things save to on your computer.)
Super important: DO NOT CHANGE THE SIZE OF THE SVG TEMPLATE ONCE IT’S IN CDS. This is the size that will fit perfectly on a 24 oz cold cup.
For this example, I’m going to show you how to put text in the top and bottom of the circle around the Starbucks logo.
The font I found closest to the Starbucks font that I used for the word COFFEE is Santana Black. You can download it for free at dafont.com. If you need more help downloading and using fonts, make sure to check out my tutorial all about fonts.
Insert a text box and type the word you want in all caps. For this custom Starbucks cup, I’m slicing out the words Teacher Fuel.
Size it to where the letters will fit in the circle. Then I select both and Align them Center Horizontally.
Now you are going to use the curve tool. While the text is selected, slide the ball to the right so that it curves down.
As it curves down, the letters might seem too far apart. So decrease the Line Space as needed.
Keep using the curve function, decreasing font space, and size if need be. Once you have it how you want it, you’ll want to WELD the letters together. The word will not slice if it’s only attached.
Then use your cursor to select both the curved word and circle and Click on Slice. Delete the word that is sliced out.
Now repeat all the same steps for the bottom word. If you are using the template that has COFFEE already cut out at the bottom, you can skip this step.
Add another text box, center it, and then slide the curve tool to the left to curve it up.
Decrease letter space if need be. Once it’s how you want it, WELD the letters together. Then select the word and circle and SLICE.
That’s it! Now the custom decal for the Starbucks cup or tumbler is ready to cut.
I also made a custom decal for a sports team. It’s really easy to delete the stars and slice out a different image if you want.
I already sliced out the words FOLSOM and BULLDOGS of the blank editable SVG template. But now I want to change the stars to volleyballs.
With the image selected, click on the Contour button on the lower right. Learn all about the Contour tool here.
When the Hide Contour popup opens, click the (-) if the image is too big. To delete the stars simply click on the stars with your mouse. You’ll notice the layer on the right panel will turn grey when they are selected.
Now X out of the popup and you are left with the image without the stars!
Then I inserted a volleyball from the image section. Size it to fit and then duplicate it. Click on both volleyballs and align them to Center.
You can only slice one at a time. So I clicked on one, held my Shift key down and then clicked on the surround image. Then click on Slice.
The first side will slice out. Delete what was sliced.
Repeat the same (slice the volleyball and surround) for the other side.
If you want a name on the Starbucks cup, insert a name in CDS and attach the letters together so it cuts out together.
Make sure to save your project. Then click on Make It.
Cutting and Applying a Starbucks Decal to Cup
When trying to get the vinyl straight on the cup I found it easiest to start with a piece of vinyl with a super straight edge. Either a new sheet or a trimmed one applied straight onto a mat.
Place permanent adhesive vinyl on a Cricut mat. Set the Cricut material setting to Vinyl. Cut when prompted.
Then weed off all the extra vinyl.
Clean off the tumbler cup with rubbing alcohol and let dry.
Tip to apply the decal straight when using the circular one with words:
- You’ll also want a piece of transfer tape with a clean straight edge. I prefer to use the ones with grid lines to help me line it up on the cup.
- Remove the backing and apply it so the two top straight edges line up with each other.
- I talk about this in the YouTube video at the bottom when I show you how I applied the Folsom Bulldog decal.
The apple decal is not as hard to line up.
Apply the transfer tape to the adhesive vinyl and scrape it down well.
Peel off the vinyl backing. The cut out vinyl decal should be on the transfer tape.
Center it over the Starbucks logo so there is equidistant of space on the top and bottom. Pull down the sides a little bit so you can see if they line up well.
Push down the middle of the decal first.
Then pull one side over and down so it lays down smoothly. Repeat on the other side.
Scrape down the vinyl well on the cup and then pull off the transfer tape.
If you happen to have any bubbles, use your finger or scraper to push the bubble to a side with an opening. So towards the center or to the outside.
For the apple stem and leaf I just applied them with my fingers (no transfer tape).
If you are putting a name on the cup, apply transfer tape to the name, align it on the cup and push it down well.
Then remove the transfer paper.
That’s it! A cute custom Starbucks cup Cricut style.
Make sure to let the vinyl cure for 72 hours before it gets wet! And again these are for hand wash only.
Pop up in Hand Wash with Care printable tag so that the recipient knows!
Such easy and fun gifts to make for everyone on your list!
Would make a good coach’s gift for the team or gift for the coach from the team!
If you want to add some sparkle, you could bling it up by adding rhinestones!
FREE Editable Starbucks Cup Template
As a reminder, all of my FREE SVG files are for personal use only. Please click here to purchase a commercial use license if you want to use the files to sell items.
Sometimes the file will look blurry when you first open it, but once you download it, the SVG will open up clearly. If you need additional help, make sure to check out my video on how to download and upload files to CDS at the bottom of that post.
Or check out my Cricut Design Space 101 series for even more tutorials.
Starbucks Cup Cricut YouTube Tutorial
Ok, so I couldn’t decide which pictures to include!
- Download the FREE Cricut Starbucks cut template from the post.
- Upload into Cricut Design Space.
- Insert a text box with what name or word you want on the cup.
- Use the curve tool function to curve the word up or down. Decrease the letter space to get it to fit.
- Once the letters are how you want them and are selected, click on WELD.
- Select both the circle and the curved word and then click on SLICE. Remove the extra pieces.
- Repeat for second word if you have more than one.
- Set material to Vinyl and cut image out of permanent vinyl with a Cricut. Clean the Starbucks cold cup with rubbing alcohol.
- Weed off the extra vinyl.
- Apply a straight piece of transfer tape so the top edges of the backing of the image and the transfer tape line up (this helps to make sure it's straight). Scrape down well and remove the backing.
- Center the circle over the Starbucks logo trying to have equidistant from the top and bottom. Use the lines on the grid transfer tape to line up with sides of Starbucks logo as a guide.
- Press down the middle of the image first. Pull one side of the transfer tape taut and press down on the side. Repeat for the other side.
- Press down really well with your fingers or scraper and then remove the transfer tape.
- Use the same method to apply a personalized name to the other side.
- Enjoy your new personalized Starbucks cup DIY!
Download the free SVG files from the post and watch the full YouTube video for detailed instructions.
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a creative day!