How to Custom Make a Coffee Mug With Vinyl and Cricut

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This tutorial is about how to use Cricut and vinyl and make a custom mug. Here is the video of the project.

Things you'll need:

1. A mug of your choice

2. Cricut Explore

3. Cricut Accessories- Scraping tool,adhesive mat

4. Oracal 651 Vinyl

5. Measuring tape

6. Transfer Tape

7. A pair of scissors

Step 1: Log Into Design Space.

Step 2: Upload and Customize Your Design.

It is a good idea to play around with fonts and try to create your own design. For instance, I used the Curve Button to get my design to look the way I wanted it to. If you want a particular design (SVG file), send me a message and I can create it for you.

Step 3: Click on the Attach Button.

Attaching the design makes sure that all the letters cut out together and not separately (which would be really hard to put together later).

Step 4: Unlock the Design.

You cannot customize the design if you do not unlock it.

Step 5: Enter the Dimensions That You Need.

A 5 by 5 size works perfectly well for my 11 ounce mug.

Step 6: Make It!

Step 7: Cleaning Up the Design.

Once the design is cut, there will be a lot of negative spaces around it. You will need to carefully remove the unwanted vinyl. This is called weeding the design.

Step 8: Prepare the Transfer Tape.

You will need to cut a piece of the transfer tape. Make sure it is enough to cover the entire design.

Step 9: Get the Transfer Tape Onto the Design.

Remove the backing from the transfer tape and place it on the vinyl (design).

Step 10: Stick It Well.

Make sure that the transfer tape sticks really well to the vinyl. Use your fingers to press it and then use the scraping tool to remove any trapped air bubbles.

Step 11: Get the Design Onto the Transfer Tape.

Slowly get the transfer tape clear of the vinyl.

Step 12: Place the Design on the Mug.

Carefully place the design on the mug. You will need to get it to stick to the mug really well. Run your fingers all over the design to smoothen it out completely.

Step 13: Remove the Transfer Tape.

Do not throw it away. It is reusable. Save it for the next project.

Step 14: The Final Look!

Mugs like these are a rage at local flea markets. My team (my daughters) will vouch for that. In fact we have even tied up with the local craft store to sell these mugs. Lots of fun with a little pocket money- it couldn't get better, could it!

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