Learn the RIGHT way to put vinyl on mugs, including how to pick out the best mug, design, and vinyl for results that look great and last!
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Key concepts taught in the video tutorial include how to select the right mug, design, and vinyl, how to transfer the vinyl to the curved surface of a mug, how to layer vinyl for a mug, and how to treat your vinyl appliquéd mug.
See exactly how to put vinyl on mugs in this step-by-step video below:
Let me show you how to put vinyl on a mug! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure policy.
Materials for Vinyl Transfer Mugs
- Ceramic mugs (avoid anything powder coated or textured)
- Outdoor permanent adhesive vinyl (I recommend Oracal 651)
- Transfer sheets
- Rubbing alcohol
- Scraper or card
- A way to cut your materials (I used the amazing Cricut)
- My free SVG/DXF/PDF cut files/patterns (available in my free resource library—get the password at the bottom of this post)Note: Here are the fonts I used in this tutorial
How to Put Vinyl on a Mug
First, you need some cute designs for your mugs! I made some for you that you can download it from my free resource library (you can get a password for it at the bottom of this page). If you’re going to cut the vinyl decals out on your cutting machine, upload the file to your design software. If you’re not sure how to upload an SVG cut file to Cricut Design Space, watch this helpful video training series I made. If you’re on an iPhone or iPad, here’s how to download and upload SVG files to the Cricut Design Space app.
Note: The unicorn crown is in a separate file because it is a Print Then Cut image. Just upload it and add it to your canvas with the other mug designs — resize as necessary.
Check back later for more instructions and photos, or watch the video linked above!
Get my free SVG cut files and patterns for the Vinyl Transfer Mugs
Vinyl mugs are fun and easy IF you do it the right way. Now, even though I did the dishwasher test, I still tend to hand wash my vinyl mugs. It’s your choice. So go ahead and put your mugs in the dishwasher, but with the understanding that after the 100th time they might not look so great. But hey, you can always remake it, right?
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