How to Make a Cricut Vinyl Mug. Learn how and what type of vinyl to make a dishwasher-safe coffee mug or cup.
Personalized coffee mugs are everywhere, but they can be expensive. Learn how to make your own using your Cricut machine.
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In today’s, post I will be using the Cricut Maker 3 and Smart Vinyl, but you can use any older Cricut Explore or Maker machine, and any type of permanent vinyl to complete this project.
What Cricut Vinyl is Best for Coffee Mugs?
When choosing a vinyl to put on a coffee mug, tumbler, or other dishware item that will be run through the dishwasher, the best choice is permanent vinyl. You can purchase permanent vinyl in a variety of colors that can be used on any machine with a mat.
You can also use the new Smart Vinyl permanent vinyl with the Cricut Maker 3 and Cricut Explore 3. This vinyl can be used without a cutting mat.
To get the longest life out of any vinyl, it is recommended to hand wash mugs with vinyl on them, however using permanent vinyl does make the mug dishwasher safe!
How to Make a Vinyl Coffee Mug with Cricut
Create Your Design
Start by opening Cricut Design Space and create a new project. Click on Image in the Design Panel.
There are so many cute coffee mug sayings you can use for your design. In the search bar type “coffee”, and then click on Phrases under Project Type to pull up all the coffee-related pre-made phrases.
I used design #M27381BAA. This design is pre-sized to fit on the coffee mug I purchased at Dollar Tree. I almost always purchase my mugs at Dollar Tree. They are only $1 each and come in a variety of styles, colors, and sizes.
Click the design below to open the project I created if you don’t want to choose your own design.
Cricut Design Space File: Maybe Coffee is Addicted to Me
After you have chosen your design and sized it to fit your mug, click Make It.
On the mat preview screen choose Without Mat if working with Smart Vinyl, then click Done.
Make sure your design looks okay on the mat and click Continue.
Set the material to Smart Vinyl – Permanent.
Cut Out and Apply Your Design
Load the smart vinyl into the Cricut Maker 3 and then click the flashing Go button.
Once the Cricut is done cutting, trim the excess vinyl around your design. Then weed all the excess vinyl using a weeding tool or your fingers.
Clean the mug with rubbing alcohol and allow to dry.
Cut a piece of transfer tape the same size as your design. Apply transfer tape to the vinyl. Smooth the transfer tape using a scraper tool. Then, carefully peel the transfer tape away from the paper backing making sure the vinyl is fully adhered to the transfer tape as you go.
Place the transfer tape with the vinyl design on the coffee mug, smooth it down, and peel at an angle to remove.
Personalized vinyl mugs are a great addition to your own kitchen, and they also make great gifts!
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