By now you have probably heard of Yeti cups that that claim to keep your drinks cold (or hot) for much longer than typical insulated cups. You might also have seen the YouTube videos that prove that Walmart’s Ozark Trail brand tumblers work just about as well as the Yetis… and cost about 3 times less. Knowing how cheap I am, you guys can guess which version I purchased.
Several people in my family now own the Ozark Trail tumblers and we are all planning on taking them camping later this month. In order to be able to identify mine at a glance, I personalized it with a bit of vinyl. It was my first time working with regular vinyl, but it was much simpler than I thought it would be!
I then cut around the design so I could save as much of the vinyl scrap for future use as possible. Waste not, want not.
I used the weeding tool to remove all of the vinyl I didn’t want transferred onto my tumbler.
Finally, I added the vinyl to a piece of transfer tape to make adding the design to my tumbler MUCH easier.
I wiped the tumbler down with rubbing alcohol to make sure there was no grime or oil on the surface of the tumbler. I aligned the vinyl with the top of the tumbler and carefully smoothed out the transfer tape.
I rubbed the transfer tape very well so that the vinyl made good contact with the tumbler. Then I slowly and carefully removed the transfer tape to reveal the finished tumbler. I think if I could go back in time, I would have made my overall design about 25% smaller to fit the tumbler better. All things considered, I think it went pretty well for a first vinyl project!
Now I can pick my Ozark tumbler out of a crowd, and I am getting a little blog marketing in while I’m at it. You could obviously use this same technique with any number of different designs and, since the vinyl is removable, you can switch up the design as often as you would like!
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- Ozark Trail tumbler (cheaper at Walmart though!)
- Cricut Explore
- midnight vinyl
- berry vinyl
- Cricut tools
- transfer tape
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