How To Make a Waterslide Decal

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If you're looking into creating with waterslide decals, you will love this tutorial! It's a very simple basic tutorial that's very easy to follow. We also have a great video all about this. Just go over to the video section of the site and search "waterslide", you won't be sorry! I hope you all enjoy this simple tutorial for How To Make a Waterslide Decal. We're using a beautiful floral cut file from the membership to give this project a ton of life and color.


  • Cricut Maker or Die Cutting Machine
  • StandardGrip Cutting Mat
  • We R Memory Keepers Spin It Brand Waterslide Paper
  • Small Plate/Bowl
  • Water
  • Spray Sealer
  • Ink-Jet Printer (we use Canon TS8120)
  • Paper Towel
  • Mug
  • Measuring Tape

How to Make This Project

  1. Measure your mug. Size your print then cut file in Design Space to fit well onto it.
  2. Place your waterslide paper in your printer. If you load your paper in the upper rear tray, place the paper in with the front of the paper facing you. If you load your paper in the bottom tray, place the paper backing side up.
  3. Print your image, and then spray it with a few thin coats of polyurethane letting each coat dry at least 30 minutes before you apply another one.
  4. Once your design is completely dry put it on a mat, load it into your machine, and turn your material setting to medium cardstock with more pressure.
  5. Once cut, remove the excess paper and carefully peel your design with the backing off the mat.
  6. Place the design in a bowl/plate of room temp water for 30-60 seconds. It may curl up on you so you can use two fingers to hold it under the water until it's finished soaking.
  7. Wet your mug, to make everything slippery.
  8. Remove your decal VERY carefully from the water and apply it where you'd like it to go on your mug.
  9. Slowly start to slide the backing out from behind the decal, it should all be wet enough to slip and slide off well.
  10. Once the backing has been removed, you can gently move the decal around with your fingers to position it exactly where you'd like.
  11. When you have the decal where you want it, gently pat it with a paper towel and then allow it to dry for 24 hours.
  12. After the 24 hours are up, feel free to seal it with a layer of polyurethane, mod podge, or epoxy.

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