DIY Motivational Project Idea: How to Apply Glitter Adhesive Vinyl on a Stainless Steel Hydro Flask

DIY Motivational Project Idea: How to Apply Glitter Adhesive Vinyl on a Stainless Steel Hydro Flask

Hi friends! Elise here from Polka Dotted Blue Jay. The New Year is quickly approaching and it's time to start thinking about resolutions and self-care! I decided to use my Silhouette Cameo to add one of my favorite quotes to my favorite Hydro Flask to help get me motivated. Follow this step by step tutorial to learn how to apply Glitter Adhesive Vinyl on a stainless-steel Hydro Flask.

Estimated Time: 15 Minutes

Skill Level: Beginner

Care: Hand wash

Supplies Needed:

Creating Your Design:

Step 1: Open up your Silhouette Studio®.

Step 2: Select the Page Setup Window and adjust your cutting mat size to 12x12 (or the sized mat you are using).

Step 3: Download your design from the Silhouette Design Store and then open your word art in Silhouette Studio. Click File>Library>Downloaded Designs>Select your downloaded file.

Step 4: Measure your Hydro Flask and re-size your design to the correct space on your 12x12 template – be sure to move the design as a group so it keeps everything lined up. You can do this by clicking and dragging to cover the whole design and then moving as one piece.

Step 5: Attach your Craftables Permanent Adhesive Vinyl to the cutting mat, color side up, and load into your machine. Tip: I always trim my Glitter Adhesive Vinyl to slightly larger than my design – that way I don’t use a whole sheet for a small design.

Step 6: Follow the prompts in the Design Studio to adjust your blade (if using a ratchet blade) for Glitter Adhesive Vinyl and double check to make sure your design has been selected to cut. Tip: reference your Craftables insert to see what setting you should use. For this Glitter Adhesive Vinyl I used the “glossy” setting.

Step 10: Select “Send” to start cutting.

Step 11: Select “Unload” when your machine has finished cutting your design to remove the cutting mat from the machine.

Preparing Your Design:

Step 1: Remove your sheets of Glitter Adhesive Vinyl from the cutting mat – go slow so it doesn’t curl up.

Step 2: Use your fingers or a wedding tool to remove the excess vinyl. Be sure to leave your design on the backing sheet.

Creating Your Custom Hydro Flask:

Step 1: Place a piece of transfer tape over your design.

Step 2: Use the scraping tool to make sure the design adheres to the transfer tape.

Step 3: Gently pull transfer tape up and make sure the entire design lifts with it.

Step 4: Place your design on your Hydro Flask.

Step 5: Use the scraping tool to smooth the design onto the Hydro Flask. Tip: don’t scrape too hard – you could scratch your Hydro Flask.

Step 6: Slowly remove the transfer tape. Tip: pull from a corner and not the side to make sure each part of the design transfers completely to your Hydro Flask.

Once you've applied your quote, your Hydro Flask is ready for adventures! Fill it with some ice-cold water and get out and fly! Alternatively, you could fill your Hydro Flask with tea or coffee to keep you caffeinated and motivated to finish your newest project.

I also love the idea of making monogrammed Hydro Flasks for my family as gifts. You can follow this tutorial to see how: DIY Gift Tutorial: How to Apply Glitter Adhesive Vinyl on a Ceramic Jewelry Dish. If you want to cover it in stickers instead, check out our DIY Millennial Pink Laptop Stickers Tutorial: How to Use Inkjet Printable Adhesive Vinyl post.

What are your goals for the New Year? Here at Craftables, we are excited to step up our game, add some new products to our site, and continue to support the crafting community! New year, new projects, it's time to get to work!

About the Author

Elise Laney

I am Elise from Polka Dotted Blue Jay – a blog full of crafts, party inspiration, and desserts covered in sprinkles. I live in sunny southern California with my husband, our baby boy, and our two fluffy cats. My Grandmother ignited my creative spark as a little girl and I loved getting to visit her and work on whatever craft project she had dreamt up. I am a legal accounting clerk by day (hilarious because I am terrible at math) and a crafting tornado by night. Sometimes all a woman needs is some craft glue and glitter to find balance in daily life. I’m thrilled and honored to be a part of the Craftables team and can’t wait to get crafty with you!