***Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you want to make water bottles like the ones I made, then click the links to get the items that I got. You won’t be sorry. And if you do buy the items through these links, it helps out The Many Sides of Mom as well! If you don’t want to make them and just want to buy them, there are links in this post to my Etsy shop … The Crafty Side of Mom. Thanks!***
A friend of mine is getting married in a couple of weeks. She is a fellow Disney fan. She and her new husband are going to Walt Disney World for their honeymoon. Over the past few months she and I have shared Disney stories and she has asked my advice on a few things.
I asked her if they had planned on bringing water bottles to the park. I know that we always bring them. When you have a toddler, it’s good to be prepared in that way. You can get filtered iced water at any quick service restaurant or snack place with a soda fountain. So I asked my friend if she planned on bringing refillable water bottles to the parks with her. She said that she was going to think about it, discuss it with her husband-to-be. When you aren’t travelling with a toddler, you don’t have the extra storage that a stroller brings. So you have to take that into account.
While talking about water bottles, I told her that I “made” our last bottles. We got Contigo Autospout bottles from Target before our last trip. Then I made them our own. I personalized them … using the wonder that is my Cricut.
So I thought to myself, why not make some for my friend??? Why not surprise her with her a water bottles for her and her husband??? It was time to start creating ….
I knew I wanted to use one of the Disney fonts that I have on my laptop for the lettering. I went through a few before I made my decision. I settled on “New Walt Disney UI”. I needed some images to go with the words “BRIDE” and “GROOM”. So, I took to my favorite place to find SVGs … ETSY. In the Etsy search engine, I typed in “bridge and groom Mickey Mouse”. A few things came up, but when I saw the image of Groom Mickey and Bride Minnie ears/hats I knew that was the one for me. It was a low cost, so I bought it.
Both hats came on one image, so I needed to separate them. I uploaded it to Cricut. Once there I duplicated the image and the contoured them so they were single images. One bride. One groom.
I then added text … next to them. I highlighted the word that corresponded with the image and welded them together … that way they would print more as one image and not two. I wouldn’t need to line them up on the bottle separately afterwards. Lazy in that aspect, but I like to think genius in another.
Next it was time for the bottles themselves. I went back to one of my favorite stores … Target. I looked for the same bottles we had purchased for my family. I found a bunch. I looked for some that were “wedding”-esque. Pink or clear for my friend. Gray or blue for her husband. I didn’t find what I was looking for, but I did find a two pack with one purple and one blue so I went for that.
I decided to go with white vinyl for the lettering and image. It would really stand out on the darker bottles.
After setting my Cricut to the vinyl cut setting, I loaded a Standard mat (the green one) with the white vinyl. I loaded that into the Cricut and pressed start. Watching the Cricut do its job is always relaxing for me. I could sit back and watch the Cricut work all day.
Once it’s done cutting, I remove the vinyl from the mat. I use a pair of scissors to cut around each bottle’s image, making the area that needs to be “weeded” a little smaller.
***Note: To weed something is to remove the negative space from an cut image. So all of the negative space around my images was taken away, which is called weeding.***
After the image was weeded, I cut pieces of transfer paper out … approximately the size of the image. I lay the transfer paper over the image, slowly as to not create bubbles in between the image and the transfer paper. Then flip the image over, use a credit card or scraper to scrape across the image. This helps the image stick to the transfer paper, making it easier to relieve it from the backing.
Then it’s time to pull off the vinyl backing. I always do this part slowly. You have to make sure the image stays on the transfer paper. So step by step, remove the backing to the vinyl.
Once that is removed, I lined the image up on the bottle the way that I wanted it. I held the bottle steady, put the middle of the image in the center of my space and started laying it down. Again, do this process slowly. You want to make sure you don’t create any creases or bubbles. When the image is down, use the credit card or scraper that you used before to scrape against the image again. This will aid in adhering the image to the bottle (or whatever surface you’re using).
And the last final step, removing the transfer paper. Again, as with removing any backing it seems, you want to do this slowly. Just to make sure you don’t pull the vinyl off of the item. I have had this happen to me before … trying to get that image from the transfer paper to the item/object/wall free hand is no easy task. At least not for me. So take it slow … you’ll be glad you did.
Once all of this was done, I was able to sit back and marvel at the item in front of me. I loved what I had done. It looked great. I hoped that my friend would like it too. [She did!!!]
In this post, I talk about the process of making these bottles. Now, if you don’t have a Cricut (or another machine like them) and you just simply want to buy these bottles (or even the decals for the bottles) then head over to my Etsy shop … THE CRAFTY SIDE OF MOM. I’d be happy to make these for you to add something special to your vacation.