How to put vinyl on straight

I stink at putting vinyl on straight. If I have to put it on a curved surface, like a cup, I am even worse. I have seriously thought about hiring somebody just to put my vinyl on for me. I am terrible.

Then I discovered this nifty little trick on how to put on vinyl straight.

By giving myself a straight line to work off of, I can guarantee that the decal is straight. This is particularly helpful when I am placing vinyl on cups because the curved surface makes it so hard to get it even. But it also helps a lot when doing signs or if I have to line up two different colors of vinyl. This little trick has seriously saved me so much time!

You will probably notice that I also use contact paper instead of transfer paper. It works great and it costs a lot less. If the contact paper is too sticky, I just stick it on the carpet first to get rid of some of the stickiness. I also use contact paper when I am cutting a stencil.

2 Responses

  1. Nancy says:

    so you put the lines inside the cup. What about doing ornaments? Brilliant idea and I so appreciate it

    • Angie says:

      I actually put the lines on the transfer paper so that I can line it up with the top of the cup. Ornaments are a little trickier because if they are the glass balls, you really don’t have a straight edge to reference from. I am sure the lines would help, but maybe not as much.

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