How to Make Waterslide Decals With Cricut: EASY DIY

Do you want to know how to make waterslide decals with Cricut?

Making waterslide decals with a Cricut machine is a fun and easy way to create custom decals for your crafting projects.

This tutorial will show you how to make waterslide decals with the Cricut machine. 

We will also discuss the different materials you can use to make your decals and provide tips and tricks for how to make waterslide decals with Cricut and get the best results. 

What Is Waterslide Paper?

Waterslide paper is a type of decal paper that can transfer images onto surfaces like wood, glass, ceramic, and more.

The paper comprises two parts: the backing paper and the transparent transfer film. 

The transparent film has a water-activated adhesive that, when dampened, becomes slippery so you can slide the decal off of the backing and adhere it to the chosen material.

Waterslide paper can make designs on a clear background or a white background.

Both adhere using the same method, but white is opaque and better for designs you want to stand out in color.

Types Of Waterslide Paper Available

waterslide paper nail art
Waterslide paper is commonly used for nail art decals.

There are two main types of waterslide decal paper available – printable and vinyl.

Printable waterslide paper is used with an inkjet printer, while vinyl waterslide paper is used with a cutting machine like a Cricut or Silhouette

Each type has its advantages and disadvantages, so choosing the right one for your project is essential.

Printable Waterslide Paper

Printable waterslide paper can be printed using your laser or inkjet printer. Be sure to choose the type of waterslide paper that’s compatible with your printer.

You can print with your printer then move your design to your Cricut for cutting.

Vinyl Waterslide Paper

Vinyl Waterslide Paper is the type that you’ll want to get for cutting with a Cricut machine.

You can find it at your local craft store. Look for waterslide decal paper or water transfer decal paper.

How To Make Waterslide Decals With Cricut – Step By Step Guide 

To make waterslide decals with your Cricut machine, you will need the following supplies:

  • A Cricut cutting machine
  • Waterslide decal paper
  • Clear spray sealer (optional)
  • Scissors or a craft knife
  • A bowl of warm water
  • A flat surface like a countertop or cutting mat

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Step 1: Select Decal Design

perfume bottles
Waterslide decals are often used for labeling bottles like perfume for understated elegance.

First, you’ll need to design your decal using the Cricut Design Space software. If you’ve never used this before, don’t worry!

It’s super easy to use, and there are tons of tutorials online.

Once you’ve designed your decal, print it onto the waterslide decal paper using an inkjet printer.

Make sure to mirror your image before printing so that it will print in reverse on the paper.

Step 2: Cut The Design

Next, use your Cricut machine to cut out the design. Load the design into the Cricut and follow on-screen prompts to cut it out. Use a fine point blade.

Once your design is cut out, weed away any excess vinyl around the design.

Step 3: Apply Decal 

Now it’s time to apply the decal to your project surface! Start by trimming away any excess white border around the decal.

Then, soak the decal in water for about 30 seconds to activate the adhesive and slide off the backing.

Place the wet decal on your surface. Use a squeegee or your fingers to smooth out any bubbles and wrinkles.

Step 4: Allow Decal to Dry

Allow the decal to dry for 24 hours before using or handling. You can also apply a clear top coat over the decal.

You’ve now made your waterslide decals with the Cricut machine.

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What Will Waterslide Decals Stick To?

Wine glass waterslide decal
You can easily customize wine glasses any way you like with waterslide decals.

Waterslide decal paper can be used on various surfaces.

  • Wood (sealed)
  • Glass
  • Ceramic (sealed)
  • Marble
  • Granite
  • Mirrors

To get the best results, make sure to use a smooth surface free of any dirt or debris.

If you are using waterslide decal paper on a porous surface like wood or ceramic, you must seal the surface before applying the decal.

This will help prevent the decal from absorbing moisture and lifting away from the surface. You can use a clear spray sealer or varnish for this step.

You can seal ceramic coasters with Mod Podge before applying your water decals.

Check out this video on how to use Mod Podge to make custom ceramic coasters – a perfect Cricut project!

Tips For Applying Waterslide Decals 

  • Soak the decal in water for about 30 seconds before placing it on your surface.
  • Slide the decal off of the backing very carefully to avoid tearing or wrinkling it.
  • Use a squeegee or your fingers to smooth out any bubbles and wrinkles.
  • Allow the decal to dry for 24 hours before using or handling.
  • If you are applying the decal to a porous surface, seal the surface first.
  • You can also apply a clear top coat over the decal to protect it.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I Use Waterslide Decal Paper On Glass?

A: Yes, you can use it on the glass as well as wood, ceramic, and more. Just make sure the surface is smooth and clean before applying.

Q: How Do I Seal A Porous Surface Before Applying The Decal?

A: You can use a clear spray sealer or varnish to seal the surface. This will help prevent the decal from absorbing moisture and lifting away from the surface.

Q: How Long Does It Take For The Decal To Dry?

A: Allow the decal to dry for 24 hours before using or handling. This will give it time to set correctly.

Wrapping Up

Now that you know how to make waterslide decals with a Cricut machine, the sky’s the limit in design and creativity!

Use your new skills to create unique and personalized gifts for friends and family, or start your own business making and selling custom decals.

Whatever you choose to do, have fun and enjoy getting crafty!

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