Learn how to make your own DIY customized Starbucks cups in this step-by-step tutorial. These personalized and reusable cups are great for gifts, parties, and special events!
I. Love. Coffee. In fact, I have no shame in admitting that it’s coffee that’s fueling my productivity this month … well, that and your enthusiasm, of course! (Thank you!) Many people share my love for coffee, and Starbucks coffee in particular. There’s one just five minutes from my house. The baristas there may or may not recognize us by our order and our voices in the drive-through lane. Again, no shame! If you’re a Starbucks coffee lover like me, or know one, I have a fun project for you — a personalized Starbucks cup! So for Day 14 of The Great Maker 25-Day Gift-Away Challenge, I am showing you how to make your own DIY customized Starbucks cups that you can wash and re-use over and over!
I’ve designed my customized Starbucks decals in two ways. Either you can just put a personalized ring around the existing Starbucks logo that’s preprinted on Starbucks cups, or you can create a full decal from scratch and put it pretty much anywhere you want … even on something like a pretty glitter tumbler. My decal has a crafty lady on it instead of a mermaid, because crafty is as good as coffee! So you get to choose which decal type works best for you.
Now, a couple of things about the Starbucks decal rings. First, while some of the Starbucks logos on the cups are perfect circles, most are not. So you’ll want to measure your logo to know its exact dimensions and whether or not it’s a circle or an oval before you make your ring. I will show you how to do that, as well as how to resize a ring to fit your cup’s logo size. I have free ring patterns for both the perfect circle logos and the oval logos.
Second, the real fun of this project is personalizing the ring with a name! So I will show you how to do that in Cricut Design Space using the built-in Curve Text feature on the Desktop version. But don’t worry — I won’t leave out those of you who are on iOS and Android which do not currently have the Curve Text feature in their versions of Design Space. I will show you another way to curve text inside Design Space.
For this project, I’m primarily using 16 oz. reusable plastic Starbucks cups (the Grande size). I’ve also put the decals on various other Starbucks cups I found so you can see how that works, too!
See exactly how to make these Starbucks style to-go coffee cups in my tutorial video (or keep scrolling if you prefer a step-by-step photo tutorial):
The designs for the cup decals are free on my blog! So let me show you how to find them then you can make your own! You can customize your own or use my free files!
Ready to make your own DIY customized Starbucks cup? Let’s do this! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure policy.
Materials to Make DIY Customized Starbucks Cups
- Something to put your vinyl decals on, such as:
- Hot/Cold Plastic Starbucks Cups, 16 oz. Grande size (you can buy a bunch of them at once)
- Cold Drink Starbucks Tumblers, 24 oz. Venti size
- 2019 Winter Holiday Holographic Cup 16 oz Grande size
- A plain white ceramic or stainless steel tumbler
- A glitter tumbler (see my glitter tumbler tutorial here and my ombre tutorial here)
- Permanent adhesive vinyl in the color(s) of choice (One logo is about 4 inches in diameter)
- Weeding tools (scraper tool, spatula and weeding tool)
- Transfer Tape
- StandardGrip cutting mat (the 12″ x 12″ size)
- A way to cut your permanent adhesive vinyl (I used the amazing Cricut cutting machine!)
- Design #179 – My free SVG design files and template (available in my free resource library—get the password by filling out the form at the bottom of this page)
How to Make Customized Starbucks To-Go Coffee Cups!
Step 1: Get My Free Starbucks Cup Decal cut files
My free customized Starbucks cup SVG cut files are ready and waiting in my library for you. Get the free Starbucks cup files (Design #179) from my free resource library (get the password to the library in the form at the bottom of this post).
Step 2: Upload the Starbucks Decal Files to Cricut Design Space.
Here is what the Starbucks Decal SVG cut file will look like when you upload it to Cricut Design Space:
Tip: If you’re not sure how to upload an SVG cut file to Cricut Design Space, watch this helpful video training series I made. If you’re on an iPhone or iPad, here’s how to download and upload SVG files to the Cricut Design Space app.
Decide which of the designs you want to use and hide or delete the rest.
To do this, with the designs selected, click on the ungroup button, then select each design you don’t need and either click the red X to delete or click the eye for that design in the layers panel to hide it.
The logos are sized appropriately for the 16 oz. to-go travel cup (the “Greg’s Coffee” cup in the video). If you use a different cup, you will probably have to size the logos to the dimensions needed for your cup.
The logos that are designed with no center will be slightly larger in size to encompass the Starbucks lady on the cup.
To completely cover all of the Starbucks design on the cup, you will need to cut a solid white circle to use with the Crafty Lady logo.
This will allow you to have a solid white background to lay the logo on before applying it to the cup.
Step 3: Measure Your Starbucks Logo and Resize Your Rings
It’s important to measure your Starbucks logo, because they aren’t all the same size or shape on all the cups. Seriously! Some are perfectly round, others a little ovalish. So measure both the width and height. If the two numbers are the same, use the “circle logo” files. If the two numbers are different, use the “oval logo” files.
Step 4: Customize the Rings with Your Name or Text!
If you’re not using the pre-designed logos in the file, you can put the words you want to use on the blank logo and slice them out.
To get a good view of the logo, zoom in on your design using the plus sign in the bottom left hand corner of the Design Space window.
Click on the Text Tool to begin typing the words that you want on your logo. I recommend uppercase letters. I used Cricut Sans Bold for my Greg’s Design.
With the Crafty Lady logo still grouped, place the word(s) you are going to use on the top half of the logo over the logo.
With the word(s) still selected, use the curve button to shape the word into a curve to fit on the logo top half.
You may also want to adjust the letter spacing using the Letter Spacing button.
Adjust the overall size of the word(s) if needed to get a good fit inside the top half of the logo.
Follow the same steps above to get the word(s) that you want on the bottom half of the logo.
Once you have your words the size you want and in the place you want them on the logo, you will want to slice the words out of the logo so the white of the cup can be seen through them.
To do this you will need to select the top word(s) and the logo together (click on the top words first with the mouse, hold down the shift key on the keyboard and click on the logo layer the word(s) are on). With both objects selected, the slice button at the bottom of the layers panel will become active. Click Slice. (If the Slice button is not active most likely you may have more than the two layers selected).
Delete the layers that were sliced out (usually two layers, the words and the pieces of the logo removed).
Follow the same steps to remove the word(s) from the bottom half of the layer. After deleting the sliced out images, select the whole logo and click the ATTACH button on the bottom of the layers panel to keep everything together when cutting.
Step 5: Cut Your Vinyl
Using a green StandardGrip mat, place your permanent vinyl FACE UP the cutting mat. Remember to select the proper cutting material, and load your fine-point blade into your Cricut machine.
Note: Not sure which side of the vinyl goes down on your mat? Read my guide here!
Step 6: Weed Your Cut Design
Once cut, carefully weed the excess vinyl from your decal using a weeding tool.
Once your design is weeded, apply regular transfer tape to the Crafty Lady logo. Use your scraper tool to get a good adherence between the vinyl and the transfer tape. Remove the paper backing off your Crafty Lady logo vinyl decal.
Step 7: Apply the Logo to the Cup
Lay the Crafty Lady logo vinyl design on top of the white circle and use your scraper tool to adhere the two layers together.
To minimize bubbles, bring the two sides of the logo together so the middle of the logo can be laid down on the cup first.
Roll one side of the logo down on to the cup at a time.
Step 8: Smooth out the Design on the Cup
Use the scraper tool to smooth out the design and get a good adherence to the cup.
Now you can remove the transfer tape and the vinyl design should stay on the cup! And that’s it! Now make yourself some coffee and take a break!
I suggest handwashing your cups to prolong the life of the vinyl on the cup.
Get my free DIY Customized Starbucks Cup designs and SVG cut files