I have always been super impressed with people who have laptops covered in stickers! It’s an easy way to express yourself! I’ve never been able to find stickers that spoke to me though, so that’s why I set out to master my own decals! I discovered waterside paper while looking for ways to customize mugs, and I have been addicted ever since. You can do just about everything with them! You can use the same method outlined here for glass or ceramic as well!
What you’ll need
- Waterslide Decal Paper in clear (This is made for both inkjet and laser printers, so make sure you have the right one for your printer paper)
- A bowl of water
- Crystal Clear Acrylic Spray
- Optional: a sealant
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- Create your image on your computer. I make mine in Photoshop and then copy it to work to size it. Print your decal on REGULAR paper first in order to check the size and placement.
- Print your image on the decal paper. Make sure only have one paper in the tray at a time, and you are printing on the shiny side. Check your specific paper instructions for printing quality. I’ve found that for most prints normal printing quality is the most effective. Once you’ve printed, wait at least 30 minutes for the ink to dry completely.
- In a well ventilated room, spray at least 3 coats of acrylic spray. Once again, wait for this to fully dry. It should take at least 30 minutes depending on the size.
- Cut out your image carefully. These things often look best if they have a border you can cut around.
- Place the decal into the bowl of water so it is fully submerged. My decal paper instructions said to leave it in for 45 seconds, but that was more than enough. 10 seconds has been the best time in my experience. You’ll know the paper is ready once the edges begin to lift from the backing.
- Carefully place the decal where you want it on your surface. Slowly slide the decal from the paper. It took me a few mess ups to get this right, so don’t be frustrated if it isn’t perfect. Use a sponge or cloth to carefully smooth your image, being sure to get all of the bubbles and water out from underneath. Dry carefully.
- Allow your decal to dry before being rough with it. Apply a sealant for more lasting power. If you’re decorating a ceramic surface, such as a mug, you can set it in the oven and turn it on to 300 degrees. Make sure you let the mug stay in the oven WHILE it’s heating. It needs to heat slowly to avoid breaking. Leave it in the oven for 30 minutes for a good seal.