In my last post I had mentioned that we brought our own water bottles onto the Disney Cruise to use outside of dining hours.Well, I got really ambitious the week before the cruise and decided to surprise my family by making them water bottles with their name and favorite Disney character on it. I got this idea from House of Hepworths.
I borrowed a silhouette machine from a friend to do this project and I never want to give it back. I love this machine!
DIY Custom Disney Water Bottle
1. Water Bottles
Cost of Materials:
1. Silhouette Cameo
|Total Cost: Around $3.00 each|
I started this project by leaving a cryptic message on Facebook asking all my family that was going on the cruise to post what their top two favorite Disney characters were. This was fun because they knew I was doing something but had no idea what it was.
I downloaded a free Disney font to use for the text on the water bottle.
The Disney characters that I used came from a Google image search. I got the best results with the images that were coloring book pages or cutouts (basically the ones with no backgrounds). You need a medium – large image file for this to work. You can sort your results by image size (on left sidebar). I saved the image to my computer and opened it in Silhouette Studio.
Here are a few tips that I have after making eight of these water bottles:
- Find images with fatter lines. If the lines get too thin they don’t stick very well and are also a lot harder to weed the middles out. I ended up redoing Stitch and Peter Pan after the cruise because they were starting to peel away. The second time around I really increased the line size.
- The less detail in a character the better. A lot of the newer characters don’t work as well because of all the detail. For me Stitch and Wall-E were the hardest and Mickey and Donald were the easiest.
- Peeling away the vinyl is time consuming and requires patience. I love detailed work like this but some don’t.