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DIY Secrets for Creating Glass Transfers

March 6, 2016  |  
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Here at StickerYou HQ, we're always thinking outside the box to find awesome new DIY tips and tricks for you to try out at home. With a little bit of experimentation, we discovered that you can customize your own beautiful antique-chic glass transfers with a surprising secret weapon… temporary tattoos!

Yup, you read that right. StickerYou’s distinctive temporary tattoos are great for creating quick and inexpensive glass transfers to transform your home decor, homemade candles, wedding tableware, and so much more into antique treasures.

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Temporary tattoo transfers create a matte look so if you’re looking for a glossier application, opt out of temporary tattoos for individualized stickers. You can create your sticker and temporary tattoo transfers in our Sticker Maker and we will ship your creation right to your door.

Note: We recommend choosing either white vinyl or clear vinyl material for stickers.

Check out our Maker Series tutorial to see how it’s done:

Material Needed

To get started, gather the materials you need for this project. These include:

  • Your chosen glass container
  • Temporary tattoos or custom stickers
  • Scissors
  • Soft cloth or towel
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Paper towels

You can substitute temporary tattoos with your choice of custom stickers, depending on the results you want to achieve. Temporary tattoos create a sleek matte finish, while custom stickers give you a glossy appearance and more vibrant color.

How to Make Glass Transfers with Temporary Tattoos?

1. Take your temporary tattoo and cut closely around the graphic.
2. Peel the clear plastic layer from the tattoo and place the graphic ink side down on the glass surface.
3. Use a wet cloth or sponge and cover the entire glass transfer, holding for 10-15 seconds.
4. Slide the backing paper off and let your applied image air-dry.

How to Make Glass Transfers with Stickers?

1. Peel your sticker off the sticker sheet.
2. Center the sticker onto your glass surface and stick it into place. Make sure you smooth out any air bubbles.

How to Make Vinyl Stickers For Glass?

If you want to personalize your glass container even further, you can make your own original vinyl stickers instead of purchasing a pack from the craft store. Here’s how you can DIY your sticker design:

Step 1: Choose Your Design
First is choosing the design you want to decorate your glass containers with. Brainstorm design ideas and plan your concept.

It can be anything, from a beautiful floral piece to your favorite cartoon characters. If you’re planning to use the glass container as marketing or promotional merchandise, you can even use your company logo or slogan to decorate it.

Step 2: Select the Appropriate Materials
Once you’ve decided on your custom sticker design, it’s time to identify what materials will suit it best. Vinyl is the recommended sticker material because of its durability and shiny finish.

But there are plenty of types of vinyl you have to choose from, including rolled, wrap, high tack, static cling, reflective, translucent, or cut. The best one depends on the unique requirements of your project.

Step 3: Print Out Your Design
With your design and vinyl material on hand, you can proceed to print out your design. A home printer will do, as long as it’s capable of printing on vinyl sticker paper. If you don’t have one, you can also order your custom stickers from Sticker You.

Once your sticker has been printed, cut it to your desired size. We recommend leaving a thin margin around the design for a cleaner and more seamless application to your glass container.

Step 4: Apply the Vinyl Sticker
Finally, it’s time to apply your custom vinyl sticker onto your glass container. Before you do so, though, make sure to clean the surface thoroughly to get rid of dust, moisture, or dirt that can compromise the adhesive.

Remove the sticker’s backing paper and carefully place it on the glass surface, starting with one corner and proceeding gradually. Smoothen out the sticker and remove air bubbles.


There you have it! Enjoy your new glass transfers! If you need help with creating your glass transfers, contact us via Live Chat for instant support or email [email protected] to use our art and design services.

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