This is a tutorial for how to make your own car decals with or without a cutting machine like the Cricut.
Making your own car decal is super easy to do and actually doesn’t require that many materials.
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Materials for DIY Card Decals
Vinyl – My recommendation is to use Oracal 651 vinyl which is intended for outdoor use.
Most flat colored (as in non-holographic and non-glitter) vinyl has the same color on the sticky side. I would recommend putting vinyl decals on the inside of your car. Not all vinyl is weatherproof. Depending on how long you want this decal to last, you can consider using the decal on the outside if you live in a more moderate climate.
I also don’t recommend window cling for decals. It is really hard to transfer, especially if it is a detailed design.
Transfer Tape – Vinyl is really flimsy. I like to use Transfer tape to transfer it onto the window. Here are some great deals on transfer tape from Amazon.
A cutting machine is not absolutely necessary but it sure helps for more intricate designs and letters.
How to make car window decals at home
First, print the design on the backside of the vinyl sheet.
Then cut the design out.
If you don’t have a cutting machine, you will have to do this part by hand. If the design has multiple pieces, you will have to guess to keep them in place.
Also, be sure to mirror the design if you plan on placing it on the inside of the window.
Place the cutouts with the vinyl side down on the transfer sheet.
Peel off the backing.
How to make car decals with a Cricut
Making a car decal with the Cricut is super straight forward.
With your design in place, you can either Flip it in the Canvas view or turn on Mirror when you Make it.
If you choose to Flip the design, choose flip horizontal.
How to put vinyl on a car window
First, weed the negative parts of the design from the cutout.
Then place the transfer tape over the vinyl and scrape.
Peel the back off the transfer tape.
Place over the window and then scrape and peel.
Be sure to smooth out any air pockets.