How To Apply Leopard Print Pattern To A Starbucks Tumbler
Hey, friends! I’ve received a lot of requests for a how-to on this tumbler so here it is! It’s super simple!
First, lets talk supplies. These tumblers are sold at Starbucks locations for $3. Cant beat that price! For vinyl, I always use Oracal 651 from Expressions vinyl. For the leopard print I used the colors brown and light brown.
Step One: Design Space Setup
Once you’ve downloaded the design (which you can do here), upload it into Design Space and scale it to 8 inches wide if you want the same look as my cup. If you want smaller leopard spots, scale it down a bit. After you have it sized, click the ungroup button.
Next, hold shift and select each one of the light brown spots in the far right panel then click attach. This holds the spots in the exact space you see them in on the screen. Do the same thing for the dark brown spots; hold shift, select them all and then attach.
Now when you click continue the spots will hold their place on the mat. If you don’t attach the like colors together you’ll get this:
Which results in you having to put the pieces together like a puzzle. Doable, but not fun!
Step Two: Cut, Weed and Layer
Load the first color onto the mat, into the machine and cut. Repeat for the second color.
Weed both colors of vinyl.
Apply transfer tape to the dark brown spots using a scraper tool.
Then align the dark brown spots over the light brown and press down with your hands or the scraper tool to adhere them together.
Step Three: Apply Decals
At this point I just use scissors to cut apart the spots and apply by hand. I attempted to apply them as a whole in one swift movement and, well.. it wasn’t so swift. This way is MUCH easier.
Let the vinyl cure to the cup for at least 24 hours before filling it with hot or cold liquids!
If you have any questions leave me a comment below or send me an email. 🙂
Thank you for all your diys
Is there a specific way to upload the image? It will not separate the colors when uploading into design space.
Did you click the “ungroup” button?
The ungroup button is not available for me to click. When I upload it. Do I upload it “print and cut” or just regular? When I do regular it makes it all black and doesn’t have the ungroup button available.
You upload it as a cut file not a print and cut file. Did you download the SVG or PNG version?
Thank you!! I have been wanting to do this for my daughter and my friend and just didn’t know how! So so thankful for you sharing!
Yay! Happy to help! 🙂
When uploading image I am able to remove what I need in “clean up” then I go through “define” and when I get to save image it’s not separating the vinyl colors. It blends them into one. It gives me the option to save in printable form. But I can’t do that.
And thanks so much for the diy! I’m so happy to have found your page😀
Hey! When you upload the SVG you shouldn’t have to do any clean up. Just save it as is. Are you on an iPad?
Hi! Thanks for your tutorial on the Starbucks leopard print. I purchased the leopard pattern vinyl from Expressions Vinyl. How would you recommend applying that? Would it need to be cut at all? Or would it be just a pain to do without cutting? Or would it just be easy to do the way you did?
I’d appreciate your input.
Hi there, so the printed vinyl from expressions is what I use to add the circle around the Starbucks logo but for the cup in this tutorial I used brown and tan adhesive vinyls and cut leopard print shapes out of those. I wouldn’t recommend trying to cut the leopard spots out of the printed vinyl.
Hey I can only find the schedule file. Do you have it in a jpeg or png. I only have the basic edition of silhouette studio? Thanks for this awesome tutorial
Hey! I can only find an SVG file and I have silhouette basic. Do you have this in a PNG or JPEG file? Thanks for this awesome tutorial
Hey! Here’s the link to the PNG version: https://kaylamakes.com/download/leopard-print-png/
How can I do this from phone when u said to u group then go into layer and attach 1 color then the other I can’t attach from phone and gives them all scattered
I’ll try it from my phone and let you know!
hiiii, love the print! can we use this vinyl to sell cups? (commercial) or is this just a svg download for personal projects?
Sure can! 🙂
When I try to save the image, it wont save it. I go to “upload”, then “browse files”, then select the image in svg format, it asks me to name it, then I try to save it and there is nothing there…
Hello, do you by chance have a step by step for the silhouette? I’ve ungrouped it, but it’s not letting me separate the colors..
Oh that’s weird. I see what you mean. I’ll look into that today!
Hello. I cannot seem to find the link to download the Starbucks logo. Can you please help me? Thank you.
Hey! You can find them all under the free downloads tab here: https://kaylamakes.com/free-downloads/
Thank you so much! LOVE it. Turned out gorgeous.:)
Yay!! So glad!
Thank you for all your DIYs! Do you have to apply a seal over the cup?? What are the care instructions for these types of cups?
Thank YOU! So happy you find the site helpful! I don’t apply anything over mine to seal them, I just hand wash the inside of the cup really well and never scrub over the vinyl decal. Also, don’t let them soak in hot water for a long time because it melts the adhesive.
When I downloaded the file and went to upload it to design space, it says file isn’t supported. Tried right click and copy to paste into another program and couldn’t. Am I doing something wrong?
Hi, hopefully I can help. Did you download the SVG or PNG version of the file?
I wanted to say thank you for sharing and also if there’s an email we could contact you on to see if I can get some help.
Thanks so much! You can email me at email@example.com
Where can I find these cups in bulk for projects like these???
Hey! I haven’t been able to find the Starbucks branded ones in bulk anywhere. They’re sold in Starbucks stores for $3. You could probably find them in bulk without the Starbucks logo.
I am having trouble with attaching the spots. I did the dark spots first, selected them all and clicked attach, then did the same thing with the light spots, but it then turned all the spots, including the dark spots, light.
Hey! hmm, that’s strange! Did you try it again? It almost sounds like you accidentally had both sets selected when you clicked attach.
It took me a few times to attach the dark brown to get it to work, but on the third try, it miraculous work. Thank you so much for sharing this!
So happy you got it to work!! Thank YOU!
THANK YOU for the SVG and the tutorial!!MUCH appreciated!
What is the name of the vinyl or is it called printing vinyl? I am going to try to oder it but I wanted to make sure I order the correct printing sticker paper that used.
Hey! It’s called permanent adhesive vinyl. I use Oracal 651 which you can find at places like expressions vinyl or even amazon. I’ll link it for you here: https://shrsl.com/1y3o2
How do I do the attach in Silhouette Cameo?
Select all of the shapes that are the same color then right click and select “make compound path”.
Hello, hope all is well, can you please tell me the dimensions I should input to get the correct size for this wrap around for cold cups? Thank you!
Hey! It should be 10.944×6.75
thank you so much!!!
I am new to the silhouette software. I have never used a cutting machine and all I have done so far is some downloads. I have been working with rhinestones and just got my machine last week. I want to start cutting and move on to cups with glitter and epoxy. I just have to figure out how to start cutting! I am happy people like you have these files and info posted. Do I click on each spot seperate then compound path? Will it seperate the spots on the screen?
Why do i get the message “Not Supported BY Maker. Image too big” The dimensions im using are roughly 9″x6″
Try closing and restarting Design Space. 9×6 is definitely not too big.
Thanks for sharing can’t wait to do.
Thanks for this too
I downloaded a different cup wrap that was soo hard to do in one shot and I kinda felt like a failure because obviously other people can do this..thanks for sharing NOT everyone can. Thanks for the its “OK” if you know what I mean.
Kayla, I just found you on tiktok a weeks ago and I have learned so much!! I love creating and one day wish to learn how to design logos, sayings, etc or shirts, cups, wood, etc. THANK YOU for your help, tutorials, and designs. I believe we have to help others along our path and you certainly are doing that!