How to Put Inkjet Decals on Mugs

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How to Put Inkjet Decals on Mugs
Making your own decals is a great way to customise a plain mug. (mug image by guy from

Printing your own decals using an inkjet printer allows you to personalise items such as mugs. When applying the decals, it is important to get it just right for a streamlined look and to avoid having to repeat the process. A couple of common household items can help in applying the decals and having customised mugs in no time.

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Things you need

  • Inkjet decals
  • Masking tape
  • Butter knife

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  1. 1

    Cut a piece of masking tape the same length as the decal. Stick half of it to the decal's top half, leaving the other half of the tape off of the decal's edge.

  2. 2

    Place the decal onto the mug, pressing down on the masking tape to secure it. Move it around until you are sure that it is properly aligned.

  3. 3

    Lift up the bottom of the decal and remove the paper backing.

  4. 4

    Carefully press the decal onto the mug.

  5. 5

    Remove the masking tape.

  6. 6

    Flatten out any bubbles or wrinkles that the decal may have using the back of a butter knife. Move it back and forth across the decal until it is smooth and secure.

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