The Best Summer Ever Freebie and Tutorial

July 14, 2014Allison Murray
It's going to be the best summer ever! Use this freebie to proudly proclaim it!

It's going to be the best summer ever! Use this freebie to proudly proclaim it!

So the other day Russell came into my office and wanted to know what I was up to. I proudly showed him the koozie I had just made and he wondered “what in the world is that?” I know I must have looked at him like he was an idiot because it was obvious… I made a logo for my family reunion/vacation. Duh. And then he said “of course you did”. Hmm.

Nonplussed I kept on keeping on and made 10 koozies for family members plus matching tees for my nephews which I’ll share after I can snap some cute pics of! Each koozie has a name on the backside so that we all keep track of our beverages easily. Because we tend to go through disposable cups like they’re growing on trees or something. No one wants to drink after anyone else and so instead of chancing it, all of the waters on the dock will be tossed out and new ones made again. It’s terribly wasteful.

It's going to be the best summer ever! Use this freebie to proudly proclaim it!

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And though sometimes we’ll remember to mark our cups, at least 75% of the time we don’t. So these koozies are functional, super cute and totally helping the world/environment. I am practically a crafty saint :)

To be honest I didn’t so much as make it as I modified something I found online. Which I cannot find online again today. BUT I’ll link to the original source when I can track that silly thing down.  But let’s hit it…

It's going to be the best summer ever! Use this freebie to proudly proclaim it!

For this project you will need:

  • Silhouette Cut File OR SVG File <— people keep asking for these though I don’t know why anyone would need it… inform me in the comments?
  • foam koozies (mine are from Hobby Lobby and are half off since we are smack dab in the middle of summer)
  • vinyl
  • vinyl transfer paper

It's going to be the best summer ever! Use this freebie to proudly proclaim it!

Cut your Best Summer Ever file out onto vinyl that will be seen well on top of your koozie. Weed the excess. Take care because all of those little lines can be a bear.

It's going to be the best summer ever! Use this freebie to proudly proclaim it!

Take a piece of vinyl transfer paper and smack it on top. Use a card or tool to smooth the transfer paper on well.

It's going to be the best summer ever! Use this freebie to proudly proclaim it!

Slowly peel up the transfer paper and the vinyl will come with it! I say slowly because you may need to go back over the front side with a card to get all to adhere well. If you do need to, just put the paper back down, repeat the rub on and try again!

It's going to be the best summer ever! Use this freebie to proudly proclaim it!

Now, technically those lines and that grid should help you to center this thing well and you can do that if you want to. I figure grids are for wussies. :) Use your card to push the vinyl onto the koozie.

It's going to be the best summer ever! Use this freebie to proudly proclaim it!

Slowly peel off the transfer paper…

It's going to be the best summer ever! Use this freebie to proudly proclaim it!

and the vinyl will be left behind!

It's going to be the best summer ever! Use this freebie to proudly proclaim it!

Isn’t that so much fun? I can’t wait to see my whole family toting these cuties around. Hoping you’re having a fab summer :) And be sure to check out even more Silhouette projects in this month’s Silhouette Challenge!

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Comments (17)

  • Kerri KC

    July 14, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    What a great idea! They are so cute!

  • Alexis @ Persia Lou

    July 14, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    These are so cute! Love the design!

  • Lisa @ greylustergirl

    July 14, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Thanks for the file Allison! Great job with the foam koozies!

  • [email protected] Made. Interest.

    July 14, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    That design is awesome and the drink koozie idea is great! I’m going to have to do this for our next party, none of us can ever keep up with our drinks either, lol!

  • Randi Sowders

    July 14, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    These are great! I haven’t seen cozies in ages!

  • Dawn Marie

    July 14, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Those are amazing! I would love to know how the vinyl hold up. We love koozies in our family and would love to make some for our next reunion.

    p.s. not sure why your husband was confused when saw them, I totally got what you were doing ;)

  • Bethany

    July 14, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    These look so perfect! Amazing job!

  • Andrea

    July 14, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Vinyl on Koozies…why did I not ever put these two together?!

  • Stephanie @ Sandpaper and Glue

    July 14, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    that is freaking awesome, I love it!

  • Dee @ From Wine to Whine

    July 16, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    COOZIES! What a great idea.. I mean who doesn’t love them? And the fact that they are customized makes them 1000 times better! Nice job!

  • Alisha Landreth

    July 16, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    THESE ARE SO AWESOME!!! Seriously! Thanks for sharing such an awesome project!

  • Emily @ Two Purple Couches

    July 18, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    These are perfect for summer parties and grill-outs! Cute idea!!

  • Karen Marie Kedzuch

    July 19, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    Allison,
    We have a family picnic coming up soon. I also have a lake house where Koozies are quite popular. Now I can tackle this with easy and then my hubby will look at me strange. LOL
    Great job!
    Karen Marie
    Dragonfly & Lily Pads

  • Brandi

    June 23, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    Question — does the image have to be printed backward? Or won’t it need to at least be stuck onto the vinyl paper with the image reversed so that it can stick to the koozie with the correct side facing out?

    1. Allison Murray

      June 24, 2015 at 11:47 AM

      If using on a shirt you’ll need to reverse it for the HTV. But if you’re using regular vinyl you do not flip it.

  • Renee

    August 24, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    Did you use HTV vinyl or regular vinyl?

    1. Allison Murray

      August 24, 2015 at 9:51 PM

      For this project I used regular vinyl. I was worried I might melt the foam and have to buy new koozies and a new iron!

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