Whale Mason Jug – DIY Vinyl Decals

Hi Friends!

It’s still Whale Week at Paper & Fox.  Monday, I shared my Whale Tote Bag  and today I will show you how to make some really cute whale glasses. Mason jars,whales and vinyl, oh my.

This is a really easy tutorial on making your own vinyl decals that you can add to anything, including drinking glasses.

Whale Mason Jug

diy vinyl decal

 Awesome {DIY} vinyl whale decal perfect for any summer get together by Paper & Fox

I do not have a cricut design and cut machine. It just not in my budget right now.  This project is done the old fashion way… with scissors.

I love mason jugs. I am attempting to cut back on my plastic use and I am pretty clumsy. A mason jug is right up my alley. I had two of these guys lying around and I knew that they should be involved in “Whale Week”.


I picked a roll of Cricut Vinyl in Midnight from the craft store.

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I used a little whale sticker that my boys had laying around as my template.

Whale Mason Jug - DIY Vinyl Decals

I traced the sticker on the vinyl and used SCISSORS to cut the whale shapes. I cleaned the outside of the mason jars with rubbing alcohol. Then, I simply removed the backing from the vinyl and attached the whales to the jugs.

Whale Mason Jug - DIY Vinyl Decals

Whale Mason Jug - DIY Vinyl Decals

I have done some research, and allegedly the decals will hold up in the dishwasher.  It was a really simple way to personalize my little mason jugs.   My mind is running with all the amazing things that I can create with the vinyl.

Initials, animals, vehicles, skylines… I am pumped! I will keep you posted on how it holds up.

DIY Vinyl Mason Jugs by Paper & Fox



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20 Responses to Whale Mason Jug – DIY Vinyl Decals

  1. Lauren @ The Thinking Closet May 21, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

    Yay! Whale Week continues and this is another cutie project; also, even though I have a Silhouette, sometimes it’s WAY faster and easier just to go the old-fashioned route with scissors or an exacto knife like you did here. Ain’t no need to complicate things! Well done, Carmody.

    • Carmody Tisdale May 22, 2014 at 7:03 am #

      Thank you so much Lauren. I am not going to pretend that I wouldn’t love a silhouette, but sharp scissors are a great tool. Happy Memorial Day.

  2. Irene (One O) May 22, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    super easy and super cute! wondering if I can cut a flamingo with scissor…

    Irene xxxxx

    • carmody May 22, 2014 at 12:42 pm #

      A flamingo would look fantastic!

  3. Heather Smith {Woods of Bell Trees} May 23, 2014 at 2:51 am #

    Oh my goodness! Those little whales are SUPER cute! Awesome job!

    • carmody May 23, 2014 at 12:53 pm #

      Thanks Heather!

  4. Alex May 23, 2014 at 9:44 am #

    These are SO cute! Thank you for sharing!!

    • carmody May 23, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

      Thanks Alex!

  5. Alex | Thrifty Below May 23, 2014 at 12:46 pm #

    You mugs are so cute, with and without the whales! I don’t have a Silhouette/Cricut either, so this project is right up my alley. Thanks for sharing! Stopping by from #thatsfreshfriday

    • carmody May 23, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

      Thanks Alex! Scissors are a magnificent and cheap tool.

  6. Karren Haller May 24, 2014 at 8:37 am #

    Im thinking this is a whale of an idea, how cute it is!!
    Join me in my Weekend Hop
    Have a safe weekend

    • carmody May 24, 2014 at 7:45 pm #

      Thank you so much Kerren.

  7. cestlavie22 May 27, 2014 at 10:22 am #

    Simple and cute! My kind of DIY craft!

    • carmody May 27, 2014 at 4:27 pm #

      Thanks Shaeleen!

  8. Sonia July 30, 2014 at 1:21 pm #

    Hi there just curious, how did the vinyl hold up in the dishwasher?

    This are too cute, we mostly use mason jars at my house and I cant wait to do this!

    • carmody July 30, 2014 at 6:34 pm #

      Sonia, the vinyl has totally held up. We have washed them on the top and bottom row in the dishwasher on all different settings.

      • Sonia August 5, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

        Awesome thanks!!


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