“What’s the best vinyl sticker machine?”
“How do I weed and transfer my stickers to their final destination?”
In this guide, we will introduce you to the most popular sticker maker machines. We will also provide resources and tutorials that can have you cutting, weeding and transferring your first vinyl decal in less than 30 minutes.
Our featured sticker cutters include:
Creating your own stickers isn’t just a fun hobby.
It can be a fantastic way to make money, too.
Vinyl decals sell with a big mark-up, often 300-500% the production cost. This can make it a lucrative and viable home business, or simply a fun second source of income.
Whether you are looking to find a professional sticker making machine for commercial purposes, or simply to have a whole lot of fun crafting at home, here’s our selection of the very best cutters on the market.
Here’s a sneak peek at our top 3:
|Cricut Explore Air 2||Silhouette Cameo 4||Sizzix Big Shot|
|Best For…||Ease of Use and Efficiency||Size and Versatility||Value|
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- 1 Best Vinyl Sticker Machines: Our Picks for Cutting Stickers
- 2 Vinyl Sticker Sheets: The Best Deals
- 3 Interesting Resources
Best Vinyl Sticker Machines: Our Picks for Cutting Stickers
Creating your own vinyl decals is a three-step process.
- Creating (or importing) the designs via software
- Cutting them with a suitable machine
- Weeding and transferring the cuts to their final destination. Or simply peeling them for application.
While you don’t absolutely have to use a cutting machine to make great stickers, they will save you time and make your life easier.
Here’s our pick of the best sticker cutters:
Vinyl Sticker Sheets: The Best Deals
Once you have a suitable cutting machine, you can get down to the fun business of creating your own stickers.
This is an area of crafts where the learning curve is as big as you want it to be.
There are some fantastic sticker designers out there. Many enthusiasts and beginners quickly learn how to turn their love in to a viable small business.
However, it’s not just a machine for the stickers you’ll need. It’s the actual materials, too.
A stylish vinyl sticker pack, creative commons via Mr. Switch CRS FERc
What are some of the top vinyl supplies that every sticker designer should have?
Well, first and foremost… the vinyl itself.
There are some nice deals to be had on Amazon:
Inkpress Media Adhesive Vinyl pack
First we have a budget-friendly permanent self-adhesive material with a high bleached, water resistant inkjet coating. These Inkpress sheets are suitable for application both indoors and outdoors.
Not quite as glossy as some of the other vinyl sheets we’ve seen, but at such a good price for 20 sheets, it’s a decent deal. Super durable.
Vinyl Ease, Permanent Adhesive Backed 30 Sheet Pack
This is a great vinyl sticker starter pack.
It includes 30 sheets of adhesive-backed vinyl in a variety of colors. Each sheet is 6″ by 12″, nice and glossy. Durability is over 5 years for indoors, up to 5 years for outdoors.
We recommend this as a starter pack so that you can get a feel for each of the colors and test their application. The downside is that if you find one you like, you will need to buy further supplies — as there’s only one sheet per color.
The bundle is also suitable for those running larger vinyl decals operations who may have an occasional need for ‘odds and ends’ in different colors.
Always good to have an emergency supply!
Expressions Vinyl, Inkjet Printable 5 Pack
Expressions Vinyl has this five-pack of plain white inkjet printable vinyl with a lovely matte finish.
They are suitable for use with or without laminate — although we highly recommend laminate for outdoor use, especially if the stickers aren’t printed using UV ink.
The sheets are 8.5 by 11 inches.
The material is strong, thick and durable; perfect for making bumper stickers, production labels, graphics or window decals.
Cricut Printable Vinyl for Die-Cuts
This pack includes 10 sheets of 8.5″ by 11″ white printable vinyl.
Cricut’s sheets are designed for inkjet printers and the Print Then Cut feature of the Cricut Explore machines.
To create your own stickers, you select the custom setting Printable Vinyl to achieve a lighter kiss cut. This cuts through the vinyl but leaves the backing intact for easy application.
By the way, you don’t have to own a Cricut machine to use these sticker sheets. They work just as well with a Silhouette cutter. 😉
Once you’ve caught the bug for making stickers, it can rapidly turn in to a full-blown small crafts addiction.
Hey, we’ve all been there…
Here are some interesting articles and videos related to vinyl sticker crafts that we thought you might enjoy:
How to Make DIY ‘Vinyl’ Decals (Without Vinyl) — Melissa and Stephanie have an excellent guide to making vinyl stickers and decals without the use of a Silhouette, Cricut or any other diecutting machine. Their secret? A printable and cuttable vinyl-like material that isn’t actually vinyl!
StickerYou — As an alternative to buying your own vinyl sticker machine, you can upload or create your designs on StickerYou and have them do the cutting for you. They specialize in high quality custom stickers, labels, decals, iron-on labels and temporary tattoos. The service is expensive for single designs ($9.99 for 1 page of white vinyl stickers), but for those who have a one-off cut requirement, it is cheaper than buying the equipment yourself.
How to Create Stickers with Silhouette Studio — Below is a great video tutorial on how to create stickers in Silhouette Studio by YouTube user CraftyMe83.
How to Make a Vinyl Car Window Decal Using the Silhouette Cameo Portrait — Another nice video tutorial showing how to create, cut, weed and transfer vinyl car stickers with the Silhouette Cameo, via TheRhinestoneWorld.
How to Make Customized Stickers with a Cricut — In contrast, some craft fans prefer the Cricut series over Silhouette. Here is a nice video from Michelle Greatness on how she makes customized stickers using her Cricut Explore machine. It includes a step-by-step process from the software/design stage.
What is your favorite vinyl sticker machine? Are there any supplies you couldn’t live without?
Any tips you’d like to share?
We’d love to hear from you!