Making Car Stickers with Cricut Explore Air 2

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I am SOOOOO excited to share my latest project that I’ve made with my Cricut Explore Air 2. I’ve been tossing around this idea for literally years, but I never had a way to make it without trying to find someone to manufacture these stickers. I don’t know about you, but I never know what we’re eating for dinner, let alone how to find someone to make stickers for a reasonable cost. 🙂

To make stickers for your own car or window or whatever else, you’ll need the following along with your Cricut machine, mat, and weeding tools:

Premium Outdoor Glossy Vinyl

Transfer Tape

Scraper tool

Windex (to clean off your window)

Paper towels (to clean off your window)

SVG file from my Etsy shop

To begin with, upload the SVG files (one or all of them!) into Cricut Design Space. I resized them down to 3.75″ because that’s what I liked, but you can do it as large or as small as you’d like. That’s the beauty of SVG files, they are easily scalable. Your artboard should look like this:

Don’t forget to weld or attach your shapes or when you click “Make It”, you will have a hot mess and wonder what you’ve done wrong. Since this is going on a window, you do NOT need to mirror your image.

Cut out your shapes. Thankfully this doesn’t take long since the Explore Air 2 is super fast. I was so giddy at this point, I’m not sure I could’ve waited longer than a minute. Also, don’t just haphazardly cut your vinyl with scissors…. or do. Either way it still works.

Next you will need to cut your stickers down to size and weed out the excess vinyl. Use the original file on your Design Space for reference if you aren’t sure what to weed out.

Cut a piece of transfer tape to roughly 4″ square. Peel off the backing, then adhere it to the top of the vinyl. Use your large or small scraper tool to help adhere the transfer tape to the vinyl. This is REALLY, really important to make sure your vinyl transfers perfectly to your car window.

Clean your car window off with windex and a paper towel. I wiped mine down once more with a dry paper towel just to make sure it was clean and dry. Peel off the white backing from the vinyl. If any pieces of your vinyl don’t stick to the transfer tape, it’s ok. Just put the white backing back on, and hit it all again with the scraper tool.

Place the sticker on the window. Use your finger and fingernail to really push the vinyl onto your window. Carefully peel off the transfer tape and voila! You have a custom car sticker.

I LOVE these stickers. It’s kind of like a secret handshake to get into a club. Quilter’s will know you’re a quilter by seeing any of these stickers on your window, but you don’t have to have a sticker that literally says “quilter” on your car. 🙂

This was a really fast project and once you have the required materials, you can bust one of these out in 15 minutes. Wouldn’t they be such fun gifts for quilty friends? You can all have matching car tattoos for your quilting group!

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