I often get asked what is the best way to create the DIY water bottle wraps sold in the Ellison Reed shop. Below is a list of tips and tricks to make your DIY water bottle wraps perfect for your party!
Waterproof Vinyl Label Sheets
The first option for the type of paper to use is my favorite. Waterproof vinyl label sheets. You can purchase this type of paper at several online shops, just Google waterproof vinyl label sheets and you will come up with some good options.
Waterproof label sheets come in options for laser printers or inkjet printers. They also have an adhesive back so you don’t have to mess with tape to stick them around the water bottle. I suggest purchasing the 8.5” x 11” full sheet and then trim down each of the wrapper designs once printed. Waterproof label sheets are great if you are wanting to keep drinks cold before setting them out for your party. Although, these are great to use they can get a little expensive. So, if your party is on a budget or like to save money like I do, then I have a few other options for you.
Photo Paper And Card Stock
Glossy and matte photo paper are other great options. I typically use matte photo paper for all my party designs. The color quality on matte photo paper is wonderful! Glossy paper is also wonderful, prints great colors, and gives a professional printed look. Some glossy photo papers are even waterproof! (Always make sure to adjust your printer to the right settings for the type of paper you are using and print on a high quality print setting to get the best print quality.)
Card stock is the other option I use as well. If you are taking the designs to a print shop then this will probably be your best option. I always ask to see all of their card stock option and photo paper options so that I can do test prints and then decide what will make the designs look best.
These paper options are good options if you are going to leave the water bottles room temperature. If you use these types of papers and want the labels waterproof, but also want to save on money, then follow the DIY tutorial below for waterproofing your water bottle labels with clear contact paper or clear packaging tape.
DIY Waterproofing Water Bottle Drink Wrap Tutorial
• Cutting Mat
• Sharp Blade Or Scissors
• Clear Contact Paper Or Clear Packaging Tape (at least 2 inches wide)
• Ruler Or Straight Edge
• Double Sided Tape
Step 1: The first thing you will want to do is print off the drink wrap designs you will be using. Above, I am using the nautical birthday drink wrap designs from the Ellison Reed shop. The type of paper I love to use for these designs is matte photo paper but you can also use card stock.
Step 2: You will need to trim each drink wrap design down with scissors or a sharp blade. I use a sharp blade and a ruler so that I get a very straight cut. (watch out for those fingers if using a sharp blade. They can get in the way very easily!)
Step 3: After trimming the designs down, you will then want to use clear contact paper (or you can also use clear packaging tape *see side note) to make strips that will go on the front and back side of each drink wrap design. Cut each strip a little bigger than each drink wrap design. This will make it easy to line up the contact paper when placed on both sides of the design. You will also want to leave extra contact paper around the drink wrap so that water can not get to the paper. (see step 5 )
*Side note – if you are using clear packaging tape make sure the tape is at least 2 inches wide. The drink wrap designs are also 2 inches wide, so you will have to trim down the top and bottom of each design. There will need to be extra packing tape over the sides of the design to create a trim to keep the water away from the paper. You will also have to be very careful about lining up the packaging tape with the design because the tape is not as wide.
Step 4: Next, you want to peel the backing off one of the strips you cut. Place the contact paper on a flat surface with the sticky side up. Take the drink wrap design and place it on top of the contact paper. You will want to smooth out any air bubbles until the contact paper is smooth across the design. Then repeat the same step on the other side and smooth the extra contact paper around the edges together so that it creates a seal around the drink wrap design.
Step 5: Now you will want to trim the extra contact paper down. Make sure to leave a small trim of contact paper around all sides of the design. The trim will create a seal around the paper and keep water away from the design.
Step 6: The last step is to wrap the design around the water bottle and tape in place. I like to use double sided tape, works great! Now enjoy your homemade DIY waterproof drink wrap design!
ONE LAST WATERPROOFING OPTION!
Yes, that is right! I have one more option for you. If you have access to a laminator machine this can also be used as a way to waterproof your design. A good place to find a laminator machine is at your local learning store (teacher store) or most local print shops have them as well. I have found that my local learning store is a lot cheaper than the print stores, so you might want to check around for prices.
When running the design through the laminator make sure not to place each design too close together. You will want to cut the design down and leave a small trim around the design. The trim will keep the water out and your design dry!
Now you are on your way to creating fun DIY drink wrap designs that will be the talk of the party!