Party Favor Idea for All Ages – Personalized Water Bottles!

If you’re having trouble coming up with a party favor that would work for all ages and both boys and girls, consider personalized water bottles. For my daughter’s second birthday, I was having trouble coming up with a favor that would work for a variety of guests, ranging from toddler girls to high school boys, and this fit the bill!

Personalized Water BottlesWhat’s also nice is that personalized water bottles can work for any party theme, simply fill the bottles with items related to your theme. In this case, I filled the bottles with candy and anything Hello Kitty related. Kids with unusual names love this favor most, because they never see items with their names on them! I personalized these bottles using my Cricut Expression. If you don’t own a die cutting machine, like the cricut, and are interested in having something like this done for your party, feel free to contact me! Meanwhile, if you do want to make this on your own:

What You’ll Need:

  • Water bottles (bought cheapie BPA-free ones from Target)
  • Outdoor vinyl adhesive, 12″ x 12″ (cut at least 10 names/sheet)
  • Transfer paper or blue painter’s tape
  • Cricut Expression (or a die cutting machine)
  • Gypsy, Make The Cut, or compatible design software

How To Make Personalized Water Bottles:

  1. Based on the size of your bottle, estimate how much space you have for fitting names on your bottle. In my case, I wanted the names to be no more than 1 1/2 inches tall and 4 1/3 inches wide.
  2. Design the names in Gypsy (or you can use design software compatible with your die cutting machine).
  3. Cut the names on your cricut using outdoor vinyl adhesive. It’s important to use outdoor vinyl as opposed to regular vinyl since these bottles will be getting washed a lot. You don’t want the vinyl to peel off as easy. I bought mine online from Expressions Vinyl. When cutting the names, do a kiss cut. You don’t want to cut all the way through to the backing, rather you want to cut through the first layer only. To do this, set your speed, pressure, and blade depth to 3.
  4. Remove the negative space from the outdoor vinyl adhesive. In other words, remove everything but the names. Use a spatula or forceps to remove the inside of letters, such as the little triangle inside a capital A.
  5. Apply transfer tape on top of the names one at a time. Peel the tape back slowly so only the vinyl letters are stuck to the transfer tape. You can use blue painter’s tape if you can’t find transfer tape.
  6. Apply transfer tape directly on to the water bottle. Create a good seal on the bottle and then peel the transfer tape back slowly, leaving only the vinyl letters on the bottle.
  7. Repeat from step 5 until all the bottles are done!


  1. I would be interested in getting names printed for this exact project how much would you charge just to print 12 names plus shipping and how long would it take do you think to send it to canada?

  2. Love the personalized water bottles, how much would you charge for 12??

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