DIY Kentucky Derby Can Koozie
A day at the races is most often accompanied by a drink or two, or three…or more (we won’t judge!) Luckily, your beverage can beat the Kentucky heat with a can koozie. No need to use a plain ol’ koozie when it only takes a few minutes to customize one. Keep reading to learn how!
Custom Koozie Supplies
- Foam Can Koozie (Here’s how to decorate Neoprene Can Koozies)
- EasyWeed® Heat Transfer Vinyl
- Craft Cutter (like the Cricut Explore Air)
- Siser Weeder
- Heat Press or Home Iron
- Heat Transfer Cover Sheet or Parchment Paper
How to Design a Can Koozie Cut File
I whipped up this fun saying in Cricut Design Space using the fonts (from top to bottom) Perpetua Titling, Spumante Bold, Rockwell Extra Bold, and NewsGoth. After typing each line I centered them by going to Align > Center Horizontally. In order to retain the alignment, attach or weld the text together.
When you’re satisfied with your design, make sure it will fit on your koozie by adjusting the size. I found a good standard size is typically 3″. Next, send the HTV through the cutter. If this is your first time working with heat transfer vinyl make sure you read How to Cut Siser HTV with the Cricut .
When the Cricut is finished, trim the design and weed out all the HTV that you won’t be applying.
How to Heat Press A Polyurethane Foam Can Koozie
Don’t forget to adjust the pressure to account for the thick koozie material. You’ll know the pressure is too high if you have to force the top platen to lock down. Too much pressure can actually squish the adhesive out from under the HTV and pool along the sides. If you can see clear adhesive around your vinyl after pressing, it can lead to peeling so you’ll want to dial your pressure back.
After centering the HTV, cover it with parchment paper, and press the koozie for 10-15 seconds. If you’re using a home iron, put it on the Cotton setting and press for 15-20 seconds.
EasyWeed is a hot or cold peel, so if you press a koozie for yourself go ahead and peel the carrier immediately. However, if you’re making a whole bunch for your Derby crew you can peel the carriers cold so you don’t have to slow down your heat press flow.
And that’s all there is to it! A quick and easy craft to add a personal touch to your Derby experience. Like this post? Pin the image below to save it for later!
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