Custom Water Bottles for Sports Team: My Largest Etsy Order!

Custom Water Bottles for Sports Team: My Largest Etsy Order!

Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. The Excitement of a Large Bottle Order
  3. Materials and Tools Needed
  4. Preparing the Bottles for Vinyl Application
  5. Applying the Vinyl to the Bottles
  6. Sealing the Vinyl Design
  7. Packaging the Bottles for Shipping
  8. Dealing with Etsy Shipping Challenges
  9. Tips and Tricks for Efficient Packaging
  10. Conclusion


Welcome back to my channel! Today, I am thrilled to share with you the process of fulfilling a large bottle order. For this particular order, I will be working on 31 bottles for the Elite Rhythmic Team. Join me as I walk you through each step, from preparing the bottles to packaging them for shipping. If you're curious about vinyl application, sealing techniques, and efficient packaging, then you're in the right place. Let's get started!

The Excitement of a Large Bottle Order

I am beyond excited because I recently received my largest bottle order yet. The Elite Rhythmic Team wanted a specific color that I initially didn't have enough of. However, I couldn't pass up the opportunity, so I made it happen. In this video, you will witness the entire process of fulfilling this order, from start to finish. The challenge lies in completing all 31 bottles within a limited timeframe, but I'm up for it. So, get ready to see me in action as I work on these bottles with enthusiasm and dedication.

Materials and Tools Needed

Before we dive into the process, let's go over the materials and tools you will need to replicate this project. Don't worry; you won't require any special equipment. In fact, I'll be using Oracle 651 vinyl for this project. It's a straightforward and cost-effective option. I'll also introduce you to a new addition to my toolkit – a 12x24 cutting mat. This larger cutting mat proves incredibly helpful when dealing with bigger jobs or longer names. Additionally, I'll address some important considerations regarding the type of mat you should use based on the material you're working with.

Preparing the Bottles for Vinyl Application

To ensure a clean and smooth vinyl application, proper preparation of the bottles is crucial. In this step, I will guide you through the process of cleaning the bottles and getting them ready for vinyl placement. Cleaning off any dust, fingerprints, or residue is essential to create a solid base for the vinyl to adhere to. I'll share some tips and tricks to make this step a breeze so that you can achieve professional-looking results.

Applying the Vinyl to the Bottles

Now comes the exciting part – applying the vinyl to the bottles! I'll demonstrate how to achieve precise placement and create an aesthetically pleasing design. With the help of transfer tape, I'll guide you through the process of transferring the vinyl from the backing sheet to the bottles. It is essential to ensure proper alignment and prevent any bubbles or creases. Whether it's a curved surface or a straight line, I'll show you techniques to accommodate different bottle shapes and sizes.

Sealing the Vinyl Design

While Oracle 651 vinyl does not require sealing, I always take the extra step to provide added protection and durability to my designs. I'll introduce you to the Rust-Oleum 2X Ultra Color Clear Gloss, which I use to seal and protect the vinyl. This spray not only provides a glossy finish but also eliminates any residual stickiness. I'll walk you through the process of sealing the bottles, ensuring an even application without compromising the integrity of the vinyl design.

Packaging the Bottles for Shipping

Now that the bottles are beautifully adorned with vinyl and sealed to perfection, it's time to package them securely for shipping. I'll share my tried and tested method of packaging, taking into consideration the size and number of bottles in the order. You'll see how I use tissue paper and thank-you stickers to enhance the presentation of the bottles. Join me as we explore different box sizes and find the most efficient way to pack and protect these special creations.

Dealing with Etsy Shipping Challenges

If you're a seller on Etsy, you may have encountered some shipping challenges. I'll discuss how Etsy's shipping system sometimes creates multiple labels for a bulk order, resulting in inflated shipping costs. I'll share my solution to this problem and provide tips on how to manage shipping settings effectively on Etsy. Don't let shipping concerns hold your business back – together, we can navigate through these challenges.

Tips and Tricks for Efficient Packaging

In this section, I'll share some additional tips and tricks I've learned over time to streamline the packaging process. From optimizing box sizes to maximizing space utilization, small adjustments can make a significant difference when fulfilling large orders. Additionally, I'll offer advice on organizing shipping materials, keeping track of inventory, and ensuring accurate labeling. These practical insights will help you establish an efficient packaging system for your own business.


Congratulations! You've witnessed the entire journey of fulfilling a large bottle order, from the excitement of receiving the order to the final packaging for shipping. I hope this video has inspired you and provided valuable insights into the vinyl application and packaging process. Remember, practice makes perfect, so don't be afraid to experiment and find your own unique approach. Thank you for joining me today, and make sure to keep an eye out for more exciting content on my channel!


  1. Fulfilling a large bottle order for the Elite Rhythmic Team
  2. Using Oracle 651 vinyl for a straightforward and cost-effective solution
  3. Introducing a 12x24 cutting mat for bigger jobs and longer names
  4. Properly cleaning and prepping the bottles for vinyl application
  5. Achieving precise vinyl placement with the help of transfer tape
  6. Sealing designs with Rust-Oleum 2X Ultra Color Clear Gloss
  7. Packaging bottles securely for shipping, utilizing different box sizes
  8. Navigating shipping challenges on Etsy and optimizing shipping settings
  9. Tips and tricks for efficient packaging and organization
  10. Final thoughts and encouragement to explore your own creative approach


Q: Can I use a different type of vinyl for this project? A: Certainly! While I use Oracle 651 vinyl, you can experiment with other types based on your preferences and requirements.

Q: How long does it take for the Rust-Oleum 2X Ultra Color Clear Gloss to dry? A: The drying time may vary depending on factors such as humidity and temperature. Generally, it should be touch-dry within an hour and fully cured within 24 hours.

Q: Can I reuse the transfer tape for multiple vinyl applications? A: Yes, you can reuse the transfer tape multiple times until it loses its adhesive strength. Just make sure to clean it properly after each use.

Q: How do I handle the packaging process efficiently for a large order? A: It's essential to plan ahead and optimize box sizes to minimize shipping costs. Additionally, organizing your shipping materials and streamlining your packaging process can save time and effort.

Q: Can I order the bottles online instead of picking them up at Walmart? A: Online availability may vary, but it's worth checking Walmart's website or other online retailers that stock crafting supplies.

Q: Do I need to seal all vinyl designs on bottles? A: While sealing vinyl isn't always necessary, it can provide added protection and a professional finish. It ultimately depends on personal preference and the longevity you desire for your designs.

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