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In this blog post, I will show you how to make sublimation glow-in-the-dark tumblers for Halloween! I’m excited to show you how to make this super cool project! 

Halloween is just around the corner, and what better way to get into the spooky spirit than by crafting your very own glow-in-the-dark sublimation tumbler?

How to make a glow in the dark halloween tumbler pictured on a white table.

Whether you’re hosting a party, enjoying a drink at home, or want a tumbler you can take out while your kids are trick-or-treating, a Halloween tumbler is an excellent addition to your Halloween decorations.

That’s why I want to show you how to create a unique tumbler that will light up your Halloween celebrations. 

But first, let’s delve into the benefits of using sublimation for crafting projects like this.

What Are The Benefits Of Making Sublimation Tumblers?

Sublimation is a unique printing method that offers a range of advantages for crafting enthusiasts like us! 

Unlike traditional vinyl decals or stickers, sublimation allows you to create vibrant, long-lasting designs that won’t peel or fade over time. 

This technique also provides the freedom to print intricate, full-color images, making it perfect for detailed Halloween-themed designs. 

Sublimation also offers excellent adhesion, ensuring your tumbler’s design stays intact even after numerous washes.

Custom made tumbler for Halloween with a spooky design on a white table.

What Kind Of Tumbler Should You Use For So It Will Glow In The Dark? 

Choosing the right tumbler is crucial for the success of your glow-in-the-dark sublimation project. 

You’ll need a dark tumbler blank to get that all-important glow effect for this project. You can even buy dark sublimation tumblers specific for glow-in-the-dark projects like this. 

Either of these stainless steel tumblers will provide the best results for your sublimated design and ensure the best color vibrancy and durability thanks to the dark feature. 

You’ll also need to consider factors like size, shape, and lid type based on your preferences and intended use. 

For instance, I like the tumblers with a plastic lid, but you may not, so do your research when buying your own tumbler. 

Some tumbler blanks include additional features, like a plastic straw, a double wall to keep warm and cold beverages longer, or a rubber grip on the bottom.

Look at all the product information before buying your tumbler. 

To keep the costs down on this project, look for selection results of sublimation glow-in-the-dark tumblers with free shipping and regular price sale price. 

What Other Tools and Materials You’ll Need For Your Sublimation Glow-In-The-Dark Tumblers

In addition to your dark sublimation tumbler blanks, you’ll also need a few essential tools and materials to ensure a smooth crafting process:

  1. Sublimation Printer: To print your designs onto sublimation paper accurately.
  2. Sublimation Ink: Specially formulated ink that turns into a gas when heated, bonding with the tumbler’s surface.
  3. Sublimation Paper: This allows you to transfer your designs from the full page to the tumbler because it can withstand the heat and pressure needed.
  4. Heat Press: Essential for transferring the sublimation ink onto the tumbler. While a tumbler press or mug press will give you the best results, you may be able to use a convection oven. The only thing you’ll have to look out for is even heat throughout your convectional oven. 
  5. Heat-Resistant Tape: Secures the sublimation paper in place during the heat press process.
  6. Gloves: Protect your hands from the heat of the press, otherwise you risk burning yourself.
  7. Heat-Resistant Mat: Provides a safe surface for pressing.
  8. Print Image: The design you’ll use for your sublimation glow-in-the-dark tumblers. I’ve created a design you can have for free below! 
  9. Design Software: If you want to create your own Halloween-themed designs instead, you’ll need design software.
close up of a tumbler heat press

How to Care for Your Sublimation Glow-In-The-Dark Tumblers

To make sure your Halloween tumbler lasts for many spooky seasons to come, you’ll need to take proper care of it. Here are a few tips to keep your tumbler looking its best. 

Hand Wash Only

While throwing your tumbler in the dishwasher for a quick clean may be tempting, it’s important to remember that most Halloween tumblers are not dishwasher-safe.

The high heat and harsh detergents can cause the design to fade or peel. 

Instead, hand wash your tumbler with mild soap and warm water. Also, use a soft sponge or cloth to gently clean the tumbler.

Don’t Soak Your Glow-In-The-Dark Tumbler

While it’s important to clean your tumbler thoroughly, it’s equally important not to soak it for an extended period of time.

Soaking can cause the design to fade or peel. Instead, clean your tumbler promptly after use and dry it thoroughly.

Store Your Sublimation Tumbler Carefully

When not in use, store your tumbler in a safe place where it won’t get knocked around or damaged. Avoid stacking your tumbler with other items, as this can cause scratches or chips in the design.

Don’t Leave It Out In Direct Sunlight For Too Long

You should also avoid leaving it in direct sunlight for too long, as the UV light can cause the colors in your design to fade over time. 

By following these simple care instructions, you can ensure that your Halloween tumbler stays looking spooky and stylish for years to come!

A blue and green halloween tumbler that glows in the dark on a white desktop.

Get The Free Sublimation Design To Make Your Tumblers

Want to steal my design? 

Well, lucky for you, I’ve added it to my free resource library! Simply enter your email address below to get access to the library! 

Holding the finished sublimation glow in the dark tumblers made.

Grab the free Sublimation File!

Go to file #109 in the free resource library.

Where can I send the resource library files?

    Other Halloween Projects You Might Like

    If you’re in the mood for more Halloween crafting, here are other exciting projects to consider! 

    And if you’re looking for more Halloween SVG freebies, check these out!

    How To Make Sublimation Glow-In-The-Dark Tumblers For Halloween

    How to make a glow in the dark halloween tumbler that is blue, purple, and green in normal lighting, but glows in the dark.
    Yield: 1

    Sublimation Glow In The Dark Tumblers For Halloween

    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Active Time: 15 minutes
    Difficulty: Intermediate
    Estimated Cost: $25

    Keep everyone hydrated on Halloween with these spooky sublimation glow-in-the-dark tumblers that you can make yourself.


    • 1 Double-Wall Stainless Steel Glow-In-The-Dark Tumbler
    • Sublimation Paper
    • Sublimation Ink
    • Heat Tape
    • Lint Roller
    • Halloween Scene Sublimation File


    • Sublimation Printer
    • Heat Press


      1. Preheat your air fryer to 400 F or tumbler press to 380 F.
      2. Print your design and don't forget to mirror it. Trim off the right and left edges. If you need a design, you can find some of mine here. (Design #109 in the library.)
      3. Use your lint roller to clean off all dust on your tumbler.
      4. Use heat tape to secure the design to the tumbler.
      5. Tape down the bottom and top edges.
      6. Make sure the tape is completely flat and your sublimation design is touching all the way around.
      7. Place in the air fryer oven for 5.5 minutes.
      8. Remove the tumblers from the air fryer and allow them to cool.
      9. Remove the transfer tape.
      10. Now remove the transfer paper.
      11. Admire your new tumbler!

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