How to Print on Koozies

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Koozies are used to keep bottles and cans of beverages cold. Usually made of polyester, koozies are affordable gifts that usually cost around $1 or less if you buy in bulk. Available in a wide range of colors, koozies can be customized. Using stencils, you can create a variety of printed koozies for friends and family to enjoy at home, parties or other celebrations.

A variety of brushes can be used for creating koozies.
Pinselset image by Yvonne Bogdanski from

Things You'll Need

  • Paint Brushes
  • Stencils (Precut Mylar Or Homemade)
  • Pencil
  • Permanent Paint
  • Collapsible Can Koozies (In Your Choice Of Color)
  • Stencil Brushes

Prepare the Workspace

Prepare the workspace by making sure it is clear of dust and other items that will interfere with the process. If you do not want your surface to be damaged, cover it with an old sheet or drop cloth.

Gather materials in an orderly fashion. Make sure they are within reach. Having craft materials spread out creates a frustrating work environment.

Wear an apron or clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. Printing on koozies is a messy process, especially when it is time to clean up.

The Printing Process

Place the koozie in the center of your workspace and select a design and paint color.

Place the stencil directly on the center of the koozie, using the thumb and index finger to hold the stencil down on the top corners.

Select brush and dip them in paint. Stencil thoroughly, and make sure the paint is an even thickness over the stencil spaces. Experiment with brush technique for creative designs and a custom look.

When finished, gently remove the stencil slowly. This prevents the paint from smearing onto the koozie. Let paint dry for at least 24 hours, or follow the paint label's drying time instructions.


  • Work slowly. Rushed work supplies sloppy results. Don't skimp when buying stencils.


  • When working with paint, work in a well-ventilated room.