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Back to School Money Maker: Vinyl Name Decal Sheets

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For the kids heading back to a traditional school setting this year, these adhesive vinyl name decal sheets are always a quick money maker!

Why do they sell well? Since most schools require that everything you send with your child be labeled with their name – parents need to be able to label everything with something nicer than a permanent marker.

What is a Name Decal Sheet?

It’s a sheet of adhesive vinyl where you have cut out names of a child for their parent to place on their items, including pencil cases, notebooks, lunch containers, and more.

Two Ways to Make and Sell Name Decal Sheets

  • All names on one page in a single size and font.
  • Names in a variety of fonts and sizes. (You could also mix in a few monograms or initial sets!)

Neither choice is better than the other, it is a personal preference.

Price Point for Name Decal Sheets

I’d suggest between $10 and $15 for and 8.5″ by 11″ sheet of names. You can expect to fit between 20 and 30 names per page, depending on the length of the name.

Odds and Ends

  • Transfer tape. Don’t forget to apply transfer tape to your name decals before shipping them out to your customer.
  • Customer instructions. Don’t forget to include instructions for your customer. Here’s a few free sets.
  • Easy to weed fonts. Choose fonts that are easy to weed so this quick money maker doesn’t become a chore!
  • Adhesive vinyl. I’d suggest creating name decal sheets with Oracal 631 or equivalent. (I prefer 631 for all indoor uses, but you could use 651. Just another personal preference!)
  • What about heat transfer vinyl? You could make this same idea work with heat transfer vinyl (htv). This would allow parents to iron names onto backpacks, clothing, and more. If you give this a try, you can include this instruction sheet with your orders.

Now, get out there and cash in on back to school time!

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Joan Wamsley

Friday 5th of May 2023

Hi is there a way to do this where you don't have to take the name 20 to 30 times? I mean if I save a template of all the different fonts and so forth with one name how can I change the name and not reformat everything?

Christine Schinagl, Cutting for Business

Monday 8th of May 2023

Hi Joan, there is not a way to do a mail merge in Silhouette Studio (at least that I know of).


Monday 2nd of September 2019

Hi! Does the Silhouette program has a "find and replace" type of thing? Or I have to type the name of the kid every time for multiple customers? Thanks!

Christine, Cutting for Business

Tuesday 3rd of September 2019

No, it doesn't.

Michelle Lawson

Wednesday 3rd of July 2019

Christine, Where are the places that it is best to sell these at. This is the problem that I am having with my business is finding the right place that people will want what I have. I read about people on Facebook or blogs that they have "the biggest order!" and I ask how did they get that? Any input would be great. thanks, Michelle

Christine, Cutting for Business

Sunday 25th of August 2019

Usually social media is great for products like vinyl name decal sheets.

Andrea Tuegel

Friday 28th of July 2017

Hi, love all the helpful information! I'm curious what sizes you make the names for back to school sheets? If different sizes wondering what range I should go with for the names.

Thanks so much!!


Monday 31st of July 2017

Mine varied from 1 inch to about 3 inches.

Kris Howard

Wednesday 26th of July 2017

Is there a way to type a name and copy it in the different fonts without having to type them individually in Silhouette Studio?


Wednesday 26th of July 2017

You can copy , cntrl c, and then paste , ctrl v, the name and just change the font of the new word box


Wednesday 26th of July 2017

No, there isn't any type of function like this, but honestly, it doesn't take long at all.