Monday, August 24, 2015

DIY Paint Mug

   Even if you don't drink coffee (like me), mugs are still awesome. They're that sense of peace and comfort after waking up way too early from a late night.  When you're half asleep, sipping from a personalized mug is good start to the day. Since school began again today I thought this would be the perfect DIY to share. Mugs are a great way to show off your interests (bands, hobbies, quotes) or to show some school pride. These mugs are super easy (and cheap) to make and are also meaningful gifts so it's a win-win. Here's how to make your own.

You will need: 

1. Sharpie paint pens (make sure they're oil based)
2. A mug- cheaper ones work best because their surface is more malleable
3. A pencil and a fine point Sharpie (optional but recommended)
4. Tape (optional)  

Step One: 

Wash & dry your mug. Pick the design you want on your mug and apply tape if necessary. 

Step Two: 

Trace your design onto your mug if it includes lines, words, or a certain image. Pro-tip: If pencils aren't working for you use a fine point regular Sharpie so it shows up. 

Step Three: 

Grab your paint pens and draw in your designs (remove tape if applicable). Be wary of smudging. You can use toothpicks to get rid of your mistakes and create sharper lines. Add accent colors (if you want). 

Step Four: 

Wait 3-4 hours for paint to set. Place your mug in the oven (before it reaches the temperature). Bake your mug for 45 minutes on 350 degrees and let it cool completely (to avoid cracking). 

Remember to hand wash only. Enjoy your mug!

Good luck to all those starting school!!! Especially to high school seniors (Hannah and I) and college freshmen-hope you've settled in to your cozy dorms. 


  1. I love this DIY project! It's great for personalized birthday and Christmas gifts as well.

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  2. VERY cute. I fear I may not be as crafty and despite the easy to understand instructions, still manage to mess it up. I will try it though. Great post. :)


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