Using dollar store mugs and my new ceramic paints, I’ve been testing out a few techniques to create PERMANENT mug designs! You don’t need a kiln, nor do you need artistic skills. Just the right paint, a little creativity, an oven and setting spray to make them dishwasher-safe! (Because let’s be real – none of us want to hand-wash ANY dishes if we can help it!)
Perfect for personalized gift giving, DIY mugs are a simple, quick project that even the kids can do.
I have a bit of a mug obsession (more on that in a future post) – we’ve even created a full wall of mugs in our kitchen. It’s fun to test out my artistic abilities (which are budding, at best). Mugs are also a fun and quick knock off project, so if you see a design you love – why not try it at home?
All it takes are a few simple materials for this super fun and simple DIY project!
- Ceramic mugs from Big Lots or the Dollar Store
- A Maker’s Studio Ceramic Paints & Stencils
- Paper Towels
- Artist Brushes
- Water to dip your brushes
- Q-Tips & Rubbing Alcohol (for cleaning up mistakes)
- Mesh stencils (if you don’t want to freehand)
Follow My Video Tutorial (which aired on Hometalk!)
Bake Your Mugs In Your Oven!
This sets the design!
- Place mugs in a cold oven
- Use a baking sheet covered with tin foil
- Once mugs are in oven turn on to 325 degrees Fahrenheit
- Bake for 35 minutes
- Turn off and let cool
NOTE! I’ve washed my mugs in the dishwasher after baking to test this method. Expect the colors to change after about 5 washings. To prevent this and to create a permanent design, see the next step!
Final Step? SPRAY!
To make your design dishwasher-friendly, my recommendation is to seal using this spray AFTER you bake them. This spray works on my vinyl mugs as well (make using a Cricut!) I spray 2-3 times and let thoroughly dry for a few days before use.
It’s always nice to break up complicated home improvement projects with a quick, easy and fun craft. I’m a bit addicted to my mug painting habit now!
If you have any questions, feel free to ask away in the comments! More fun mug tutorials are coming soon!