I’ve been seeing DIY mug ideas on several of the blogs I follow for weeks now and have been waiting for a chance to get to try my hand at doing a custom illustrated mug. A few weekends ago, a good friend moved into her very first home! I wanted to do a little something as a housewarming gift, and thought—what better for a coffee-loving new homeowner than a new mug to celebrate the event!
I got a DecoArt glass paint marker at my local craft store, and a nice white mug from Target. The paint marker has a nice finish and was very easy to use. You bake the finished design after the paint has dried for 4 hours. DecoArt claims that it is dishwasher safe if baked within the first 4 to 8 hours. Although I did bake within that window, I didn’t test out the mug in my dishwasher. I did put these directions with the mug—”dishwasher safe, but DEFINITELY 100% hand-wash safe!”
Here were a few of the projects that inspired me:
Right to Left:
- A Beautiful Mess has a neat DIY for mugs created with a regular Sharpie marker
- Oh Hello Friend creates a mug with a metallic gold Sharpie paint pen – lovely!
- Wit and Whistle designs a chevron mug with porcelain paint. I’m a fan of the raised texture!
If you love the look, but crafting isn’t your thing, here are some amazing custom illustrated products from Etsy: