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DIY PAINTED MUGS are a fun and simple DIY craft, perfect to make for gifts. You can make these painted mugs to be used to enjoy coffee and tea, or be decorative and fill with candy!
DIY PAINTED MUGS
I have been wanting to try my hand at crafting a painted mug and I finally got a chance to do it! I haven’t tried washing these mugs in the dishwasher but they have held up great just being hand washed! The trick to painting mugs that will last while washing is to buy the correct paint and to allow the proper dry time, following what your particular paint directs. I have found the best results with Martha Stewart MULTI PURPOSE PAINT.
- White Coffee Mugs
- Martha Stewart Multi Purpose Paint, or other brands that work on ceramics.
- Washi Tape – I used two thin pieces of washi tape to create my stripe between the two colors.
- Small foam stippler/dopper
FAQ’S FOR PAINTED MUGS
What is the curing time for my painted mugs?
The Paint will be permanent after air-drying for 21 days for most surfaces. For the best possible adhesion to your ceramic mug is to allow the item to cure in the oven. Following the MARTHA STEWART MULTI PURPOSE PAINT DIRECTIONS BELOW:
- Allow painted item to dry for a full 24 hours before curing in the oven.
- Place project in a cool oven, so that it will heat gradually with the oven to avoid it breaking; do not place it directly in a hot oven.
- Set oven temperature to 350ºF.
- Once temperature has reached 350ºF, allow the project to bake for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, turn the oven off and let glass cool down completely before removing from the oven.
- Do not use for 72 hours.
PRO TIP: GLITTER paints must be air cured.
HOW TO MAKE DIY PAINTED MUGS
- Add your washi tape if using to create a “stencil” or an area to mark off where you want to different colors to be.
- Use a small brush to paint your stencil.
- Once finished and the paint is slightly dry, peel off your tape. You don’t want to wait until the paint is dry or it will peel off with the tape.
- Follow the directions of your paint bottle for baking and drying time, or follow the directions above.
- For the polka dot mug I used a circle sponge brush to apply the turquoise dots and painted the handle.
PRO TIP: When making these painted mugs you need to decide if you plan to use these with drink or food or just as decorative. If you plan to use these mugs with food and drink you will want to make sure you only paint towards the bottom of the mugs or leave a space near the rim where food or lips won’t touch. While the Martha Stewart Paint is non toxic you will want to avoid having it near food.
This post has been updated on July 26th, 2020 with new photos and updated and current instructions.