Saturday, March 10, 2012

DIY - Handpainted Mug Tutorial

We all love gifts, don't we? So consider that next time you are buying a silly something for someone dear, just to get the burden off of your shoulders. Giving is not that! It is not about just handing it over and that is that. Giving is an act of love, as much at non material "giving", as at the material one.

I always loved making things to give for an occasion. Something that is made with love and dedication will always be a pretty gift, whether your a crafty person or not. So many people say that they are not good at making things, but let's face it, that is really just nothing more than a lousy excuse to not even trying.

So I decided to share with you some gift making ideas for the season. We have so many sweet occasions to celebrate in spring, from Mother's Day to Easter, so why not do it in sweet, yet simple style.I started with this project on purpose, since it is suitable for anyone, really. I mean, who doesn't love to start their day with a hot drink, be that coffee, tea or you name it!

What you will need is a plain mug, that you can find at any supermarket and a porcelain marker. The colors you will use are totally up to you, but if you are making this for someone, you might want to consider their taste in colors. For example if your mother finds black repulsive, like mine does, you might not want to give her a black mug for Mother's day...

I drew a sweet little lacy-doily pattern on mine, but you can customize it any way you choose.

Step 3:
- when you're finished drawing it, put your mug into the oven, and burn it at the advised heat, shown on your pen. Normally it takes 30 minutes at160 Celsius degrees for the paint to dry properly.

And there you have it!

I would even recommend making a letter-stencil to guide you in drawing, if your not comfortable with straight lines. Say, you could write "M" for mom, which you can print out from your computer in Word, cut it out, fix it to your mug and then simply tint it. So easy!

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if you're ever try making this, please consider leaving a comment at this post, I'd love to see what you came up with ♥


  1. Such a lovely gift idea! I actually just bought recently a porcelain pen to pretty-up a set of white coffee cups I received as a gift just for me to paint it.

  2. how pretty!! thank u so much for sharing it =) i wanna make it too!

  3. I am now so excited to start drawing on my mugs!

  4. Where could you get a porcelain pen at? Would acrylic paint pen work just as well?

  5. @Abbie Caroll - you can actually find a porcelain pen at most craft stores, or even online: just type in "craft porcelain pen" in google and there should be a number of online stores popping up. I have actually seen tutorials using Sharpie pens, but obviously those are less durable and are not dishwasher-safe at all since the design will simply wash away.
    Hope this helped :)

  6. This is amazing! When I first saw this pic, I thought you had used a stencil. But once I read this post, I was amazed to discover that you hand-drew the design. Well done! :-)

  7. My daughter decorated a mug for our family, this is also possible to do with kids if you don't mind a not so perfect result. Check out my daughter's creation here:


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