the {simplest} diy coffee mugs

by Tina on May 3, 2013

in Decor, DIY


I am always on the hunt for great, personalized gift ideas at this time of year, with Mother’s Day quickly approaching and Father’s Day soon after. Not only are these coffee mugs pretty and affordable, they are fun to make as well!

At our last Craftenhagen event, we painted our own coffee mugs.  It was so much fun to sit around, relaxing and painting, and chit chatting the night away!   The ladies blew me away with their designs.  Some came knowing exactly what they were going to make, while others winged it.  One thing was certain, every design was unique and amazing!  A couple of the ladies made an extra mug for me just so I could show you their designs (mixed in with a few from my daughter, Hailey, and me!)


To make your own diy coffee mugs, you only need three supplies: porcelain paint, coffee mugs, and paint brushes.  Simply paint your design (we used porcelain paint by pebeo), then allow the paint to set for 24 hours.  Check the back of your paint, but ours needed to bake at a 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Afterwards, your coffee mugs are dishwasher and heat safe!

Some extra tips: 1. Use a pencil to draw your design on the mug.  It washes off in the dishwasher after it is baked!  2. Use a stiff, fine tip brush, like these from Blick, to paint words and small details.  3.  A light hand helps each design come out cleaner.  4.  Grab a dauber, like these from Martha Stewart, to make quick, even polka dots!

I would have loved an extra of each design, including the red hearts, the tea bag, and the Japanese silhouette… but here is a little video to show you more!

Interested in joining us for the next Craftenhagen event?  They are open to anyone who would like to attend.  Check out our Facebook group for the details!

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Isabel May 3, 2013 at 9:25 pm

What a great idea! I’ll be visiting Michaels and looking for some supplies. Thanks for sharing 🙂


Tina May 3, 2013 at 9:38 pm

@Isabel You will have to let me know how they turn out!


Juliette May 4, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Love this Tina! We have a bunch of those Ikea mugs….too many ideas and too little time lately!!


Gaby May 4, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Tina, I never comment yoir blog, but I follow it since long time ago, so: I LOVE IT. I love your good taste for colors and clothes, for furniture and travels…I just love it….
Love from far away (Argentina)


Martina May 8, 2013 at 12:08 am

I would so much love to attend an event like this but unfortunately I am not living in Copenhagen but in (rather boring) Brussels. You would not know by any chance of anything crafty going on in Brussels? I just thought you might do with all the contacts you have…


Jelena Matic November 13, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Wow! I would really like to try to make one of these! Great idea!


Tina November 13, 2014 at 7:33 pm

Thanks! I hope they turn out well!


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