Fire up the coffee maker and bring out the hot chocolate – we’ve got the best DIY mug ideas and decorations for a fabulous do-it-yourself project. This is a fun project to take on whether you’re new to crafting or just want an easy idea you can do in a couple of hours. Making custom mugs is also a great project to do with kids.
Creating a customized mug at home is so easy to do. All you need is a plain mug (white is great, but choose any color you like), paint pens, markers and/or paint and a brush. With a crafting game plan and a little bit of time, you’ll have your very own custom mug design before you know it!
You can use your cute mugs to sip warm beverages, of course, but you they can also double as home decoration. You can use your mug as a planter for a small potted plant, to display on a curated kitchen shelf, to hold pens and pencils at your desk…the possibilities are endless!
We love mugs because they’re cute and durable. Whether you’re making your DIY mug for yourself or a friend – or, better yet, with a friend – you’re sure to find a style you connect with in this gallery of awesome ideas.
Whichever design you choose, be sure to let it fully dry once you’ve completed your artwork. Customized mugs should not be used in the dishwasher (or the microwave in some cases). Hand wash your mug to make it last and look great for years to come. If you’re gifting your DIY mug, then we suggest including a handwritten note with care and washing recommendations.
Now, let’s get crafty!
1. Imperfect Black and White Polka Dots
This is a true beginner’s project that you cannot really mess up. If you’re worried about a crafting blunder, then start here. You can make the small dots even by using a marker or paint pen. Just pressing the tip lightly will create a little dot. You don’t have to worry about making the lines perfectly straight – it’s the loose arrangement that gives this design its character! Take a step back every couple of lines to make sure that you’re spacing them about evenly.
2. Unique Colorful Monogrammed Mug Idea
This mug relies on an painting style called pointillism to create a monogram design of a single bold letter. Here’s a helpful hint: lightly pencil the edges of the letter onto your mug to start. That way you won’t accidentally distort the shape of the letter as you make your dots. The dots should be closest together right at the edges of the letter, then get further apart. That creates the sunburst effect you see. Believe it or not, this design only has 4 colors in it! It just goes to show you that you don’t need a huge palette to get a great finished look.
3. You’re Golden – Customized Name Mug
White and gold (or any metallic, for that matter) make a winning combination. We love the sweet simplicity of this design. The wreath around the name looks complicated, but if you look a little closer you’ll see that its simply a circle with dots and two-sided loops (like a figure 8) evenly along its edges. You’ve totally got that! As for the name on the inside, you can write it in your own handwriting or do your best cursive typography. Don’t be afraid to outline in pencil before you commit to paint.
4. Bright and Cheery Free Hand Kids Designs
Kids love to color and scribble on stuff they’re not supposed to, so why not give them a marker and permission to draw away? A mug with a drawing by your kids is a lovely way to display their artwork. They’ll feel good every time they see you drink from it. They will also love drawing all over it. You could even turn it into a little gallery. Have them paint 5 or 6 mugs and hang them on mug hooks like home decor. It’s a stylish way to display functional art and get your kids in on the fun.
5. Cute and Easy Chevron Pattern Mug
This is SO much easier than it seems. Can you draw a line? Great! Then you can make this mug. The slight unevenness of the lines gives it a human touch. Sometimes chevron patterns can look a but staid, but this is modern and fresh. This mug looks as though it could easily have come from a home decor boutique. We won’t tell anyone you made it for less than 5 bucks worth of materials from the dollar store!
6. Mug Sprinkled with Golden Dots
Who doesn’t love a little festive pick-me-up? This mug practically sings, “good morning – welcome to your day!” A little metallic paint and a steady hand is all you need to make this perfect vessel all yours. Just try to space the dots of paint evenly from the rim of the mug down to about an inch or two from the base. You can get fancy with dots of varying sizes, but evenly spaced, evenly sized dots will also do the trick.
7. Stylish and Artsy Gold Painted Glass Mug
Now we’re getting classy and sassy! Just a few swooshes of metallic gold paint on a clear glass mug and you’re out the door with this beauty. This is one of those mug designs that’s perfect for displaying in an open cabinet or floating shelf because its so darn nice to look at. It’s also meant to look a bit uneven, so you don’t have to be precise with the paint. Just approach it like nail polish. Do the first layer over about two thirds of the mug from the base, then repeat the second layer up about one third from the base to get more coverage.
8. Precious Animoji Tea Cup and Saucer Design
OMG these are so cute! Even though these involve more drawing than some of the other designs here, it’s still totally do-able for any skill level. Just take your time and follow the basic shapes. We love the way the design on the mugs line up with the saucers. This is such a fun, affordable idea for creating a unique collection of dishes for entertaining. Your guests will be delighted as you sip your afternoon tea or after-dinner coffee.
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