9. Simple, Sentimental “I Love You” Mug
Want to get a unique gift for Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, or just because? This is a winning choice. We love DIY mug ideas that incorporate the design and shape of the mug itself – as this one does to make the heart. The curved handle perfectly creates half of a heart. All you have to do is dot along its edge and mirror the same design on the mug to make a heart shape. Then write “I love you” in your own unique handwriting. Your loved one will cherish this one-of-a-kind personal gift.
10. Stylish and Modern Patterned Mugs
Take one look at these mugs and tell us they don’t look like they came from the store. We dare you! All that stands between you and this awesome idea for cool mugs is a few brush strokes. You’ll need actual paint and brushes to achieve this design. It may take a little trial and error to get the density of the paint and the exact layout as you like it. Consider practicing on paper first to get the hang of it. The choice of mug is also key to pulling this off. These mugs are a bit stout and have finer handles than the common mug shapes. You may have to do a little hunting to find the perfect mugs to be your canvas for this work of art.
11. Sweet Mug Design for New Grandpas
This is an awesome idea to commemorate a landmark in your family’s life. It let’s your dad know how much you love and care about him as your family grows. The secret to this design is that, unlike the monogrammed mug above, the text here is written on top of the pointillism instead of being outlined. Brilliant, isn’t it? Start by creating a mosaic of dots that just about cover the mug. You want to choose colors that are a little on the darker, bolder side so that you can see the white text written over it. Once you’ve created a perfect backdrop of dots, go back in with a white fine tip marker or paint pen and write the message on top. This is a gift any new grandpa is sure to love.
12. Snowman Line Drawing Winter Mug
We just adore this DIY mug decor idea. During the holidays and winter months you can bring this mug out on display. The simple line drawing has a cute, homey look that’s perfect for snuggling up with a cup of cocoa by the fire. You can create this entire design with a black marker or paint pen. If you’re artistically inclined, then feel free to freehand this design and make it your own. If you’re not, then simply follow the basic shape and outline of what you see. As you draw, don’t think of it as art. Think of it as tracing lines. It will take some of the pressure off and before you know it you’ll have a fantastic winter mug!
13. Super Stylish Red Dipped Mug
Oh, this is so chic. Again, you don’t have to pay upwards of $15 for a pretty mug that makes your home look more stylish. All you need is a vision and the right materials. This design makes a bold statement, but it could not be easier to pull off. All you need is red paint and a brush. If you’re concerned about getting an even line, you could also use painters tape to mark off the horizontal boundary before you start painting. The red color is perfect for winter time, but you can do this with any bright color you love. Heck, you could even do a set of 3 or 4 different colors that go along with your home decoration theme.
14. Patterned Set of Four Custom Mugs
Just like with fashion, when you commit to a particular range of complimentary colors, then you can start to mix patterns and still match. Just look at this utterly stylish gaggle of four mugs. By sticking to simple designs in a palette of rose gold and black, the patterns are all varied but they still go together. The most complicated of these are is the three dash pattern. Want to know a secret? The dashes are just leaning one way in the even rows and one way in the odd rows. They’re spaced just like polka dots would be, but instead of a dot you’re putting three short lines. For the top row lean the lines to the right like. For the second row, lean them to the left like. Continue alternating directions as you go down the mug.
15. Fine Hand-Drawn Chevron Pattern on Square Mug
Isn’t this a delightful change of pace? Who says mugs have to be round? Square mugs add an interesting visual element and work great with a geometric pattern like chevron. This design is done with more precision than some of its more painterly counterparts. You’ll want to use a fine tipped paint pen or marker. You can also benefit from using something like a ruler to guide you in drawing straight edges, but don’t worry if the lines aren’t exactly even. A little bit of imperfection is what gives these DIY mug ideas their character!
16. Beautiful Botanical DIY Mug Decor Idea
This idea is for the more artistically experienced (or courageous). The bold flower designs are truly beautiful to look at. This would make such a cool display on a rustic wooden shelf. This would also be a fabulous way to have a mini-getaway from the comfort of your desk. Pour yourself a cup of passion fruit tea and gaze at the colorful blossoms to be transported to a warm, tropical getaway any time you need it. These floral designs are equal parts stylish and cheery – perfect for any home or office in need of a pick-me-up.
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