How to decorate a mug? The alarm clock rings in the morning, five more minutes, how much time is left until Friday, uf, like lazy you get up and brew coffee … It seems that only the aroma is already starting to you clear up, you grab your favorite cup, that coat of the Seville Expo 92. It’s nothing special but it’s “your” cup, and you help yourself to the coffee, 1/4 cup, the rest of the hot milk, soy, and half a tablespoon of sugar, no more. It’s part of everyone’s ritual, right? These are our individual idiosyncrasies, and sometimes the mood with which we continue our routine will depend on that time of the morning. That’s why everything must be perfect and to our liking.

How to Decorate a mug

The cups, which at first glance seem like a rather insignificant part of our cooking, represent that moment of calm that we take throughout the daily effervescence, alone or shared, and they offer many customization possibilities. They can have an inspiring message, photographs that remind you of a loved one, or a decoration you love.

It’s also a great gift, especially if you know the honoree a little bit and personalize a mug with a design that you know in advance will love it. You will be right for sure!

The first thing to do is to acquire a porcelain cup, preferably white.

Hand decorated mugs

There is a lot of ideas and techniques to decorate your mug, whatever your choice. What will make the difference will be your own creativity so… put your head to think!

With ceramic markers

  • The first thing to do is to be clear about what you want to draw and not leave it to improvisation. You can practice on paper beforehand, whether it’s a design or calligraphy you want to use. If you are not particularly good at drawing, you can make simple things like borders, lines, flowers, or a simple sentence with a nice message.
  • Put the cup in the oven for 30 minutes at 180 degrees so that the paint from the marker penetrates into the ceramic material and becomes indelible.
  • So that the design does not lose its color, it is recommended to wash it by hand with a soft scouring pad, instead of putting it in the dishwasher.
  • Kids will love this technique for personalizing their own breakfast mug.

With chalkboard paint

This is a very fun option that will allow you to personalize your mug every day with colored chalks or leave messages and messages to your roommates. Chalkboard paint can be found at hobby or craft stores.

  • Wash and dry the cup well
  • Cover the top of the mug with painter’s tape. Although chalkboard paint is not toxic, it will be more pleasant and softer to touch porcelain with your lips when you drink it. It also gives it a much more elegant touch.
  • Paint the mug with chalkboard paint. If you make a mistake nothing happens, you can clean the paint with a wet wipe and rectify it.
  • Carefully remove the tape. It is advisable to remove it before the paint dries, otherwise the adhesive may tear some fragments and there will not be such a perfect line.
  • Let the paint dry for 24 hours then cook according to the instructions on the paint bottle. Do not take out of the oven immediately, it is better to leave it until it has gradually cooled down. This paint is dishwasher safe.
  • Buy some chalk and let your imagination fly (best if you paint before filling the cup).

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Decorated cups without oven

If you want to save yourself the wait for cooking, you can use other decorating tips and techniques.

With nail polish

  • You will need a container large and deep enough to accommodate your porcelain mug. Fill it with warm or hot water.
  • Pour a few drops of the nail polish of the color you have chosen and let them expand in the water, without stirring. Pour enamel drops of another color on top, you can use as many colors as you want. This process should be quick to prevent the glazes from drying out.
  • You can stir a little with a wooden toothpick to make a design or to separate the colors a bit.
  • Insert the cup into the container and gradually remove it. Ready! You just have to wait for it to dry.

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Decoupage with paper napkins

  • Choose a paper towel decorated with the patterns you like and separate the layers, keeping the first one.
  • Carefully cut out the design and apply special dish glue with a brush. It is important not to use too much product so that there are no wrinkles or the paper is not too wet and eventually breaks.
  • It is recommended use a queue called Mod Podge, which is both glue and varnish. It is white when applied, but the result is transparent. You can get it at any craft store.

Custom decorated mugs

If you want a more professional personalized mug, you can choose a photo you like, it represents a special moment or an image of the person to whom you want to give it. Then you will go to an establishment where they do such impressions. You will have a unique mug in the world and, above all, non-transferable.

Another option is buy it from websites like Zazzle, which allow you to create your own design in line with your chosen message or artwork.

Did you know that giving unexpected gifts has its advantagesthe two parts? Much more if you have done it with your own hands since it is a way of showing the other that you have thought of them and that you have prepared them with the intention that they would like them.

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