DIY Paint Dipped Mugs

Paint Dipped Mugs The Merrythought
We’re a coffee/tea loving family. And that means in our kitchen we need a lot of mugs. I recently saw these pretty mugs while browsing online and loved them. However $28 a mug seems a bit high, so I thought I’d try making my own.  Plus, making your own gives you the option of picking whatever colors you like!
I’m using the term paint “dipped” loosely here…these mugs are actually not dipped, but painted with brushes, but it’s meant to mimic the dipped look. I just didn’t want to pour that much paint out.

Supplies you’ll need:

    • mugs – mine are from the Dollar Store
    • paint – make sure it is ceramic paint*
    • paintbrushes
    • painters tape

*I used the Martha Stewart Multi-Purpose Craft Paint and I loved it! It’s so great that you can use it on different surfaces. Plus there are a lot of choices for styles and colors (I love the copper one!). And you can get them at Michaels and use the 40% off coupons!
Paint Dipped Mug

How to do it:

        • Clean mugs according to the directions on your paint. Mine needed to wiped down with rubbing alcohol.
        • Tape mugs all the way around, including the handle if you’re painting that. It might be helpful to use a ruler and pencil to make marks around the mug to make sure your tape is even all the way around.
        • Paint mugs. I used 2 coats on mine. Be sure to follow the directions on your paint for drying time between coats.
        • Remove tape. If the tape seems to pull the paint, use a very sharp knife (an exacto knife would work great) to go around the edge of where the tape and paint meet, then remove tape. If any paint leaked under the tape, gently scrape the paint off the mug with a sharp knife.
        • Let mugs dry/cure, according to the directions on your paint. Mine needed to cure for 21 days.

Paint Dipped Mugs
DIY Paint Dipped Mugs - The Merrythought
My paint does say that it is top-rack dishwasher safe, but I haven’t tried it yet. I’ll let you know if I do and if it came through okay!

These mugs ending up costing me under $2 per mug! I think these would make great party/shower favors. Or a nice teacher gift!  This would also be a fun project to do with your kiddos – and I bet they’ll love sipping hot cocoa out of a mug they made!! (Do not let young children use a knife though. Safety first friends!)
DIY Paint Dipped Mugs -- The Merrythought
Cheers! Manda

  • StephanieTuesday, April 9, 2013 - 2:57 pm

    You mean you didn’t want a bucket of paint for your boys to play in? I can’t understand why not! ReplyCancel

    • MandaTuesday, April 9, 2013 - 3:59 pm

      Haa – I know Steph…because I’m sure they would have been really neat with it too! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • MarieFriday, April 12, 2013 - 4:01 am

    It´s simple but the result is awesome! I love your idea!ReplyCancel

  • Marybeth AndersonSunday, April 28, 2013 - 10:19 am

    This is fantastic, well-written, and very helpful! I appreciate specifics (like going to Michael’s and using the 40% off coupon)!! Even though I currently live in South Korea, this project can easily be replicated here, too! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this!!ReplyCancel

  • LaurenMonday, May 6, 2013 - 9:21 am

    Hi, there! I added this craft to my DIY Mother’s Day gift roundup today. I love it! Thanks for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • MarieWednesday, May 7, 2014 - 12:12 pm

    Love this idea! Can’t wait to try. You can also use competitors coupons at Michaels.ReplyCancel

  • RachelWednesday, August 13, 2014 - 2:03 pm

    Did you ever wash them in your dishwasher? How does the paint hold up? Did you consider a top coat or varnish?ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathWednesday, August 13, 2014 - 2:10 pm

      I haven’t tried them in a dishwasher because I don’t have one, but the paint has held up well with hand washing so far. If you check out the link where we shared the tutorial I talked about using top coats – I choose not to use any though.ReplyCancel

  • EmilyMonday, August 25, 2014 - 10:33 am

    Can you microwave these cups after they are all finished?ReplyCancel

    • MandaTuesday, August 26, 2014 - 12:51 pm

      I’m pretty sure you cannot use dishes with paint on them in the microwave. The paint I used on mine only said “dishwasher safe”, so I’m assuming it’s a no for the microwave.ReplyCancel

  • ZoeFriday, December 5, 2014 - 7:59 pm

    They need to cure for 21 days? Is that average?ReplyCancel

    • MandaFriday, December 5, 2014 - 8:41 pm

      Hi Zoe – that’s what the paint I used called for. It will probably vary – depending on the paint you use, I would check the label on your paint bottle to see how long that specific kind needs to cure for.ReplyCancel

  • RosieSunday, May 17, 2015 - 5:53 pm

    If u get on Martha Stewart’s craft page, it states u can bake these paints at 350 degrees for 30min instead of waiting the 21 days to cure. Will be trying it tonight!ReplyCancel

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