DIY Speckled Dip Mug

DIY Speckled Dip Mug @themerrythoughtI want to buy up every handmade mug I see lately – especially the ones with the raw clay bottoms. I decided to try to make a faux version using a bit of paint and I’m pretty thrilled to add them to my mug collection – which is basically just for show since I’m not a coffee drinker and only drink tea when I have a cold. But I’m excited to make a couple more sets as Christmas presents for my coffee drinking friends!
DIY Speckled Dip Mug @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
-Plain Mug
-Masking Tape
-Paint (I used Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Satin Paint – Acorn & Vanilla Bean.)
-Paint Brushes

How to make it:
-Put tape around the mug, leaving space underneath for the paint – however large or small you would like it.
-Paint a couple coats of the lighter paint over the entire bottom area and let dry.
-Use a stiffer paint brush and dip it lightly in the darker paint and use your thumb against the brush to splatter the paint lightly over the lighter coats.
-Remove the tape and let the paint dry completely.
-To cure the paint you can bake it or let it cure for 21 days. To bake, (which is what I did) place mug upside-down on a baking pan and place in the oven. (***The mugs should be heated gradually, make sure they are in the oven before turning it on.) Turn oven on to 350 degrees. Once it is up to temperature, set a timer for 30 minutes. After the 30 minutes is done, turn off the oven and let the mugs cool inside.
DIY Speckled Dip Mug @themerrythoughtDIY Speckled Dip Mug @themerrythoughtI have been washing mine in the dishwasher and so far, so good!!

xo. Caitlin

  • JessicaTuesday, October 20, 2015 - 2:19 pm

    I just bought a mug like this, never thought I could DIY the speckled effect. Will have to give this a go.ReplyCancel

  • gabriellaThursday, October 22, 2015 - 7:24 am

    Oh this is adorable! I’m thinking I might make a matching set 🙂


  • amandaFriday, October 23, 2015 - 11:23 am

    where did you purchase the mugs from- I love the squared off shaped of the handle!ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathSaturday, October 24, 2015 - 10:01 pm


  • annaMonday, October 26, 2015 - 7:57 pm

    What happens if you don’t cure it? Can we use regular acrylic paint? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathTuesday, October 27, 2015 - 10:57 pm

      The paint will chip off easily with use if it’s not cured.
      The paint listed is the only paint that I have used. I’m sure durability will vary between different brands of paint. But this is acrylic paint that I used, so the curing process should be pretty similar.ReplyCancel

      • annaWednesday, October 28, 2015 - 4:43 am

        Excited to try it. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • VinTuesday, March 1, 2016 - 2:22 pm

    Totally doing this!! LOve!!!!ReplyCancel

  • AmandaTuesday, March 29, 2016 - 3:40 pm

    Can you give some details about the brushes you used? What a delightful craft!ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathTuesday, March 29, 2016 - 9:37 pm

      I used cheap, hard bristle kids craft brushes.ReplyCancel

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