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How to Make a Chalkboard Mug

Updated on December 29, 2011

Ever needed a way to remember whose cup was whose? Or a way to decorate your coffeemug with JUST the quote you needed to hear in the morning? Or maybe a way to leave a message of "I Love You" to your wife when you bring her morning coffee to her? One of the homemade gifts that I learned how to make this year were adorable little chalkboard mugs - painted with special chalkboard paint so that you can write on them. They are both useful AND cute - a perfect blend of fun and function.

An added bonus is that they aren't hard to make, nor are they particularly expensive. Buying a mug like this online or from a quirky store like Urban Outfitters would cost nearly $20, but you can make your own for less than $5 apiece.

Materials:
- Porcelain mug (you can sometimes find these at the dollar store, but the higher the quality the better!)
- Painter's tape (or masking tape)
- Paintbrush
- Porcelain Chalkboard Paint (I used Pebeo Porcelaine 150 Chalkboard Paint - which I purchased from Amazon.com)


My mugs turned out great - I made a few for friends, and a few for myself!
My mugs turned out great - I made a few for friends, and a few for myself!

How To Do It:

1. Using painter's tape (or masking tape,) cordon off the area of the mug that you don't want to paint. (If you prefer, you can paint the entire mug, or you can get fancy and mark off specific areas of the mug. I've seen people paint chalkboard faces, cool shapes, stripes - all sorts of things.) For mine, I was simple and just painted the bottom half of the mug.

2. Paint away! Paint an even coat that covers the sides of the mug - depending on how much of the mug you intend to paint, you might consider painting the bottom and letting it dry upside down. If you make a mistake, it should come off with a damp paper towel.

3. Remove the tape as soon as you have finished painting, to prevent the edges of the paint from peeling when the tape is peeled off. Be very careful not to smudge, especially around the line where the paint stops!

4. Let the paint dry for an entire day (24 hours). Then you can bake your mug to set the chalkboard paint. The directions for baking will vary depending on what brand of chalkboard paint you used. Once the mug has finished in the oven, it will be dishwasher safe, as well as safe to use in the microwave.

5. Decorate! Grab some chalk and draw all over! Or give it as a gift - include some pieces of chalk in your mug and wrap it up for a friend!

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      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      Thanks, bobbielyons! I hope yours turn out great! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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      bobbielyons 5 years ago from Arizona

      GREAT idea! I love this! I'm ready to go try it out!

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      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      Thank you, Wendy! I hope you give it a try! I've heard rumors that you can find a homemade recipe for the chalkboard paint, so some Googling might be in order!

      Good luck!

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      Wendy Finn 5 years ago from UK

      Oooh I love finding new craft ideas and this is so unique. I never would have thought about it. Now to locate some of that paint! Useful and extremely cool :-)

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      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      And thanks to you, Kikalina, for the lovely comment :)

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      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      Thanks, GDiBiase, I hadn't even thought of that!

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      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      Thanks asmaiftikhar! Glad you enjoyed it :)

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      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      Thanks, cardelean! It's a great gift for just about anybody! :)

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      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      Thanks, cclitgirl! I definitely had to hide this hub from my friends right before Christmas time - didn't want to give away their presents! ;)

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      kikalina 5 years ago from Europe

      How cool! Thanks for SHARING!

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      GDiBiase 5 years ago from Portland, ME

      I love this, I am going to make one for a Valentines Day gift. I can make a card right on the cup!

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      asmaiftikhar 5 years ago from Pakistan

      interesting hub.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      What a super cute idea to give as gifts, party favors or even for a teacher's gift!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Now I know what all my friends are getting for presents! This is awesome! Voted up and thanks for SHARING. :)

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      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      Thanks for the comment, Joshua! I hope you get a chance to try making one!

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      JoshuaThePost 5 years ago from Palace of the Brine

      Cool idea. Up!

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      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      Thanks, wonderingwoolley! I really hope your bridesmaids love them! It is definitely a creative and useful gift! Thanks for stopping by!

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      wonderingwoolley 5 years ago from Madison, WI

      This is a really creative gift idea! I think I'm going to use it for my bridesmaid's gifts because it is as unique as they are. Thanks for sharing, voted this awesome hub up!

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      What a great idea! Very creative.

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      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      Thanks, artliving! I hope you give it a try! Thanks for the lovely comment :)

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      artliving 5 years ago from Denver, CO

      This is such a neat idea, I can't wait to try it! What a useful and interesting hub, Great work!

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      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      Thank you, Nicole! I hope you get a chance to try them! Thanks for the comment!

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      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      Thanks, Diane! As soon as I figure out HOW to move the Google Ad, I will definitely get that fixed! Thanks so much for the helpful tip, and for stopping by!

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      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      Thanks, SJmorningsun25! I hope you get a chance to try these! Thanks for stopping by and for commenting!

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      Nicole S Hanson 5 years ago from Minnesota

      These are awesome!! Great idea!

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      Diane Lockridge 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Great idea! I'd just suggest that you move the Google ad down and the the pic of the project up. I was totally confused to s an add for a tiled shower when I first opened up the article.

      Vote up and interesting!

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      SJmorningsun25 5 years ago

      Love this idea! How perfect! I'll have to try this sometime--in my house we're constantly forgetting whose mug is whose. Voted up, useful, and awesome!

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      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      Thanks, Simone! I hope you give it a try! I drank out of mine this morning - it's such a fun craft to make. :)

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Oh my gosh, what a cute idea! Love this!

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      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      Thanks WorkAtHomeGal, for the comment! I hope you do get a chance to make them! They are fun to make AND fun to use!

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      WorkAtHomeGal 5 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      I never heard of this before. That is very cool! Someday I will have to try it I hope :)

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      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      Thanks for stopping by, Bruce. Tic tac toe is a great idea!

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      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      Thanks, restoremyheart, for the lovely comment. This morning my dad wrote my mom's favorite bible verse on her coffee cup!

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      Bruce A. Beaudet 5 years ago from Canada

      Great place to play tic tac toe. Neat idea.

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      restoremyheart 5 years ago

      What an great way to leave yourself and your loved ones positive messages or verses:) Thanks!

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      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      Thanks, WarrioressRising! It's a great gift FOR the grandkids, OR for the grandkids to help you make! Good luck, and thanks for stopping by!

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      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      Thanks, Jessica! Is this a not-so-subtle hint that you want one? ;)

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      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      Thanks, RTalloni. I hope you give it a try!

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      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      Thanks, missolive! It really IS as easy as it sounds! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      Thanks, Sestasik - It's a great craft - not too time-consuming or expensive, and it looks great once it's done!

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      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      DJBudd - Thanks for the comment!

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      WarrioressRising 5 years ago from Kansas

      Love this craft idea, the grand kids are going to love this to.

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      jessicakennedy 5 years ago from Kansas

      Laura, that's awsome! Do you remember that my birthday is in February?

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Really nice idea for crafting and giving. Thanks for sharing the directions!

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      This is an incredibly easy and neat idea! Thank you for sharing.

      voted up

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      sestasik 5 years ago

      Yes, this is a very cool gift idea. I will definitely be trying this one out in the future. Voted up and sharing.

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      DJBudd 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona USA

      This is extremely cool. Thanks for the great tip.