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How to Monogram Coffee Mugs

Updated on September 3, 2012

Do it Yourself Monogrammed Coffee Mug

Add a personal touch to a ceramic coffee mug with a monogram!
Add a personal touch to a ceramic coffee mug with a monogram! | Source

Decorating on a Budget

For those of us on a budget, buying new decorative items for the home is just not an option. I had to remind myself of that rule when I saw a beautiful set of hand painted monogrammed coffee mugs which would have perfectly matched my dinnerware. As I picked up the set of six mugs, I about fell over in a state of shock glancing at the price tag. I thought to myself that I could totally make these personalized cups for a fraction of the price. With that idea in mind and a couple of items from the local craft store, I made my own set of monogrammed coffee mugs for less than seven dollars.

So if you are looking for inexpensive ways to update your dinnerware or just looking for a unique gift idea for that special someone, try adding a personal touch to ceramic coffee mugs with a monogram. By turning it into a DIY craft project, you can be sure to save a lot of money while still creating that new piece of home décor. Below you will find step-by-step instructions on how I updated and added a monogram to my own set of coffee mugs with a stencil and ceramic paint marker.


DIY Monogrammed Coffee Mugs

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My finished monogrammed coffee mug!Wipe the coffee mug clean with a paper towel and rubbing alcohol to remove any residue.Tape stencil to coffee mug and use ceramic paint marker to make monogrammed letter.Use cotton swabs with rubbing alcohol like an eraser to fix any mistakes. Let dry and repaint if needed.Put coffee mugs in oven and bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes.
My finished monogrammed coffee mug!
My finished monogrammed coffee mug! | Source
Wipe the coffee mug clean with a paper towel and rubbing alcohol to remove any residue.
Wipe the coffee mug clean with a paper towel and rubbing alcohol to remove any residue. | Source
Tape stencil to coffee mug and use ceramic paint marker to make monogrammed letter.
Tape stencil to coffee mug and use ceramic paint marker to make monogrammed letter. | Source
Use cotton swabs with rubbing alcohol like an eraser to fix any mistakes. Let dry and repaint if needed.
Use cotton swabs with rubbing alcohol like an eraser to fix any mistakes. Let dry and repaint if needed. | Source
Put coffee mugs in oven and bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes.
Put coffee mugs in oven and bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes. | Source

How to Monogram Coffee Mugs

This easy, do it yourself craft project is a creative way to spice up an old set of solid colored coffee mugs. If you don't already own a set, be sure to check out discount stores or even the thrift store to get a great deal. Below are the supplies you will need to get started and step-by-step directions to creating this craft project.

Supplies:

  • Coffee mugs
  • Stencils
  • Ceramic paint marker
  • Tape
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton swabs
  • Paper towels

Directions:

  1. Wash and dry coffee mugs. Use a paper towel with rubbing alcohol to wipe down coffee mug to get rid of any trace of dish soap or other residue.

  2. Place stencil on coffee mug. Use several pieces of tape to secure the stencil onto the mug.

  3. Shake ceramic paint marker well before use. Push tip of marker down on a paper towel to get paint flowing and ready to use.

  4. Paint outline of stencil onto coffee mug. (Don't worry if paint bleeds beyond the outline of stencil.) Finish painting inside of stencil and let dry for a few minutes.

  5. Carefully detach stencil. Don't panic if it looks like a mess! Take a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol and erase away any excess paint or mistakes. (If you want to completely remove the painted letter, wipe away with paper towel and rubbing alcohol to start again.)

  6. Let completely dry for a couple of hours. If desired, paint over stencil again to reach desired color or to fix any mistakes.

  7. Once completely dry, place coffee mugs on baking pan and put in oven to set the finished design. Set temperature at 300 degrees and bake for 30 minutes. Do not put mugs in a preheated oven! The mugs must gradually warm with the oven to avoid shattering or breaking.

  8. When finished baking, carefully take out the pan of hot mugs and allow time for them to cool down naturally. Once completely cool, hand wash gently and admire your beautifully monogrammed coffee mugs!

DIY Homemade Gift Ideas

These coffee mugs make the perfect gift for any birthday, holiday, or just as a simple thank you gift to someone who has helped you out. You can either give a whole set of coffee mugs or just make one with a special treat inside.

Below are several design ideas with examples of what you can put inside your homemade monogrammed coffee mug gift.

Coffee Mug Gift Ideas

Occasion
Design Ideas
What to Put in Mug
Birthday
name, initials, age, balloons, stars
giftcard, favorite candy, baked goods
Valentine's Day
name, initials, hearts, love, cupid
flowers, candy, coupons, giftcard, baked goods
Easter
name, initials, bunnies, flowers, colorful dots
flowers, candy, garden seeds, baked goods
Mother's or Father's Day
name, initials, #1 mom or dad, hearts, love
candy, giftcard, chore coupons, baked goods
Halloween
name, initials, ghosts, witches, bats, black cat
candy, giftcard, spooky treats
Christmas
name, initials, snowman, santa claus, snowflakes
hot chocolate, marshmallows, giftcard, baked goods
Teacher Gift
name, initials, apples, abc's, blackboard, #1 teacher
candy, giftcard, baked goods, school supplies
Thank You Gift
name, initials, thank you, hearts, flowers
candy, giftcard, thank you letter, baked goods

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Easy Home Décor Craft Project

The next time you need an easy home décor update or unique gift for that special someone, try out these monogrammed coffee mugs. If you already have the mugs you want to use, you will only need to purchase the ceramic paint marker and stencils to get you started.

These markers and monogramming directions can also be applied to ceramic plates, bowls, and other serving dishes. As long as the marker is toxic free, there is no limit on what ceramic dishes you can monogram!

I hope you have found a great DIY home décor project for updating your dinnerware. If you have any questions or comments about this do it yourself craft, feel free to leave these in the comment section below. Happy monogramming!

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    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Your mug is very stylish and gives me a great gift idea for the next celebration. It would be nice to get a personalized mug containing a gift card to your favorite coffee shop. Great hub topic!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Hi teaches12345! Coffee giftcards would be perfect to add to these mugs when giving as a gift. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind comments!

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      Cholee Clay 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      I love DIY projects, and am always looking for new ways to save money. I am definitely going to be monogramming my coffee mugs:) Right now they are a solid mocha brown, but I can make them match my kitchen with a splash of color! Thanks for the easy to follow directions and ideas! Another great hub!

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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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      Adventure Colorad 5 years ago from Denver,CO

      This is something that my kids would love to do. Great idea!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Shesabutterfly! This is definitely a budget friendly craft project especially when you are updating a set of old coffee mugs. Hope they turn out well for you! Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks cloverleaffarm! Appreciate your visit and comment!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Hi Adventure Colorad! This would be a fun project for kids too. Even my youngest son asked when he got to paint a coffee mug :) Appreciate you stopping by and for your comment!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Very creative!! Looks easy enough to do with your directions. I like the mugs:)

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Awesome tutorial! This would be a great gift for so many different occasions.

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Sunshine625! I was really pleased with the way they turned out. So happy to hear you liked them too :) Appreciate you stopping by!

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      GClark 5 years ago from United States

      Voted up on this interesting and helpful hub. Great advice. GClark

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Hi randomcreative! I was thinking these would make great gifts too - especially with a giftcard or other special treats inside the mug. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much GClark! Appreciate your visit and for the vote up!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Another great idea from you! I love learning all of these creative ideas. Thanks for the guide and I've "pinned" this hub.

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      George Smith 5 years ago

      do you happen to know anyone that has a vinyl cutter. I do vinyl cutout stencils designed on my computer to use for glass etching works very well for painting also and more sharp lines

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      Teresa Coppens 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      fantastic DIY hub. I think it would be a doable craft for me! I see a great idea for next year's Christmas gifts here. voted up and pinning it!

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      These are great and the steps sound so simple! They would make great gifts for birthdays, Christmas, or any special day. I voted this up and useful.

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Awesome! Thanks so much Cara! Appreciate the visit and I love your magical pinning powers! :)

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Hi George! Thanks for that helpful tip - I know what I am putting on my Christmas list this year! Appreciate you stopping by!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Teresa! They would make great Christmas gifts. Hope they turn out well for you! Appreciate you stopping by and for the votes and pin!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Hi Ebower! It really is an easy project and budget friendly too :) Thanks so much for stopping by and for the votes!

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      Rachel Vega 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Love love love this! Voted up and awesome!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much theclevercat! Happy to hear you loved it! Appreciate you stopping by and for the votes!

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      Mommiegee 5 years ago from Alabama

      Wow, I am definitely trying this idea over the holidays. This is right up my alley. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Hi Mommigee! Happy to hear you will be trying this project out - hope it turns out well for you! Appreciate you stopping by!

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      Jennifer 4 years ago

      Do you know if these are food safe after you bake them in the oven?

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Hi Jennifer! Although I have only used these ceramic paint markers on my dishes for decorative purposes, the ones that specifically state toxic free and food safe on the label claim they are safe to use near food after the baking process.

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      LaThing 3 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      What a great idea, specially for gift giving! I can just see myself painting everything around the house, LOL! Thanks for this inspiring hub.

      Take care....

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'm back 19 months later for a refresher course! :)

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      Alissa Roberts 3 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thank you both so much for stopping by and commenting! I am actually drinking coffee out of one of my monogrammed mugs right now. They do make great gifts for this holiday season :)

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      Elliott Shifman 2 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      I'll have to try this sometime when I have some free time. #elliottshifman

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      Treasures By Brenda 2 years ago from Canada

      Very trendy project. Monogrammed mugs are everywhere...being able to make them yourself is a great economical idea.

      Pinning your page to my I LOVE COFFEE MUGS Pinterest board and sharing it on my Facebook group of the same name.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      What an awesome and clever idea. What a thoughtful gift idea, too. Voted up!

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      Carol Morris 13 months ago

      I love this! I was wondering what craft to make as a gift for my son's teacher, this might just be it. Thanks!

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