How to Monogram Coffee Mugs
Do it Yourself Monogrammed Coffee Mug
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.
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Ceramic Paint Markers
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.
- Coffee mugs
- Ceramic paint marker
- Rubbing alcohol
- Cotton swabs
- Paper towels
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.
Place stencil on coffee mug. Use several pieces of tape to secure the stencil onto the mug.
Shake ceramic paint marker well before use. Push tip of marker down on a paper towel to get paint flowing and ready to use.
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.
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.)
Let completely dry for a couple of hours. If desired, paint over stencil again to reach desired color or to fix any mistakes.
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.
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
What to Put in Mug
name, initials, age, balloons, stars
giftcard, favorite candy, baked goods
name, initials, hearts, love, cupid
flowers, candy, coupons, giftcard, baked goods
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
name, initials, ghosts, witches, bats, black cat
candy, giftcard, spooky treats
name, initials, snowman, santa claus, snowflakes
hot chocolate, marshmallows, giftcard, baked goods
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
What ceramic dish are you planning to monogram?
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!