Day 5 brings us Christmas Cheer in a fun and festive Christmas coffee mug for the 12 Crafts of Christmas
Who doesn’t love a fun coffee mug? I can just imagine how many holiday coffee mugs you have in your collection. And who can blame you? There are so many fun prints to add festive fun to your morning java. This year, you can spread that Christmas cheer to others with a custom Christmas coffee mug from the 12 Crafts of Christmas series. Let’s get started.
Check out the previous craft: Christmas Lanterns
Christmas Coffee Mug Supplies
1 Plain Coffee Mug
A Collection of Sharpies ( I used metallics and black)
Step 1: Discover Your Design
I think this is the first craft that doesn’t involve a hot glue gun. Unless you break off the handle of the mug and need to glue it back on, but that’s on you 😉 . You will want to spend some time figuring out what you want on your mug. I went with Coffee, Cookies, Christmas Cheer. You can do something different though if you prefer. Pick your favorite line from a Christmas Carol, draw snowflakes, write a witty liner like OCD: Obsessive Christmas Disorder. Just promise me you’ll have fun with it! DIY crafts should be fun.
Step 2: Measure and Plan your Design Placement
To make your mug look more professional, make sure your words are written evenly across your mug. To do this, measure an inch down from the top of the mug and put a little dot with the black sharpie. You only need to do this where the letters will line up. That way you have a grid to follow as you write/draw your design.
Step 3: Add Sticker Letters
Following the grid you just made, add your sticker letters to create your Christmas words. It works well if you inspect your mug after you place each letter to make sure they are indeed going in a straight line. And make sure there is some spacing around each letter for the marker dots to outline the letters. You don’t want them to blend together so you can’t read your witty mug. The nice thing about sticker letters is you can adjust them with a bit of pressure if one looks a bit crooked. I did Coffee and Cookies in the letters and later on, handwrote Christmas Cheer for personality. You can choose to use all letter stickers if you’re not comfortable with your own handwriting. I think it’s a nice touch though!
Step 4: Seeing Spots
Once your sticker letters are in place, take your fav sharpie marker colors and start making little dots randomly all over and around the letters. I used gold first, then copper, then silver. Don’t be afraid to layer your dots to give more dimension to your design. And if you like a color more than others, use it first then go back over the dots with it at the end so it’s on the bottom and top layer. It’ll be more noticeable this way.
Step 5: Handwritten Touch
Really add your personal stamp to the Christmas coffee mug by handwriting (or printing) the last line. It’ll make it stand out more, and no one will question who made this amazing mug (you’re so talented!). Now, this is where the rubbing alcohol can come in to play.
As you are handwriting or drawing your designs, if you make a mistake or are really not happy with how your writing looks, you can erase it. Put some rubbing alcohol on a cotton pad or tissue and wipe the words/design away. If it only smears it, go back over with a clean pad of rubbing alcohol. It’s like a magic eraser. Once your mug has dried, you can attempt it again. I redid my writing probably 5 times before I was happy with the spacing and look.
Step 6: Remove the Stickers
When you’re done with the Sharpies, don’t forget to remove your sticker letters. They aren’t meant to stay on. Instead, you used them to color block the mug background so now the letters pop out against the sharpie dots. So peel those stickers off. You can do some touch-ups if you need to so the letters are clearly defined.
Step 7: Bake A Mug
Preheat your oven to 350*F. And put your mug standing upright on a baking sheet. When the oven reaches cooking temperature, slide the mug into the oven. You’re going to let it back for 30 minutes at 350*F. This will set the marker ink so that it can’t just be rubbed off. Handwashing the mug is still recommended to make the design last longer. Once the 30 minutes are up, remove the mug, turn off your oven, and let the mug cool.
Step 8: Trial Test
Before you gift your mug, I think you should do a trial test on it. Make yourself a hot cup of coffee, put your feet up, and enjoy some delicious sips from your handmade Christmas coffee mug while watching a Christmas movie. Make the mug adds Christmas cheer to the coffee.
I hope you had fun with this diy Christmas Coffee Mug. Share with anyone you think would enjoy making their own mug. Be sure to check out the other diy projects in the 12 Crafts of Christmas series.