How-To Personalize A Coffee Mug (without an epic fail)

July 5, 2017

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Did I mention how much I love to craft and how much I love Pinterest?! Who doesn’t love Pinterest?! Pinterest has changed our world. It has allowed even the most creative challenged person to exhibit some level of creativity.

Well how many of you have seen a project, how-to or DIY and said “I can do this!”? Only to try it out and it be a total fail. I have many times and i’d say I’m mediocre in creativity and skill. Haha!

Every Father’s Day I rack my brain so hard trying to think of the perfect gift for my dad. Tools would cause him to do more things around the house and so would grilling tools. And well everything else he buys if he really wants it. So this year I decided to have the kids make something special instead. We tried out the personalized mugs for Father’s Day. I wanted my kids to give their grandpa a meaningful and special gift. Even though I read and reviewed many different ones on Pinterest the first try was still a fail. Many of the posts said that I could use permanent markers then bake and it would stick. So I did exactly as it said.

Here are some pics of their original drawings. Each of my kids got to do one mug. I purchased the mugs from Ross so it was super affordable. Only $9! Or you can get them from amazon here.

Super cute ya! Even scribbles are cute:)

So after they drew on the mugs I let it sit for 24 hours. Then I baked it at 300 degrees for 30 minutes. Once I took it out I let it sit again just in case. I chose my 2 years olds scribble pic to test out. Ugh! It was so easy to rub off! There was no way that it would last a few uses. Bummer!

So off I went to Ben Franklin (On Father’s Day because I’m a procrastinator and busy taking care of 4 kids, 1 husband and many other things moms do) to look for water-based pens (which I should have did to begin with). You can get them from some  Wal-Marts, Ben Franklin, any type of craft supply store or here on

I had the kids help with wiping off their original artwork using a baby wipe.  I gave it a quick wash, dried it then let them draw again. I could tell from the start that these were going to work much better.

Here are the steps on how-to create personalized coffee mugs:

  1. Draw your design
  2. Let dry for 15 minutes
  3. Place the coffee mugs on a cookie sheet
  4. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
  5. Take out and let cool for 15 minutes.
  6. Voila! You’ve created a very special gift for a very special someone!


I hope my mis-trials help you to save time and energy and allow you to experience success on the first try!

Hope you try it out! I would love to see your personalized items!!!

(This post contains amazon affiliate links, which means I receive compensation if you make a purchase using the link.)

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