Whenever you’re short of an idea for a gift, something you make yourself will always be well received. The time and effort you put into it give it much more meaning, and one popular homemade item that makes a perfect gift is a customized coffee mug.
There are a few possibilities when it comes to making DIY coffee mugs, so we’ve had a look online to see what other people have been trying – and as a result, here are 17 of the best plans we found.
- 1. DIY Sharpie Mugs
- 2. How to make Customized Mugs
- 3. Easy DIY Gift: Decorate a Mug with a Sharpie
- 4. Custom Sharpie Mug DIY
- 5. DIY Sharpie Painted Mugs
- 6. Dollar Tree Hydro-Dipped Coffee Mug
- 7. How do I Create Handmade Ceramics?
- 8. DIY Sharpie Mugs for Easy Personalized Gifts
- 9. Etch Glass by Hand – No Cream Etched Glass Coffee Mug
- 10. DIY Personalized Mugs
- 11. How to Make Wooden Coffee Mug?
- 12. Sharpie Mug Engagement Gift
- 13. How to Make Custom Designed Coffee Mugs
- 14. DIY Coffee Mug
- 15. DIY Custom Coffee Mugs
- 16. Making a Mug – The Entire Pottery Process
- 17. DIY Custom Coffee Mugs
- Loads of creative ideas to inspire you
1. DIY Sharpie Mugs
As this blogger explains, while there are countless ideas for DIY Sharpie mugs all over Pinterest, most of the plans don’t actually work because the Sharpie ink isn’t waterproof when applied to ceramic and will come off in the dishwasher. However, it is possible to make the plans work if you know just one special trick – and in this plan, you’ll find out what that trick is!
2. How to make Customized Mugs
In this detailed video tutorial, you’ll learn how to make beautiful customized coffee mugs using nothing but a few inexpensive supplies. You can buy plain mugs and most of the other stuff from Dollar Tree, and DIY mugs like this can make great personalized gifts. Want to know how it’s done? Then check out the tutorial!
3. Easy DIY Gift: Decorate a Mug with a Sharpie
A gift that you make yourself means so much more than something you simply picked up in a store, and that’s what makes these DIY mugs such a great idea. They’re easy to make, will cost you next to nothing and are sure to be well received by any family or friends you choose to give them to. Another fun tutorial that we enjoyed reading – check it out for more details.
4. Custom Sharpie Mug DIY
Here’s a plan that shows you how to make attractive customized mugs using a simple and inexpensive technique. The YouTuber gives you links for the designs she uses, but if you want to use the same techniques for designs of your own, that’s possible too. We like this video because of the way she explains everything clearly in a way that anyone can understand, so if you want to make something similar, you should have no problems copying.
5. DIY Sharpie Painted Mugs
There are lots of plans for Sharpie mugs online, but what we like about these are the vibrant, colorful designs – they’re some of the most creative and original we’ve seen. They’re also extremely simple to replicate, and this blog will give you all the details you need to do it, so if you’re looking for some inspiration, this blog is highly recommended.
6. Dollar Tree Hydro-Dipped Coffee Mug
When we’re looking for art and craft plans, it’s always so refreshing to find ideas that are completely different from what everyone else is doing – and this is a plan that certainly qualifies. In it, this creative YouTuber shows us how he decorated his coffee mug using a special hydro-dipping technique that creates unique and colorful patterns. It’s a great design that anyone can copy for next to nothing – so why not check it out to see if you want to try?
7. How do I Create Handmade Ceramics?
Most of the plans we found for DIY coffee mugs teach you how to decorate plain mugs you bought from a store. However, if you have the right materials, you can make mugs yourself from scratch, and if you want to learn how, this video is worth a look. It’s fascinating to watch techniques like imprinting leaves on the clay, and although this video doesn’t go into great detail, it’s still a great source of ideas for when you’re ready to start producing your own ceramic mugs at home.
8. DIY Sharpie Mugs for Easy Personalized Gifts
Here’s a blog full of useful details for making attractive DIY coffee mugs that anyone will be thrilled to receive as a gift. As the blogger writes, the personalized mug her husband gave her still makes her smile when she sees it, and it inspired her to learn how to make Sharpie mugs herself. In her tutorial, she shares all her experience, allowing you to begin creating similar mugs too.
9. Etch Glass by Hand – No Cream Etched Glass Coffee Mug
In this video, you learn about how to etch glass, a technique you can use to create personalized coffee cups with any design you can think of. What we like about this method is the way it allows you to etch on elaborate designs – although it’s a technique that will require some practice to master. Some people might find it difficult, but if you think you have the skills, it could be fun to try!
10. DIY Personalized Mugs
For the less artistically gifted, this easy technique for decorating coffee mugs could be a good creative outlet. What’s great about the mugs in the photos here is that they are so cute, even though the patterns and designs on them are extremely simple. This means just about anyone will be able to achieve similar results, even if you think you’re hopeless when it comes to drawing or painting.
11. How to Make Wooden Coffee Mug?
As an alternative to making or decorating a ceramic coffee mug, how about making one from wood? If that sounds like an intriguing prospect, this video will show you how to do it – without the need for specialist carving or woodturning tools. There are no complicated explanations, only a video showing you how to do it, so if that’s the way you like to learn, this video should be of interest.
12. Sharpie Mug Engagement Gift
The owner of this blog prides herself on only writing about projects “that work”, so if you’re looking for a plan that guarantees results, this one is worth a look. In it, she teaches us how to make customized mugs to congratulate somebody for their engagement, but of course, you could also adapt the plan to any other occasion – and whatever you make, they’re sure to be well received.
13. How to Make Custom Designed Coffee Mugs
Many craft plans require the use of something like a Cricut machine to create the stencils for your design, but this plan teaches you how to do everything by hand. Other than the material for the stencils, all you’ll need are the marker pens for coloring, so this is also an extremely inexpensive plan that will cost you next to nothing to replicate.
14. DIY Coffee Mug
If you prefer to make your stencils on a computer, this is a plan that tells you all you need to know. You simply print out the stencils using a regular computer printer and cut them out with scissors. After that, you just need to transfer the designs onto your plain mugs using the method explained to you in the tutorial. This is another extremely easy way of customizing coffee mugs, so if you prefer things to be as uncomplicated as possible, this is a plan that’s likely to appeal.
15. DIY Custom Coffee Mugs
This is a video tutorial we enjoyed watching since it’s always fun to see talented people at work. In this time-lapse video, we can observe this YouTuber decorating coffee mugs using a simple technique involving marker pens, and although the designs are very simple, the mugs all look fantastic. It just goes to show you don’t need to do anything fancy to create something beautiful, and if you watch this video, it’s sure to give you plenty of ideas.
16. Making a Mug – The Entire Pottery Process
If you’re interested in finding out how a mug is made from the beginning right to the very end of the process, this is the video for you. It shows you how the mug is first thrown on a pottery wheel, after which it is fired, glazed and then fired again. And just to prove that the mug works, we even get to see the YouTuber drinking a coffee from it at the end. Not everybody will be able to recreate this at home, but if you have access to pottery and a kiln, this could be a fun idea to attempt.
17. DIY Custom Coffee Mugs
Another option for decorating plain coffee mugs is to use Modge Podge, and if you’re a Modge Podge fan, this is a great plan for you to copy. As well as the super cute photos that give you ideas for designs to try, you’ll also find a list of all the materials you’ll need along with clear instructions to follow that tell you everything you need to know. A great plan, and one we enjoyed reading a lot!
Loads of creative ideas to inspire you
As you can see, there’s so much creativity and originality on show, and checking out what other people have been trying never fails to inspire us.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading and watching these plans as much as we have finding them for you – and above all, we hope we’ve helped you find all the ideas you need to make some DIY coffee mugs of your own.