30+ Cute Ceramic Mug Ideas with Various Color Variation

Any other coffee drinkers out there? Basically, if you don’t know what to get me for a gift, a mug is the perfect thing. And even better if it’s handmade. But mugs aren’t just a great gift for me. Hence, they are a great gift for a lot of occasions: hostess gifts, Father’s Day . . . any holiday, really.

Not to mention it’s relatively cheap to decorate them and can be done quickly. So if all of these things sound good to you, check out these ways to decorate mugs. Are there some DIY mugs in your future? There certainly are in mine!

DIY Mugs

Before we get into the project ideas, I want to give you some tips for personalized mugs. It’s not hard to do, but you’ll want the design you make to last, so there are several considerations!

Types of Mugs

If you are going to try a DIY mug, there are typically two surfaces you’ll want to consider: glass or ceramic. Both are relatively easy to work with.

Glass tends to look great with glitter and etching medium while ceramic is perfect for decorating with paint. In either case, you are going to want to prepare the mug as instructed below.

Preparing Your DIY Mug

If you’re going to decorate a mug, you’ll need to prepare it to receive the medium of your choice. That means washing with a bar of mild soap and water to remove oils from fingers/dirt. Let the mug dry completely before decorating.

Ways to Decorate Mugs

Some of the most popular supplies used for decorating mugs are:

  • Acrylic paint – if you use paint make sure that it is suitable for glass and/or ceramic. This would be something with multisurface, porcelain, or enamel on the label.
  • Etching medium – you’ll need a special medium for this process. You’ll also want to wear gloves as the product is acid. It’s a very unique look and I love the results.
  • Mod Podge – they offer a Dishwasher Safe formula that is perfect for top rack washing. This formula of Mod Podge is frequently combined with glitter to decorate mugs.
  • Nail Polish – marbling with nail polish is very popular. Visit our DIY marbled mugs tutorial!
  • Sharpies – you’ll want the oil-based paint pens. The regular Sharpies don’t provide consistency in terms of a permanent design.


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