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How to Paint Mugs

Updated April 17, 2017

Kids can give painted mugs to their parents on holidays like Mother's Day and Father's Day. Students can paint mugs as a school art project. You can also personalise your own mugs by painting your name, nickname or a fancy design. Use permanent ceramic paint, so the paint won't chip off. Permanent ceramic paint is waterproof and dishwasher-safe, so the mugs can be cleaned regularly and last for years.

Clean the ceramic mug using soap and warm water. Dry the mug using a dry, clean cloth to create a clean surface for painting.

Use a small paintbrush and permanent ceramic paint to paint a personalised design on the surface of the mug. If you are painting a mug for yourself, consider painting things that mean something to you, like your name, nickname or sports number. Paint images or messages that relate to the recipient, when designing mugs for holiday gifts.

Allow the paint to dry overnight. Some paints take longer than others to dry, so make sure the paint has cured completely before you use your mug.

Things You'll Need

  • Ceramic mug
  • Permanent ceramic paint
  • Small paintbrush
  • Cloth
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About the Author

David Shaw has been writing professionally since 2006. He has featured music-related articles in "Connections" and "Axis Magazine." Shaw attended Florida State University where he majored in communications and he was granted a certificate of completion from Full Sail Real World Education for the recording arts program.