How to design your own coffee mug kit

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How to design your own coffee mug kit
Coffee mugs can easilty be painted and designed to fit any personality. (coffee mug image by andrew chambers from

Coffee mug kits make wonderful gifts that allow a person to design and make their own personalised coffee mugs. Coffee mug kits are also a good idea as party favours, or for a fun activity to do with guests at your next gathering. Designing and making coffee mug kits, whether as a gift for a friend or to use at your next party, is easy and can be done with a trip to your local crafts store.

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Things you need

  • White ceramic coffee mug
  • Pencil
  • Acrylic latex paints (of your choice)
  • Thick artist's brush
  • Thin artist's brush
  • Gift bag or box

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    Pick out a plain, white ceramic coffee mug to include in the kit. Find blank mugs in the pottery section of your local crafts store, or try a nearby dollar store. Another idea is to head to a pottery studio that sells plain mugs.

  2. 2

    Include a pencil in each kit to allow the person to draw their design on the mug first, and allow them to erase any mistakes. Most office supply stores or crafts stores will sell bags of pencils for cheap, if you are looking to make multiple kits.

  3. 3

    Purchase paints for the kit. Acrylic latex paints are fairly cheap and can be found at craft stores in small tubes or sample sizes. Ceramic paints are slightly more expensive, but can be heated in the oven and cooled after painting to give a professional finish. If the mug kit is for a holiday occasion, purchase colours in theme with the holiday, such as green, red and white for Christmas, or black, orange and green for Halloween.

  4. 4

    Purchase two artist's brushes to put in the coffee mug kit. Get a thick artist's brush to paint the overall colour of the mug, then a smaller one for design and details. Find these in the paint's section of your local crafts store either in bulk for multiple kits, or one of each if you are just making one kit.

  5. 5

    Pick out packaging for your kit. If you want to do a box, you can find gift boxes in a variety of designs and sizes at your craft store. Just remember you want it large enough to fit the coffee mug and all of the supplies. If you are making multiple kits, gift bags are a cheaper alternative and can be found at crafts or dollar stores.

  6. 6

    Take coffee mug, thick and thin artist's brush, paints, and a pencil and place them in the packaging of your choice, then give as a gift to a loved one.

Tips and warnings

  • Include directions in your kit if you think they may be needed. Include what each item is for, suggested drying time for paint based on the brand, and any tips, such as a spray of shellac sealant can help preserve coffee mugs for longer.
  • Set up a coffee mug design station at your next party, with large jars of paints and brushes, and supply each guest with a mug to design at the table.

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