Do-it-yourself print on mugs

Written by kelly sundstrom | 13/05/2017
Do-it-yourself print on mugs
You can perosnalise a mug using enamel glazing. (slav/iStock/Getty Images)

When you want to personalise coffee mugs by using a screen printing company, you can end up spending a lot of money to have a professional graphic artist create the mugs. However, you can save money by printing onto ceramic mugs yourself using an enamel paint that can be baked right in a conventional oven. For example, you can personalise ceramic coffee mugs by printing specific names onto them with lettering rubber stamps.

Sponge ceramic enamel surface conditioner onto the ceramic mug over the area you want to add print. The ceramic enamel surface conditioner will prepare the ceramic to accept enamel paint and will prevent the paint from chipping or wearing off.

Pour acrylic enamel paint into a flat dish and dip a rubber stamp into the paint. Shake off excess paint back into the dish.

Press the rubber stamp into the mug over the conditioner. Allow the paint to dry for 20 minutes. Repeat as many times as you prefer until you are satisfied with the printing.

Place the mug upright onto a baking tray and place the tray into a cold oven.

Turn the oven to 163 degrees Celsius (325 degrees Fahrenheit), and bake the mug for 10 minutes. Turn off the oven and let the mug cool inside the oven.


Wash your printed mugs by hand instead of in the washing machine to preserve the printing.

Things you need

  • Ceramic mug
  • Ceramic enamel surface conditioner
  • Art sponge
  • Acrylic enamel paint
  • Flat dish
  • Rubber stamps
  • Aluminium baking tray
  • Oven
  • Washing up liquid

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