Friday, August 2, 2013

Hand Painted Coffee Cups

These personalized to-go coffee mugs make a great gift.  I made these for some of my family last Christmas.  "Coffee Business"  is kind of an inside joke with my family.  My late grandfather lovingly coined the phrase several years ago, and we have since been using it after dinner at family gatherings.  So what a fun and perfect phrase to paint on these cups.  I bought the cups at Jo Ann fabrics, and I've seen them at all major retailers.  These are plastic and dishwasher safe.

I have a cricut machine which I use to cut out my own vinyl lettering. However if you don't have one, you can buy letter stickers at your local craft store and just remove the sticker inside, or you can buy sticker stencils as well. Attach those to your mug and get ready to paint.

I used Martha Stewarts multi-surface paint which is safe for plastic and is pretty heavy duty.  Just be sure to read the back of the label on your paint to be sure it will stick to your surface.

I ended up using only the black because I liked the contrast.  Just use a brush to apply a thin layer of paint over your stencil.  I peeled it up right away in case I needed to fix any paint before it dried.

Let dry according to directions and you have an awesome gift with a personal touch that someone couldn't just go to a store and buy!  Now let's get on with that coffee business!!

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  1. Very nice. I found myself loving your blog.. Been reading nonstop for over an hour. I too own a cricut machine, I don't know what my life would be without it. Lol
    I made some coffee mugs (ceramic) with the same exact paint and didn't turn out so good. Paint washed off after first wash. How did yours do after washing? Thanks.

    1. I'm so glad you like it!! For ceramic or glass, it says to cure the paint for 21 days, or you can bake them in the oven. Put them in a cold oven, turn it to 350, then set the timer for 30 minutes. Turn off the oven and let it cool completely before you take them out. That makes them dishwasher safe on the top rack. Hope this helps!! So glad you stopped by!!


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