Simple DIY Painted Mug For The Holidays

I am so ready for the cold weather; I know most people love sunny days and summer, but winter is my absolute favorite time of year! I love the crisp bite in the air and the snow on the ground, and my favorite thing is coming inside out of the cold and warming up with a big mug of hot chocolate. I’m already excited for winter, so I made myself a cute DIY painted mug for the holiday season!

Make a cute DIY painted mug for the holidays with paint pens and adhesive stencils! Great neighbor gifts!

This project only took about ten minutes (besides the baking to set the paint on the mug) and now I have a super cute and festive mug for my hot chocolate! These mugs also make the perfect holiday gift for friends and neighbors. You could even give homemade hot chocolate mix in a little baggie along with the mug; just add hot water or milk to make a delicious cup of hot chocolate!

Simple DIY Painted Mug For The Holidays

  • 10 minutes (time spent doing stuff)
  • 26 hours (time spent waiting around)
  • 26 hours 10 minutes (total project time)



  • a plain mug (these are the mugs I normally use, but for this project I found a cute holiday mug at Michaels on sale!)
  • rubbing alcohol
  • cotton balls

Supplies needed for making DIY painted mugs


Start by washing your mug with soap and water, then toweling it dry. Clean any area you plan to paint using a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol; this will remove any oils or grease from your fingers.

Then all that’s left is to paint your mug! I used Elmer’s paint markers that are designed to work on ceramics. Just shake the marker, depress the tip on a clean paper towel a few times until the paint starts flowing, then draw on your mug.

Use paint pens to make a simple DIY painted mug

The mug I used already had a raised design on it, so I just added some color to the raised parts. I also used my adhesive stencils to add a few ornaments for extra holiday cheer.

Use paint pens and adhesive stencils to make a simple DIY painted mug

Just make sure when using stencils to really push the edges of the stencil down firmly before painting; you don’t want any paint to seep under the edges and ruin your design! If you do get any stray marks, you can always wipe the paint away with a paper towel. The paint doesn’t really stick to the mug super well until it’s fully dried and then baked, so you have a 5-10 minute window where you can wipe away any extra paint.

Make a simple DIY painted mug using paint pens and adhesive stencils

Set the mug aside and let the paint dry for 24 hours. Then stick the mug in a cold oven on a cookie sheet.

Bake your DIY painted mug to cure the paint and make it washable

Turn the oven on to 350 degrees F and let the mug warm up in the oven as it heats up; this will help prevent the mug from cracking due to an extreme temperature change. Once the oven has reached 350, set a timer for 30 minutes and leave the mug in the hot oven. When the timer goes off, turn off the oven, but leave the mug in the oven while it cools down; again you don’t want to subject the mug to a rapid change in temperature or it could crack.

When the mug and the oven have cooled down, take the mug out of the oven and it’s ready for use!

Make a cute DIY painted mug for the holidays with paint pens and adhesive stencils! Great neighbor gifts!

I wash all of my handmade mugs by hand (even my washable Sharpie mug), just to ensure that the design lasts. But after curing for 24 hours and baking for half an hour, these mugs should, in theory, be top rack dishwasher safe. The dishwasher can be really rough on your dishes though, so the design may not last as long. I figure it’s always safer to wash by hand, and we have to wash dishes every day anyway, so it’s not too much hassle. 🙂

Make a cute DIY painted mug for the holidays with paint pens and adhesive stencils! Great neighbor gifts!

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Jessi Wohlwend

I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. I love sharing simple craft ideas, step by step DIY project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things!

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  1. Laura says

    3 years ago

    I have a charity auction coming up and I have to put together a basket for a silent auction geared at men. I have two jar mugs but they’re clear. Do you think it would work for me to paint the whole jar or do you think that would be too much? I was thinking a camo design or something to make it manly.

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      3 years ago

      I wouldn’t paint the top inch of the mug; you don’t want paint where you would put your mouth to drink out of it. But you could paint the rest of it!

  2. Abi says

    4 years ago

    I was curious how these paint pens compare the the Sharpie Oil Based paint markers. Which do you suggest for diy mugs?
    I really like your mug! It’s cute! 🙂

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      4 years ago

      I know the Sharpie oil based markers work really well and are pretty permanent if you’re careful when washing the mugs. So far these pens are working great as well, but I haven’t been using this mug as long as I’ve been using my Sharpie mug, so I can’t really say yet how long it’ll last with regular hand washings.

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