DIY Personalized Mugs

DISCLAIMER: The “happy camper” image I drew was *inspired* by Pinterest images, and apparently the slogan was coined by CampBrandGoods, so go check out their gear if you like that theme. I have not taken credit for the slogan in this post, I am strictly teaching people how to create their own camping mugs. I encourage DIYers to draw whatever images and text you would like on your mugs. 

A friend of mine asked me to make these DIY camping mugs as Christmas presents. Her and her high school friends have had an annual camping trip for the past few years, and every year they end up getting rained out. Naturally, when all your clothes, sleeping bags and bedding are soaked through, it’s a little hard to be a “happy camper.”

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The “happy camper” logo has been floating around Pinterest, and I have been informed it was coined by CampBrandGoods. I added the canoe and trees because they love canoeing and setting up their hammocks during their trips.

I’ve seen a lot of the DIY tutorials for the homemade mugs where you can write anything in permanent marker, but the instructions always differ. Here’s the method that worked best for me:

DIY personalized enamelware coffee mugs

Enamelware coffee mugs (we bought ours here)
Set of permanent markers in any colors
Paper for testing your drawings
Oven

*When choosing mugs, you will want to ensure that they are oven and dishwasher safe. The ones I mentioned above are!*

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Start with deciding what you want to write or draw on your mugs. Naturally, I  called upon trusty Pinterest for inspiration. I tested the drawings out on paper to make sure they would fit the mug. Once I felt comfortable with my concepts, I started writing on the mugs.

Good news: If you mess something up and the marker is still pretty fresh, you can wipe it off with a wet rag or clorox wipe and start over.

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Once you have your drawings ready on your mugs, set them in the COLD oven and then turn it on to 350 degrees. When your oven signals that it has reached the temperature, set a timer for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, turn off the oven but do not open the door or take the mugs out. Let them sit in the oven for 1-2 hours until it has cooled back down. Letting the mugs start cool and completely cool after baking will prevent the enamelware coating from cracking.

After they have cooled, your mugs are ready to go! While the oven significantly helps set the marker and prevents it from being wiped off, I still recommend hand-washing after use.

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