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DIY Christmas Mug Decorating

Christmas Mug Decorating Made Easy

Needing a new and updated look for my coffee bar, I wanted to create an easy DIY coffee mug. Being creative, it’s hard to shut your mind down because you are always coming up with new ideas. The simplest thing sends my mind racing, such as wanting some new mugs to help decorate my coffee bar. Everyone has cute mugs for their coffee in the mornings. I came up with some cute Christmas mug decorating ideas.

Being creative, I wanted to create something different, something that would make my heart sing first thing in the morning and get my day started on a good note. I needed something that would make me smile. You know, that something special that no one else has. Something with glitter sounded nice. I love glitter because it makes me happy. I also love a good DIY. With that said, I decided to do an easy DIY of my own. My cute Christmas mug ideas were a good place to start. I love to change things up and decorate, especially when I can use things I already have.

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Upcycle and Thrifty

Having two cute Christmas mug decorating ideas leftover from the Christmas season, I thought I’d start there first. Why buy new if I could possibly redo it myself? Loving to decorate and update things around the house, I try and use things I already have. It’s fun and cost-effective. Luckily I had a Christmas bear and a snowman from the dollar store. They were nothing special but I wanted to make them glamorous. I wanted something sparkly and new to get that fabulous boutique look. If I could pull off an easy DIY, maybe they could hang around till the spring. All they really needed was a little paint and some glitter. I was going to try to make this idea work. Glitter and sparkle for a new, updated boutique look was the plan I was going for. Willing to put this idea to the test, I began planning. Never having painted on mugs before, I was hoping this would turn out.

Getting My Creativeness On

I decided on two beautiful colors from Dixie Belle: Soft Pink and Sea Glass. Soft Pink is a delicate pink color and Sea Glass is a gorgeous, soft, blue turquoise. I chose this brand because I knew this paint had great coverage and worked on the glass. After all, snowmen and snowwomen can be any color. The bear would look adorable in a beautiful soft teal color. When I think bear, I think polar bear. Polar bears live in the cold and they are surrounded by ice. So, I chose the color Sea Glass. Now that I had the color choices, all I needed was matching glitter. I knew I had some in my craft stash. My new easy DIY decorating coffee mugs were coming together.

A Little Paint and Some Imagination

I knew the colors I had chosen would work perfectly. Anxious to begin, I used mod podge as a primer and painted thin layers with a small paintbrush to the areas I was going to paint. Why did I do this? Because glass is slippery and I wanted the paint to stick and last, not chip off easily. It acts as a bonder, allowing the paint to grip and adhere easier. I allowed the mod podge to dry thoroughly before painting over it. The drying time took approximately fifteen to twenty minutes.
Once dried, I painted the areas where I applied the mod podge in the Soft Pink color. It immediately changed into the cutest snowman I had ever seen. It was the perfect color choice for this now adorable snowman. With the bear, I did the same process but I used the Sea Glass color. Both mugs were so adorable and I hadn’t applied the glitter yet. I allowed both mugs to dry thoroughly. It was approximately twenty to thirty minutes before I went to the next step. I was excited but, in this case, patience would pay off. The paint had to dry thoroughly. I wanted to make sure this DIY was going to be a success.

Loving The Added Touches of Glitter

Once they were dried completely, I wanted to add the glitter next. I couldn’t wait to get this last step done. I grabbed a paper plate and glitter then placed the paper plate under the mug. Knowing glitter can be messy, and having used glitter many times before, this step would save me clean up time and allow me to pour the excess glitter back into its container easily. I knew the paint had to be wet in order for the glitter to stick properly so, I started painting the areas again, only this time in small sections- approximately one to two inches- to keep it wet.
While the paint was wet, I sprinkled glitter as evenly as possible making sure it stuck. Knocking off the excess glitter by gently tapping the mug, I then moved them carefully to the next area and repeated the process until the mug was covered in glitter in the areas I wanted. I repeated the same process with the bear, using a different color of glitter. You can do this to any mug you choose, with any color you love.
This Christmas mug decorating DIY was done for decorative purposes only! I had no intention of drinking out of them!
I wanted these for my coffee bar to give it an added decorative and personal touch. To my surprise, the mugs turned out better than I thought. They looked like they came from an upscale, high-end shop. My easy DIY decorating was a hit! I allowed these to dry for at least twenty-four hours before I placed them on my now newly decorated coffee bar.
But I wasn’t stopping there! Please check out my next blog because I am going to tell you how to kick these beautiful mugs up a notch by creating faux whipped cream. So please make sure to sign up for my email. You’re not going to want to miss this! I hope you like my easy DIY coffee mug decorating tips and will find them useful.
gluedtomycraftsblog.com/2013/12/diy-painted-mugs-that-wont-wash-away-craft.html
https://www.kenarry.com/how-to-paint-diy-coffee-mugs/
https://www.deliciousanddiy.com/diy-hand-painted-mug/

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