February 25, 2015

DIY DIARY: Personalised Mugs

We've always been creative creatures. From the friendship bracelets of our childhood to the card-making we've featured here before. Over the Christmas break we decided to make our own monogram mugs. We've seen the Anthropologie initial mugs circulating on Pinterest, but seeing as we can't get our hands on them here in Australia, we thought why not make a DIY project of it?!

We loved the way our mugs turned out so much, that we have decided to show you how you can personalise your mugs, with another one of our designs.
  • Permanent Marker
In this post we have used ordinary permanent markers, but some people suggest that oil-based markers adhere to the mugs more effectively. As long as you stick to gentle handwashing, we have found that your basic permanent marker works just fine. Also, note that we started our design a little way down the cup. While the markers may be "non-toxic" we thought that it would be best to minimise the risk of ingesting it, just in case!
  • Pencil
  • White Vinegar
  • Cotton Bud


  1. Clean your mug with vinegar. This will get rid of any oil so that the marker will adhere to the mug more effectively.
  2. Shade in the back of your design with a lead pencil.
  3. Position your design onto your mug and trace over your design (use sticky tape to keep it in place so that it doesn't budge when you're working).
  4. Remove the design print out. You will notice that the lead pencil would have transferred and left an outline of your design on your mug.
  5. Go over the lead pencil with a permanent marker and leave for 12-24 hours for the ink to dry.
  6. Fill your mug up about 1/3 of the way with tap water, and microwave for 3 minutes, and then another 2 minutes.

Warning: Once microwaving is complete, leave the microwave door open a little to allow the cup to gradually cool. This will prevent the cup from cracking and also your fingers from burning!

Do you like DIY posts? If you want more arty and crafty ideas, make sure you follow us on GFC, Bloglovin', Twitter and Instagram. If you decide to recreate these mugs, please tweet or send us a picture, we'd love to see them all!

♥ M + K


  1. i LOVE these! Will have to try out this DIY sometime soon, these are too perfect!

    1. Make sure you tweet us a picture once you do!!

      M + K

  2. THAT TEMPLATE IS SERIOUSLY BEAUTIFUL. I've seen so many tutorials for DIY personalized mugs, but honestly, I haven't tried one out for myself yet, just because I think my art always looks wonky and I wouldn't want to ruin a mug!
    Really loving those monogrammed ones as well!

    1. Aww... Thanks Vanessa. We put a lot of time and effort into the tutorials so hearing that has honestly made our week!! That's the beauty of handcrafted things though, they don't need to be too perfect. We personally love it when pieces have little quirks. We are by no means artists, and in no way have steady hands. So give it a go and let us know how it turns out. We're sure you will be pleasantly surprised!

      M + K

  3. This is great and your mugs turn out amazing!

    Wanna try this dyi someday soon!

    Lu | loulou

    1. Thank you Lu! Tweet us a picture when you do give this a go!

      M + K

  4. I'm going to sound really stupid now but I never realised you could just use a marker pen on a mug and it wouldn't come off in the washing up bowl. I'm seriously excited and want to go play with mugs and markers NOW!
    Ta for sharing
    Betty x
    The Betty Stamp

  5. This is really cool! Wanna try it myself :)

  6. This is an amazing idea! I may make my mum one for mothers day, thanks for the inspo! xxx

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