Decorate a Ceramic Mug with Paint Pens

Decorating your own mug, cup or glassware is super fun and really easy to do with paint pens.

A hand-painted cup or mug makes a great gift for almost any occasion and its a great activity for both adults and kids. The designs can be as simple or complicated as you like.

Some perfect occasions for a DIY mug include:

  • Mother's Day
  • Father's Day
  • Christmas themed glasses or mugs for the family Xmas table
  • Easter decorations (Easter decorated mug filled with eggs)
  • "You're a 🌟" mug for a child who achieves something at school

DIY Mug design with paint pens

Here are the main steps you should follow to create a masterpiece on your favourite ceramic or glass item...

Step 1

Thoroughly clean the surface first using rubbing alcohol (eg Isoprol or Methylated Spirits)

Step 2

Paint your design using either our Medium Tip or Extra Fine Tip Paint pens. Let it air dry completely (24 hours).

Step 3

Baking the paint onto your item helps to 'cure' the paint and make it more permanent. When completely dry, place the object into a cold oven, set the oven to 180 Degrees Celcius.  After 1 hour, turn the oven off and let the object cool completely in the oven.

Caring for you Item

Hand-wash only in cold or warm water, don't put it in the dishwasher.

Remember there is still a chance that the acrylic paint may scratch if you are particularly rough with it, so handle and clean the item with care!


If you are looking for a design idea for your DIY mug design - check out this video: