How-To: Dishwasher Safe Decorated Mugs

How-To: Dishwasher Safe Decorated Mugs
by Rachel Mae Smith

If you're looking for a budget friendly project for Mother's Day, or just want something new for your own home, then you'll want to make these dishwasher safe painted mugs! The project really only takes 20 minutes (plus bake time), and you can even find plain mugs at the dollar store. Here's how: 

What you'll need:

- ceramic mugs
- Vitrea 160 paint + marker
- brush
- oven

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As long as you have the right paint for this project (and bake when done), you shouldn't run into any troubles with your mugs. You can decorate them anyway you like, but to get the same look as mine, start by applying your color base. The paint appears a bit thin on glazed ceramic, so it may have a transparent feel to it depending on how thickly you apply it. Let each coat dry before adding additional color.

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Once the color is dry, you can go back over it with your Pebeo marker to add a pattern. 

Once you're satisfied  with your design, put in the oven and bake for 40 minutes at 325 degrees F. If you don't bake your mug, the design will not last. Once the forty minutes is up, turn off your oven and let it cool down with the mugs inside (so they don't break).


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And that's all there is to it! Your design is now permanent and dishwasher safe. 

by Rachel Mae Smith
by Rachel Mae Smith
by Rachel Mae Smith




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Anna on Mar 28, 2018:

Can you use stencil to put on mugs

Stephanie on Feb 13, 2018:

Would you be able to use either of these products with a vinyl stencil?

Anonymous on Feb 11, 2018:

Mug 2

Meredith on Feb 13, 2017:

Have you ever had any issues with using the mug in the microwave? Also do you spray a sealant on them?

Amanda on Aug 21, 2016:

Would this work on a porcelain mug? Thanks!

Anonymous on Jun 29, 2015:

Hi I was just about to order some of this paint but would like to know the names of the colors you used so I have a more accurate starting point. The one you picked are so beautiful. Thanks, Janette

Judy on May 22, 2015:

Melanie....give it a try...what have you got to lose?  As long as there is no cork or anythiing like that on the back of the tiles.

Eva on May 09, 2015:

I see no reason why it wouldn't work on tiles, just as long as you pop them in the oven for the required amount of time. 

Melanie on Apr 29, 2015:

These are so cute :)  I was wondering if this would work on tile? I have some white tiles that I want to make into coasters.

CapreeK on Apr 27, 2015:


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