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How-To: Dishwasher Safe Decorated Mugs

by on Apr 27, 2015

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

A person with red nails painting a dot on a white cup.
by Rachel Mae Smith

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.

A person is using a marker to make a colorful design on a white cup.
by Rachel Mae Smith

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).


A woman's hand holding a colorfully painted coffee mug.
by Rachel Mae Smith

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

Cups with colorful smudges sit next to each other.
by Rachel Mae Smith
Two cups of coffed in brightly painted small cups with one cup on top of three stacked books.
by Rachel Mae Smith
White mug with tag on handle, decorated with swatches of different bright colors and tiny dots.
by Rachel Mae Smith



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  1. 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.

  2. 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. 

  3. 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.

  4. 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

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