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10 Minute Crafts: Make a Customised Mug for Less than a Fiver

My favourite presents are always the ones people who know me best put together. These kinds of presents do not normally cost the earth, but they are meaningful. It could be a bar of my favourite chocolate on a particularly grim day, a comfy top, a girly afternoon tea, pretty plates for my photos…

Ever since having children, I have found myself showered with gifts I treasure. My children love drawing, and making presents for me and anybody who will have them!

I have to admit that at times, I find it difficult to get excited when Beanie comes home from pre-school with a toilet paper roll sticking out of an egg box that has been painted and represents, well, nothing other than a painted egg box with a toilet paper roll stuck to it.

I am pretty sure it is all part of the creative process and I fully acknowledge that, but it generally hits the recycling bin before the week is over (am I being heartless or just realistic here?).

A couple of weeks ago, I made something I could reproduce really easily at home with all my family, Hubby and baby included. Managing to include ever member of the family without making it too tedious for anyone is a great criteria when it comes to homemade presents.

The mug with thumbprint drawings of my little family has only been with me for a couple of weeks, but it is pretty special already. You just know when you have something special in your hands, don’t you?

10-Minute Crafts - Make your Very Own Cheap Customised Mugs - Fingerpint Family

The beauty of it? It took me less 10 minutes or so to make and I find it pretty cute. I made the mug at a fab little workshop organised by Tots100 in London, but if you are happy to spend a bit of money on just a few items, you can make your own mugs at home, too.

Customising your own mug at home could not be easier. On Pinterest, I have seen people advising using sharpie pens to decorate mugs, but apparently they run off really quickly and will not stand the test of time (or washing up!). You are better off investing in porcelain paints. They are relatively inexpensive and can be used again and again.

I have just had a quick look on Amazon, and you can get a pack of 6 Pébéo porcelain paints, a porcelain pen and 4 plain white mugs for £18. I will use old brushes and I also have wipes at home. Once you have the paints, all you need to buy is the mugs and you can get those from the pound shop or buy them in bulk. You will not have to buy the pen or paints again.

Alternatively, if you are in the London area, I would highly recommend re-creation London. http://www.re-creation.london/

What you need:
White mug(s)
2 shades of Pébéo Porcelain paints
1 black porcelain pen  (Pébéo)
1 paint brush


Start by making your fingerprint marks with porcelain paint, using different fingers and colours to represent different people.

10-Minute Crafts - Make your Very Own Cheap Customised Mugs - Fingerpint Art on a Budget

At this stage, if you are not happy with the result, you can wipe the mug, dry it and start again.

10-Minute Crafts - Make your Very Own Cheap Customised Mugs - Fingerpint Art - What you Need

Dry the fingerprints using a hair dryer for 5 minutes and add detail to your fingerprint family using the black porcelain pen.

10-Minute Crafts - Make your Very Own Cheap Customised Mugs - Fingerpint Art - Drawing Faces

Allow to air dry at room temperature for 24 hours.

Place the mug(s) in a cold oven, then bake for 30 minutes at gas mark 2 (150 degrees Celsius / 300 degrees Fahrenheit).

10-Minute Crafts - Make your Very Own Cheap Customised Mugs - Fingerpint Art
If you like thumbprint art, check our easy thumbprint reindeer family, snowmen and chicks.


  1. 10/07/2015 / 2:52 pm

    J’adore cette idée ! C’est mignon comme tout !

    • Mel
      10/07/2015 / 11:32 pm

      Merci ma belle!

  2. 10/07/2015 / 7:05 pm

    That mug is absolutely fab hon, well done you. Great tutorial xx

    • Mel
      10/07/2015 / 11:28 pm

      Thanks sweetie. I’ve put the mint my little brother gave me from his garden in there. It’s pretty special. x

  3. 10/07/2015 / 10:47 pm

    It’s so true of course, the most meaningful gifts are the ones that never cost the earth! (Though we don’t decline diamonds, hmm?) I love the idea of personalised mugs!! Filed away for Christmas 2015… 🙂

    • Mel
      10/07/2015 / 11:15 pm

      I don’t mind diamonds either, he he!

  4. 11/07/2015 / 10:45 am

    Awww, this came out so CUTE! I love crafts that can be used (I too threw away the uhm, rubbishy ones – bad mum!) So nice to have met you at Blog Camp! x

    • Mel
      21/07/2015 / 1:10 am

      Same here my lovely! I didn’t think I was going to make something decent on the, but I’m really pleased with the end result!

  5. Catie
    23/07/2015 / 3:23 am

    Love this idea it would make a great gift for teachers at the end of a year. #brilliantblogposts

    • Mel
      23/07/2015 / 8:38 pm

      That’s a great point! I’m sure you could even squeeze in the thumbprints of all the kids in the class, or make a thumbprint picture of the teacher.

    • Mel
      23/07/2015 / 8:42 pm

      I’m glad you like it!

  6. Emma's Mamma
    23/07/2015 / 9:14 am

    What a great idea! I thought it’d be a lot harder than that – thanks for sharing! #brilliantblogposts

    • Mel
      23/07/2015 / 8:48 pm

      No, easy peasy!

  7. Ellie Mulligan
    23/07/2015 / 10:49 am

    Love these! Im on a current quest to get craftier so might give this a go!

    • Mel
      23/07/2015 / 8:34 pm

      They’re cute, aren’t they? If you’re not into crafts that much and don’t want to spend much, you could make a postcard using thumbprint ‘people’ (made with an ink pad, lipstick or paint) of everyone in your family.

  8. internationalelfservice
    23/07/2015 / 9:40 pm

    I really love this!! Pound shops have so many plain bits of crockery and the kids can design and paint their own ‘real’ tea sets and drinking glasses too. Fabulous!

    • Mel
      25/07/2015 / 9:07 am

      You’re right. I went to the pound shop yesterday and we got a few mugs in pastel colours for crafts on a rainy day.

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