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Easy Mug Art – Quick Homemade Present – 10-minute Crafts

On Friday, my little man was off school because he’d had a 24-hour immersive experience about WWII at school. We spent the day together just relaxing, doing some crafts and Crevette decided to write a blog post about the easy mug art we spent the start of our morning on. Over to you, Crevette!

Hi! I’m taking over mum’s blog and today I will be showing you a bit of easy mug art, or how to paint a porcelain mug in minutes. 

Today I’m at home because I slept in school and we learned about the Blitz. We did lots of activities and ended up going to bed at 2 a.m. and we were given Friday off. So today me and mum are making crafts, taking photos and having a good time. We thought we could turn our easy mug art activity into homemade Christmas presents and we made four of them: one for my friend Polly, one for my teacher, one for my grandma and one for my great-grandma.

This is a good gift that is quick, easy and fun to make and an easy craft to do when you are bored. I used large porcelain mugs and Baker Ross Christmas Deco Paint PENS. I recommend them because once you have the pens, you can do all sorts of crafts with them. I find the mugs we made super cute and you don’t need to be an amazing artist to do this little bit of easy mug art. Let’s get started!

What you will need:

Plain porcelain mug(s)

Porcelain paint pens


Double-sided tape 



Wash and dry the mugs. 

Start by folding your paper and cutting half of a shape on the folded edge. 

Stick the double sided tape onto your shape.

Stick the shape onto the mug.

Paint little dots around the shape.

Add different colours until you are happy with the result.

Leave to dry for a few minutes then peel off the shape template.

Write a little message or name in the gap.

Leave to dry for 4 hours and then place in a non-preheated oven at 160ºC for 90 minutes. 

If you like decorating your own mugs, check our easy fingerprint art on a mug:

Disclosure: We were sent the products above free of charge but we were not compensated in any way for this blog post. All opinions and photos are our own.

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  1. 06/12/2018 / 11:55 am

    What a great thing to have done with school and must have been fun too learning that way. It’s great you got the next day off and these mugs look so great. Something my three would like to give a go

    • Mel
      06/12/2018 / 2:31 pm

      I loved having a whole day with him and him only. One-on-one time is so rare with a larger family. We had the best day!

  2. 06/12/2018 / 2:16 pm

    This looks like such a cute and easy craft. We love those pens from Baker Ross and have been using them on absolutely everything recently! Pinning this for next year as Dex is a little young now 🙂

    • Mel
      06/12/2018 / 2:30 pm

      My little man keeps begging me to get more mugs. He wants to make them for everyone 🙂

  3. 06/12/2018 / 3:12 pm

    I can’t believe you made these they look so professional yet very easy to do – what a great gift idea!

    • Mel
      06/12/2018 / 4:05 pm

      I really didn’t think they’d look great but I let him have a go: he’s such a creative little man. He’d done something similar on a card the previous week and decided it would work on a mug 🙂

  4. 06/12/2018 / 4:32 pm

    Aww this is such a lovely idea. I find personalised, homemade gifts are a lways the best because you know the love and effort that goes into them! I think the recipients are going to love them.

    • Mel
      06/12/2018 / 6:18 pm

      We love homemade gifts here. We’re working on a hamper full of homemade goodies for Crevette’s teacher. We’ve got nothing planned this weekend, so we’ll be making stuff 🙂

  5. 07/12/2018 / 8:37 am

    What a gorgeous crafts idea, its been a while since I last painted mugs and this mug art looks lovely

    • Mel
      07/12/2018 / 8:41 pm

      Thanks lovely

  6. 08/12/2018 / 12:24 am

    What a lovely idea! I love giving home made gifts for Christmas. My mum used to make things with us to give to my dad when we were little.

    • Mel
      08/12/2018 / 12:46 pm

      We love homemade presents too here 🙂

  7. Sonia
    08/12/2018 / 8:37 am

    Wow those look brilliant. I’m going to have to get some of those pens so we can have a go at some of these too x

    • Mel
      08/12/2018 / 12:45 pm

      They’re brilliant!

  8. lindsey bray
    08/12/2018 / 10:52 am

    Aww there really cute and such a great idea for Christmas presents for family.

    • Mel
      08/12/2018 / 12:45 pm

      Thanks lovely

  9. 10/12/2018 / 12:06 pm

    You are so clever JP. These look absolutely wonderful. I wish I had the energy your mum has for making gifts!

    • Mel
      11/12/2018 / 11:59 am

      He’s going to love getting a comment addressed to him! Will show him after school. He’s going to be so proud!

  10. 17/12/2018 / 9:06 am

    Ahh these are gorgeous mugs. I love the simple designs, I think they look fab and would make brilliant gifts.

    • Mel
      17/12/2018 / 12:31 pm

      Thanks Sabrina. They’re all gifts, but my little man now wants to make some for us all at home 🙂

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