How To Design Your Own Coffee Mugs at Home

With the help of a few specialized materials, some spare time and an artistic touch, printing mugs at home for a truly unique coffee cup has never been easier. Add a little pizzazz to that boring coffee mug and make a statement with every sip.

Whether you are decorating the mug for yourself, or have it in mind to use it as a gift, I’ll show you the easiest way to get the best results when painting and printing mugs.

Outside Help

One of the easiest ways to get a personalized coffee cup is to turn to online outlets that will help you get the job done. Printing mugs can be a project that you half do from your computer and the other half is done in a professional printing factory.

To start printing mugs at home, you’ll need Photoshop or a similar computer program that will help you design the image, crop the photo or write a saying you want emblazoned on the mug. Start with a blank image measuring 6 inches by 6 inches. This should fit any standard coffee cup size.

Use the program to draw a design or upload a pattern that you already like. Try to rearrange different elements on the image to get the exact result you are looking for. Colorful and decorative fonts add a nice touch when printing mugs as well.

Putting it All Together

When the image is complete, save it as a JPEG file. It’s now ready to be uploaded to a print-on-demand website that will print the design onto the coffee cup of choice. These websites can be found all over the Internet and are a great, fast, and affordable way to personalize a printed coffee mug.

Your coffee cup should arrive by mail in a matter of days and in no time you’ll be enjoying the delightful benefits of printing mugs yourself.

If you are planning of printing mugs with your own designs or handwriting, you’ll need paint markers with ink that will stay put on ceramic. In addition to the specialized markers, you will need some clear acrylic finishing spray to make the designs stick. And you might want to have some newspaper on hand so the mess doesn’t get too out of hand.

Adding Your Own Design

First, spread out the newspaper and make sure that the coffee cup is clean and free of any dirt or dust. Printing mugs can be a fun, carefree project, but you should probably have some design in mind to make sure that your writing stays neat and level. Take the markers and draw out your design, or start printing on the mugs for a personalized message.

Allow the marker paint to dry completely. This will probably take anywhere from four to eight hours, but it is best to leave the mug to dry overnight. Once the printing mug is dry, cover the entire cup with the clear spray.

This will keep your design in place for a long time. Allow this acrylic finishing spray to dry for 48 hours. Hand wash your cup before use, or before gifting it, and be sure to enjoy every sip out of your newly printed mug!

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