Christmas will be here in the blink of an eye – time for pretty gift ideas! As you know, I am a huge fan of personalized and home-made gifts. Last year, I have made these vegan chocolate cakes in a jar for my friends and family, and this year it will be DIY monogram mugs. They are super easy and quick to make and once you have filled them with a favourite tea or a home-made hot chocolate mix, they make perfect personalized gifts.
I have prepared an easy DIY for you, so that you can design your own personalized coffee cups (or mugs, or candles or even flower pots):
DIY MONOGRAM MUGS
WHAT YOU NEED
Letter stencils (either DIY or ordered online)
HOW TO DO IT
1. PREPARE THE STENCIL
To prepare the stencil, there are two possibilities:
a) In case you are making more than one personalized mug, it pays off to order self-adhesive stencils. To make sure you get the right size, measure the height of the cup and how big you want your monograms to be. There are a lot of online shops out there that even let you upload your own font. This way, you can get cheap, accurate and easy to use stencils. The downside: You will have to know a few days in advance if you are going to be in the mood to make DIY coffee cups at the weekend. If you are more the spontaneous kind, here is alternative b:
b) If you are making one monogram mug only, you can easily make your own stencil. Just print out your letter in the font and size you wish and cut it out with a knife. To stick the paper stencil to the mug, I have used glue stick when I first tried this DIY, because most glue stick can easily be washed off coated ceramic and porcelain.
2. APPLY THE STENCIL
When you have prepared your stencil, stick it on the mug. If using store-bought ones, follow the instructions that come with them or if you are using a DIY paper stencil, just use glue stick as mentioned above.
Here comes the fun part: spray! Depending on your spray paint and colour, you will have to apply another layer of colour. Just make sure to get enough fresh air and to cover everything you do not want to be covered in paint afterwards. In case you spray a part of your mug you did not want to: nail polish remover gets the job done easily.
4. REMOVE THE STENCIL
After the spray paint has dried, remove the stencil from your DIY personalized mugs. When you have used a pre-made stencil, you are done now. If you have made your own stencil out of paper, let it dry over-night (just to be sure) before you wash off the paper and glue.
Ta-dah! 🎉 Your DIY monogram mugs are done.