DIY Watercolor Mugs!

Hey Everyone! 

I have a new and fun tutorial for you guys! I've been seeing a lot of nail polish watercolor mugs online lately and thought, "WOW! These are gorgeous!" However they aren't exactly food safe or dishwasher safe. GROSS! So I decided to show you all how to make some that are food and dishwasher safe and just as gorgeous! (Not to mention a little more durable!)

 Obligatory final product first.

Obligatory final product first.

So first off here is what you will need for your project:

  • Ceramic Mug(s)
  • Gloss Acrylics (I used several brands)
  • Water
  • A container you don't care about
  • Paint brushes
  • Something to set your mugs on to dry
  • Paper towels/cotton balls
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • A palette or something to put your paint on
  • Oven

Instructions with photos:

  1. Take your materials and set them out. Put everything so that you can easily work and not get paint on the other mugs or anything else that you don't want paint on. 
 In this picture I didn't have my palette out yet. And some of the other paints are just off to the side.

In this picture I didn't have my palette out yet. And some of the other paints are just off to the side.

    2. Peel off the stickers from the sides, bottom, etc. of your mugs.

 My mugs ended up having multiple stickers on top of each other. Meh.

My mugs ended up having multiple stickers on top of each other. Meh.

       3. Take your cotton balls or paper towels and pour some rubbing alcohol onto them. Then                    use that to clean off any residual stickiness from the stickers. Using a clean cotton ball                        or paper towel clean the rest of the mug off before painting.

 Sometimes it takes a minute to get all of the sticky stuff off.

Sometimes it takes a minute to get all of the sticky stuff off.

       4. Wet your brush and then dip into whatever colors you want. Try mixing colors, different                  color combinations and different techniques. I took mine and let the paint drip in                              different ways, swirls, splatters, paintings and then added drips. You can do pretty much                    anything, I even tried using some q-tips and sponges.

 As you can see I made a mess.

As you can see I made a mess.

      5. After you've finished your mugs, set them aside so they can dry. You can wait until they                     are just tacky (about an hour or so) or you can let them sit for a full 24 hours. I have cats                   that would object to anything of importance being on the counter, so I only waited                           about 2 hours.

 Some of my mugs drying. :)

Some of my mugs drying. :)

      6. When your mugs are dry you can place them on a baking tray inside a COOL oven.                         Once they have been placed in the oven, turn it on to 350 degrees for 30 minutes. After                     30 minutes, turn off the oven and let them cool INSIDE the oven. (You don't want to                       touch them, trust me.)

 Seriously put them in a COOL oven.

Seriously put them in a COOL oven.

     7. Finally, after they have cooled you will have some beautiful and durable mugs.

 All done!

All done!