Today I am going to share a few tips with you on how to stencil a mug. Below are the supplies you will need to create your own masterpiece. Plain white mugs are usually very plentiful at dollar stores. The one pictured below is from the Dollarama, but it is not the one that I ended up using for my project, (because apparently I do not know how to measure…. don’t ask! 🙂 ) With a plain white mug your options are limitless.
If you want to recreate the look of my mug, you can scroll to the bottom to gain access to the free .svg file.
Stencil a Mug Step 1:
You will want to create or download your image or saying and cut it out on a piece of contact paper. A cutting machine like a Cricut is great for this. If you are using a Cricut, you do not need to mirror your image for this. Just use the same settings you would normally use for vinyl. Alternately you can draw out your design and cut it out by hand with scissors or an exacto knife. If you’re doing it that way, I would recommend a fairly simple design, maybe a few hearts or stars, etc. Or you can purchase silk screen stencils, which will adhere to your mug. These work great, too.
You’ll want to reverse weed your image. So, you will need to remove all the letters and leave the background.
Step 2: Apply the stencil to your mug.
You will need to place a bit of clear transfer tape over your image and press down very carefully over the whole thing with a scraper. You can also use an old credit/debit etc. card for this. Then, you need to lift the contact paper from it’s backer. Your contact paper should lift off and stick to the clear tape. Then, you will apply the contact paper onto the mug, paying careful attention to make sure it’s in the right place, which can be a bit tricky!
Make sure it’s stuck on really well, pushing hard against it.
Then very, very, carefully remove the clear transfer tape. Make sure you go really slow and make sure the contact paper is sticking down. This part can be tricky and requires a bit of patience.
After you have all the transfer tape off, make sure to use your scraper to push down and seal all edges and to remove any air bubbles.
Carefully apply your paint. I used Martha Stewart Glass Paint (Glossy, Beetle Black). It’s specifically made for painting on glass, ceramic etc. When doing this, it’s important that you don’t use too much paint on your brush because you don’t want it seeping under the edges.
You’ll then need to carefully remove the contact paper. Peel it off while wet. And then your masterpiece will be revealed.
Final Step: Bake your mug
To make your paint extra durable, place it in a cold oven, turn it on to 350 F and let it bake for 30min. Turn off the oven and let it cool down completely before taking it out.
3 Things I Learned Along the Way:
1. You will need to have patience for this technique. Applying the contact paper was a little tricky and needs to be done precisely in order to have good results. It’s not hard, it just takes a little time.
2. You might not get 100% perfect results. I was able to touch up the paint afterwards and I think it looks okay. But is it perfect? No, not really. If you are looking for perfection, I would suggest using vinyl.
3. I would definitely recommend baking it in the oven. That really improved the overall finish and appearance of the paint job. It really did give it a more finished look. Plus, now it’s dishwasher safe, which is always a plus!
If you need a few supplies, here are a few links for you: (I am an Amazon affiliate and may make a small commission from any purchases, but the price is not any higher for you if you purchase through these links).