Completed DIY Craft Project: 2 personalized coffee cups shown from front

DIY Coffee Mug Designs

Learn how to use chalk ink and a Wagner heat gun to personalize a mug with cute phrases and designs for a Valentine's Day gift idea.

Hi, my name is Ruthie and I blog over at Refashionably Late. I'm so excited to be working with Wagner again this month. I will be showcasing the amazing Wagner HT400 Heat Gun again! There are so many things you can do with a heat gun. I’ve shown you how to make embossed bookmarks, how to make wood burned signs and this month I made personalized coffee mugs.

Completed DIY coffee cup shown from front view on counter top

Step One

I have fallen head over heels for a new style of crafting! It uses chalk paste and silk screen stencils to produce beautiful chalkboard art. The great thing is it’s not limited to just chalkboards.

Chalk ink DIY craft project logo

Step Two

I have done various designs on chalkboards with chalk paste. This time around I wanted to try using the chalk ink on a coffee mug.

Chalkboard DIY craft project completed with Wagner heatgun & chalk ink

Step Three

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner I thought it would be perfect to make a little Valentine’s Day gift for a loved one. I used my Club Couture - Happy Valentine’s Day transfer with two mugs I purchased at Target.

Wagner heat gun, chalk ink, stencil & coffee mug shown on table top

Step Four

To start, I wanted to make a very simplistic mug with only one candy heart transfer. I used the Be Mine candy heart with my Shimmer Copper Chalkology Ink.

Be mine stencil used to design a coffee mug for valentine’s day

Step Five

First you want to remove the transfer from its backing and place it on the fuzzing cloth. This helps it from sticking to your surface. You can also use a kitchen rag for this as well.

Use a cloth or rag to prevent accidental sticking of the stencil backing

Step Six

Place the transfer directly onto the coffee mug while smoothing out any bubbles. It’s okay if there are bubbles on the outside of the design.

Ensure your stencil design doesn’t have wrinkles or bubbles

Step Seven

Grab your mini squeegee and evenly scrape the chalk ink over top of your stencil. Scrape all excess ink off of the stencil.

Removing excess ink from the stencil of our DIY Coffee Cup design

Step Eight

Slowly remove the transfer from your coffee mug to reveal your personalized design!

Stencil is carefully removed from the DIY coffee mug

Step Nine

Now grab your Wagner HT400 Heat Gun and turn it on the low setting. Go back and forth over your design until it is dry. This is a very important step especially if your stencil will overlap onto a previous design.

A Wagner heat gun is being used to dry the chalk ink design

Step Ten

You will want to ensure that each design is dry before you place the next stencil onto the mug.

Repeat the steps to add additional artwork to your DIY Coffee Mug

Step Eleven

For a little extra protection you can place the mugs into your oven. Place it in the oven before you preheat it and let the mugs and oven warm up together. Keep it there for 30 minutes at 350 degrees and then leave the mugs inside the oven while it cools down.

DIY Coffee Cups are finished off in the oven to fully cure the artwork

Step Twelve

Thank you so much for stopping by! Please head over to Refashionably Late for more DIY, Home Decor, and craft tutorials! Also if you don’t want to miss anything please sign up for my free mailing list. Also head on over to my Chalk Couture site for more information regarding chalk paste and chalk ink.

Completed coffee cup DIY craft project shown as Valentine’s Day décor

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