DIY Chalkboard Mugs

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When I  first stumbled across this idea here, I immediately got on Amazon and ordered the chalkboard paint. I loved these mugs and wanted to make some for myself right away. 

This project couldn’t be simpler, as long as you have the right tools. Really, all you need is tape, mugs (I tried it on a glass mug as well as a porcelain one), a paint brush and the right kind of chalkboard paint.

It’s a simple Christmas craft to make with your family and friends.

Keep in mind, the mugs need to “dry” for 24 hours before baking them, so it isn’t a make & take sort of thing. 

Click here to buy the paint. You may also find it a Dick Blick.


FYI: Each mug required two coats of paint

*follow the directions on your chalkboard paint, but these should be microwave and dishwasher safe. I’ve microwaved both mugs, but I’ve only hand washed them at this point. 


If you are making these as a gift, fill each mug with a few pieces of chalk and your favorite treat to enjoy with coffee or hot chocolate.

If you are making them for yourself, make sure you write yourself a note each day on the mug. Because, why not? 

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Comments (68)

  1. Kristin says
    Posted November 14, 2012

    I was looking for something for the nieces and nephews as they stay with me this Holiday season. This is PERFECT! No matter what cup they get, they can say it’s their’s by writing their name on it. No fighting! I’m going to give them with Xmas PJs and a Xmas movie. Perfect Christmas Eve night gift!!

    • Posted November 14, 2012

      I didn’t read through all of the comments so not sure if it was said yet. But it looks like JoAnn’s has chalkboard paint, so I would assume Micheals as well. That way, for all your Christmas present do-ers who may be making several of them, you can use the 40%-50% off coupons for even more savings!!

  2. Sam says
    Posted November 14, 2012

    Awesome! Doing these for sure.

  3. Amy says
    Posted November 14, 2012

    Love this idea!!!!

  4. Jill says
    Posted November 14, 2012

    Probably a really stupid question. Do we bake the mug after letting the paint dry for 24 hours?

    • Posted November 14, 2012

      Bake after…
      The paint is tack free in a few minutes, and fully dry after a minimum of 24-hours; once fully dry, it may be baked for 35 minutes in a domestic oven at 150-degree c (300-degree f) for an enameled finish and dishwasher resistance

    • Kate says
      Posted November 14, 2012

      Thanks Ade!

  5. Posted November 14, 2012

    adorable gift idea!

    xo – heather
    http://www.ThisLifeIsYours.com

  6. Shannon says
    Posted November 14, 2012

    So it really does work! I’ve seen this on Pinterest but I was too scared to try it on my own in case I managed to screw it up lol! I might have to try this now πŸ™‚

  7. Jessica Jo says
    Posted November 14, 2012

    How long did you let the first coat of paint dry before applying the second coat?

    • Kate says
      Posted November 14, 2012

      about 10 minutes, but it depends on how heavy your first layer of paint is

  8. Posted November 14, 2012

    This is cute..I have done lots of chalkboard things, but not a mug ( I need to try this!)

  9. Lesley says
    Posted November 14, 2012

    These are great! πŸ™‚

  10. Posted November 14, 2012

    Love these. So making some for Christmas. Thanks for the idea!

  11. Posted November 14, 2012

    This is such a cute idea! Perfect for sweet gifts!

    Chelsea
    Haute Child in the City

  12. Alissa says
    Posted November 14, 2012

    I am so doing this for Christmas presents this year!

  13. Janna says
    Posted November 14, 2012

    I love these!! Thanks so much for a cute and inexpensive gift idea! Please do more DIY posts!!! One question…where can I find chalkboard paint?! πŸ™‚

    • Janna says
      Posted November 14, 2012

      Nevermind…I just re-read and saw you bought it on Amazon! πŸ™‚

  14. Posted November 14, 2012

    So cute! I can see this would be addictive!

  15. Melissa says
    Posted November 14, 2012

    These are sooo adorable! Thanks for the fun craft!

  16. Posted November 14, 2012

    What a cute idea! I have had some plain white mugs for awhile looking for ideas on what to do with them – this is great!

    http://fixingforfriday.blogspot.com

  17. susanna says
    Posted November 14, 2012

    This looks really cool! I’m wondering how many cups can you do with that much paint?

  18. Posted November 14, 2012

    I love this idea!! I’ve been trying to decide what to do for Christmas for a few people and I think this would be perfect. Do you know about how many regular size mugs you can do with one bottle of paint?

  19. Posted November 14, 2012

    LOVE this idea! I always struggle with what to get my cousins (task became mine after my mom moved away) & this is perfect! I think I’ll fill with Starbucks Via (instant coffee) & a gift card!

  20. Posted November 14, 2012

    Such a cute idea, I basically love any project that involves chalkboard paint.

    Kristina

    Kristina does the Internets

  21. 2busy says
    Posted November 14, 2012

    Cute and easy idea! Love it!

  22. Sandra says
    Posted November 14, 2012

    These are great! My mother-in-law got us some mugs that were chalkboard-ready for my (now) husband and I’s engagement party and had people sign it. That would be a great idea for a party gift or for a shower/birthday. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Posted November 14, 2012

    My brain literally exploded when I saw this post! This is a fantastic idea and seems so simple. I might pull this trick out when doing all of my friends’ christmas gifts. Thank you for sharing!

  24. Posted November 14, 2012

    I love chalkboard paint. Someday I want to have a chalkboard wall in my kitchen! The whole wall!!

  25. ....... says
    Posted November 14, 2012

    omg! this is so awesome love the idea for a gift and love it even more for my own home. will be partaking in this project as soon as the paint arrives! thanks!! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ http://www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

  26. Andrea says
    Posted November 14, 2012

    these are adorable, and such a good idea!

  27. Posted November 14, 2012

    How many mugs does that one little thing of paint make?

  28. Posted November 14, 2012

    This is a great idea. I can think of a few good uses for that chalkboard paint!

  29. Posted November 14, 2012

    I didn’t read through all of the comments so not sure if it was said yet. But it looks like JoAnn’s has chalkboard paint, so I would assume Micheals as well. That way, for all your Christmas present do-ers who may be making several of them, you can use the 40%-50% off coupons for even more savings!!

  30. Miss E says
    Posted November 14, 2012

    I know this is totally random, but where did you get your awesome paint brush rack in thats in the background of some of your pics? I love it and love this idea, chalk board paint is huge part of my gift giving this year. I may have to try this too!

    • Kate says
      Posted November 14, 2012

      Target!

  31. Julie says
    Posted November 14, 2012

    I LOVE this idea! Thank you so much for a fabulous DIY Christmas idea! πŸ™‚

  32. Posted November 14, 2012

    This might have just decided my Christmas “friend” gifts.

  33. b-look says
    Posted November 14, 2012

    Great idea! πŸ˜‰

  34. Posted November 14, 2012

    Very cute idea! πŸ™‚

  35. Posted November 14, 2012

    What a great idea Kate!

  36. Posted November 14, 2012

    Love this idea. So simple and cute!

  37. Posted November 14, 2012

    GREAT teacher gift ideas!!! I can’t WAIT to make these!!!!

  38. Gigi says
    Posted November 14, 2012

    OMIGOSH! I am TOTALLY doing this! After I “pin” it, of course! So cute.

  39. Posted November 15, 2012

    Love it. Question? Did that 45 milimeter bottle provide enough paint for both those mugs? Just wondering how many bottles I would need for about 6 mugs. Thanks!

  40. Posted November 15, 2012

    I love this idea! Definitely putting it on my list of potential Christmas gifts.

  41. Posted November 15, 2012

    Great idea! We take it for the christmas gifts!

  42. Posted November 15, 2012

    Ooh I think I know something I need to include in my teacher SIL’s Christmas present this year!! Great idea!!

  43. Posted November 15, 2012

    Very cute !! I’ll try this πŸ™‚

  44. Jen W says
    Posted November 15, 2012

    Oh my goodness, what an amazing idea! I’d love to try this

  45. Posted November 15, 2012

    What a lovely idea! Thank you for sharing! πŸ™‚

    xo Ella

    http://ellarow.com

  46. Anonymous says
    Posted November 18, 2012

    What if you have chalboard paint but like spray paint do we still have to bake it and then can we wash it and re-use the mug?

    • Anonymous says
      Posted November 18, 2012

      * chalboard my bad sorry

    • Anonymous says
      Posted November 18, 2012

      Chalkboard ** ^

  47. Court says
    Posted November 27, 2012

    Totally making this as a gift for Christmas! Awesome idea!

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    Posted December 6, 2012

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  49. Abi Uy says
    Posted October 9, 2013

    Will this work with valspar wall chalkboard paint too?

  50. Posted January 28, 2014

    Could you use other mugs besides porcelain?

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  59. Pat says
    Posted November 7, 2015

    Love your chalkboard mugs how many cups can you do with that small bottle
    And also are they micoweable with the paint on them
    Have ya ever did plates or bowls please email me
    Just discovered your dsiye also congratulations on your baby that is coming