Creating DIY Mugs with Chalk Couture


This past weekend, the spring weather finally gave us an opportunity to do some much needed spring cleaning! Our garage seems to be a dumping ground over the winter, filled with shovels, boots, and anything else we don’t want being dragged into the house! By the time spring rolls around here in CT, I am itching to clean up the mess. This year, I found a whole slew of goodies that I expect will become some fun, up-cycled DIY projects, like this enamelware mugs I found in our camping bin.

It’s likely been at least 10 years since we’ve been camping (ok – probably longer than that!), so I didn’t have much reason to go through the old totes and clean things out. What motivated me this time, though, was the need for the totes all those camping supplies were in!

When I dug out these beautiful blue enamaleware mugs, I just knew that The Cup of Ambition transfer from Chalk Couture would look perfect on them!

To make these DIY Mugs, you’ll need:

Once you’ve gathered your supplies, you can get started.

To begin, cut your transfer along the white cutting line to separate the 2 designs.

Next, you’ll want to remove the backer sheet from the transfer. (The back of the transfer is sticky, so have a fuzzing cloth or terrycloth towel nearby.) Place the transfer sticky-side down on the fuzzing cloth to get a bit of lint adhered to the adhesive. This will make it easier for you to pull up the transfer from the smooth surface of the mug after you ink it.

Place the adhesive side of the transfer to each mug, smoothing out any air bubbles as needed. Lift up and re-position if necessary.

Now, open your Couture Ink container and dip your mini squeegee in and load it up with Ink. Spread the ink across the surface of the screen, until all of the screened area is covered. Squeegee off any excess ink and put it back in the jar.

Slowly peel back the transfer, taking care not to stretch it until it is free from the mug.

Repeat with the second mug.

Once the mugs have air dried, you can place them in a 300 degree oven for 30 minutes to heat set them. This will make the designs permanent and washable.

You can watch my quick how-to video here:

If you love this project, you can purchase your supplies in my online shop.