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DIY Polka Dot Mug

I don’t drink coffee. I’ve tried, many times, to like coffee, but no dice. I like the Starbucks fancy-pants coffees, but considering that they’re loaded with sugar and heavy cream and caramel and chocolate, I try to stay away from them. {I mean, if I’m going to consume 4,000 calories in one sitting, I’m going to make it count. Know what I mean?}

Make a super easy, adorable mug with just Q-tips and enamel paint! This would make a great gift!

That being said, I love coffee mugs. I don’t know what it is about drinking out of a mug, but there’s something comforting about it. So when I saw this Anthropologie-Style Confetti Vase on Hi Sugarplum! {you all know I have a thing for Anthropologie knock-offs!} I knew I wanted to do something similar, just on a mug.

Make a super easy, adorable mug with just Q-tips and enamel paint! This would make a great gift!

I used DecoArt Americana Gloss Enamel Paint Pots, which I got at Michael’s, and a plain white mug from Walmart that was about $2. For the polka dots, I just used Q-tips.

Make a super easy, adorable mug with just Q-tips and enamel paint! This would make a great gift!

I used all the colors in the collection except white and black. Because I wanted most of my dots to be on the bottom, I flipped the mug upside down. Just start with one color and do random dots all around the mug. Then, turn your Q-tip around and move on to your next color.

Make a super easy, adorable mug with just Q-tips and enamel paint! This would make a great gift!

If you make a little mistake, or the paint drips a little when you’re lifting up the Q-tip, no biggy. Just wipe up the mess with a clean, damp Q-tip.

Make a super easy, adorable mug with just Q-tips and enamel paint! This would make a great gift!

Once I had gone through all my colors, I let the mug dry for about an hour. Then I went back over it with each color, overlapping them until I was happy with the way it looked. I let each color dry for a few minutes in between so that the colors wouldn’t mix, but I’m not sure if that was really necessary.

Make a super easy, adorable mug with just Q-tips and enamel paint! This would make a great gift!

That’s it! To permanently set the paint, you need to let the paint dry for 48 hours, then place it in a cold oven, set it to 325 degrees, and let bake for 30 minutes. 

Make a super easy, adorable mug with just Q-tips and enamel paint! This would make a great gift!

I love my polka dot mug! It just is so colorful and bright and fun, I get happy when I look at it. 

Make a super easy, adorable mug with just Q-tips and enamel paint! This would make a great gift!

These would make such great gifts — you could do team colors, rainbows, holiday colors … the possibilities are endless!

You tell me: Are you a coffee drinker? 

 

 

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  • Becca from ItsYummi
    March 13, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Yes, I’m a coffee drinker, but I’m an even bigger fan of polka dots, so I’m smitten with this mug!

  • Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm
    March 13, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Hi, I ‘m visiting from Thrifty Thursday and wanted to drop in and say that this is an adorable idea.

  • Desaree Martin
    March 13, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    That is super cute!

  • Leanne
    March 13, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    What a cute mug! I love all the colors. Stopping by from #SITSblogging

  • Lisa
    March 13, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    That mug is so adorable! I love polka dots, so I just may have to make one for myself! 🙂 I’m not a coffee drinker either, but I’m addicted to hot chocolate during the winter!

  • Stephanie
    March 13, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Oh gosh this is cute. I bet that my daughter would love to make one of these!

  • Leslie
    March 13, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Oh so cute! I love the way it turned out. I’m so excited to see bright colors, that means spring is coming! Yay!

  • Ashley @ musingsandoats
    March 14, 2014 at 6:09 am

    My coffee would look great in this mug 🙂 Seriously though…so cute! And a GREAT gift idea indeed!

  • Danielle@Stickelberry
    March 14, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    So cute! I haven’t tried those paints, I will have to give it a shot — what a great gift idea! 🙂

  • Kayla
    March 16, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    This is so cute! Plus, it doesn’t have to be used for cofee, it could just as easily be a hot chocolate mug 😀

  • Shelly- minettesmaze.blogspot.com/
    March 17, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    This to adorable!!! I’m pinning this to our talent board on DIY Sunday Showcase!! Thanks for sharing with us!

    Shelly
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  • Emily Maldonado
    March 21, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    This is adorable! I made a confetti vase last summer, but I like this even better!!

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  • Wendy
    January 2, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    I love it for my girls they love hot chocolate every morning and I love my tea , thank you for share .

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    February 9, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Is the paint design dishwasher/microwave safe?

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  • Angela
    May 10, 2015 at 9:28 am

    I’m curious as to if the paint once it was dry if it would be dishwasher safe, or would you have to use the dishwasher safe Modge podge to protect it..
    Please let me know. I have quite a few people that I can make these for gifts.. I just make some for myself as well!! They are absolutely adorable!!

  • Gloria
    April 12, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    How has the mug held up? I’m doing a Mother’s Day craft with my students soon and looking to do something similar and wondering if the paint will last through dishwasher washing…

    • Jenn
      April 17, 2016 at 7:45 am

      It has held up great, although I don’t put it in the dishwasher. There are specific top-shelf dishwasher-safe enamel paints that you could use though, like these ones: http://ow.ly/4mMi4X. Good luck, I think this would be a great Mother’s Day craft!!

  • Ali M-D
    October 21, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    This design reminds me of the hungry caterpillar for som reason, maybe the colour combination but really affective and lovely pressie.

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