Handmade mugs are classic gifts for Father’s Day, but so many of them get turned into storage for pens or loose change because they aren’t washable. I decided to make a painted glass mug that can be washed in the dishwasher. You just need the right supplies and techniques to make it work!
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To decorate the glass mug, I used the same technique that I used on my Coloring Page Mason Jars. Instead of using regular paint markers, this time I used paint markers specifically meant for glass. I will link to all the projects I used at the end of this post.
I wanted to use a design on this mug that is harder to find in store-bought mugs. I found this image of a vintage Detroit Tigers logo online and printed it on my color printer. Then I carefully taped it to the inside of the mug.
Before I started painting, I carefully wiped the mug down with rubbing alcohol to remove any dust or finger oils. Then I traced the design with my glass markers. It is important to hold the mug the same way as you complete the design. Since the glass lies between your paint and the paper, if you change the angle you are viewing the design it will mess up the proportions of the image you paint.
After the design is done, remove the printed image from inside the mug. Allow the paint to dry for 24 hours, then cure the mug in the oven according to the directions on the marker. This should ensure that the mug can be washed in a dishwasher.
While I chose a sports logo, you can choose any design or saying that you would like. Personalize the mug however you would like, knowing that you can wash it and use it over and over!
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I love this idea. I am always seeing ideas for hand decorated mugs but it never seems to be dishwasher safe. And lets be real I might as well never use a mug or glass unless I can throw it in the dishwasher.
Thanks so much for sharing! It’s definitely something that could be used as a gift for any occasion.