DIY Mugs: The Perfect Gift for a Roomie

With the holidays fast approaching, now is a great time to start thinking about simple yet personalized gifts. Those perfect present for friends, family members, and, yes, even your college roomies. There are few things most college students can agree on more than the benefits of caffeine. It doesn’t matter whether your roomie loves coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. If they are a fan of hot pick-me-up drinks, then they’ll love getting personalized mugs to enjoy them in.

And now, making that personalized mug is easier than ever. Just check out these simple how-to crafts to transform any plain white mug into a work of art:

3 Fun Ways to Create Personalized Coffee Mugs

  • Sharpie Mugs.  Sharpie DIY mugs have been all over Pinterest the last year or two thanks to their sheer simplicity. All you need is a dollar store mug, an oven, and a set of oil based Sharpie paint pens. Then choose a quote meaningful to your roommate or a cute graphic and use the Sharpies to decorate the mug. This might be as simple as an arrow or as complex as a full graphic comic. Once finished, let it dry for 24 hours before baking at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. Check out the following Tips & Tricks tutorial to get the best results.
  • Watercolor with Nail Polish.  Is your roomie a fan of more abstract art? With just a bit of nail polish and some warm water, you can create a beautiful marbled effect on any ceramic coffee cup. All you need to do is fill a deep container with warm water, add a few drops of nail polish, and then carefully dip the mug down to “catch” the polish. This’ll result in a watercolor effect that’s washable and one-of-a-kind. Of course, as with all DIY projects, things can go awry. Use this concise guide for what to do and — more importantly — what not to do.
  • Tissue Paper Modge Podge.  With the Sharpie project, precision is everything, while the nail polish project is a bit more chaotic. If you’d like to create a gift that’s a bit more in-between, then check out this crafty tissue paper tutorial by ispydiy.  This is a fun project that can be a done a million ways based on the colors, textures, and shapes you choose to incorporate. Find out your roomie’s favorite colors and shapes and build on that to create the perfect personalized Christmas gift!

All of these coffee mugs are washable and should be dishwasher safe when you follow the instructions. Have fun and you might even find yourself making one (or three) for your own kitchen cabinet!