Seeing as how this my profile picture on all our social media, it would be a shame not to do a tutorial on this monogram coffee mug. I’ve seen this tutorial on a few blogs in various freehand versions on Pinterest. I’m a little too type A to freehand anything so permanent. Next best option: stenciling. So turned to my Silhouette Cameo and some leftover vinyl from another project to do my version of the monogrammed coffee mug and a cute little bonus (keep reading to find out!).
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Coffee mug(s)
- Oil Based Sharpie Marker(s)
- Vinyl transfer paper
- Scissors or rotary cutter and rotary cutting mat
- Rubbing alcohol
- Cotton balls
- Optional: Small paint brush
- Optional: Nail polish remover
I got my coffee mugs from Ikea for $1.99 each. I bought 6 and will eventually monogram all 6, but since these mugs are always rotating in and out of the dishwasher, I can only do a few at a time. A girl needs her coffee. So here’s to hoping I get to all 6. One day.
Getting to the goal one mug at a time. I took my cotton ball, soaked some rubbing alcohol on it, and used it to wipe the surface of the cup to make sure the design area of the mug was extra squeaky clean.
Next, I pulled out my Silhouette Cameo and laptop to cut the monogram letter. I knew I wanted a fancyish font. I didn’t find any fonts that came installed on my laptop so I looked online for some free font options. I finally decided on Gresham in case you’re interested in using the same font. I typed the one letter and resized to to fit the height of the cup and was ready to cut. Since I used the Silhouette brand vinyl, I was able to directly feed it into the cut machine (no cutting mat required). I set the Media to Vinyl, Speed to 2, and Thickness to 9. If you do this without a Silhouette Cameo, you can draw/trace a monogram letter directly onto the vinyl and use an X-acto knife and/or scissors to cut out the vinyl.
I printed 5 so I’d have them ready when my other mugs were finally washed. Next, I took one cutout and peeled off the inside H. It felt like such a shame to throw it away, so I stuck it to a water bottle. I had one on mine from the first mug I made. Just make sure to clean the surface with rubbing alcohol before applying. BONUS DIY from an already awesome DIY. His and hers water bottles that match our cups!
Now, back to the coffee mug. Next, I cut a piece of vinyl transfer paper to the size of the H. I peeled the backing off the transfer paper and stuck it directly onto the vinyl. Then, I peeled the backing off the vinyl to stick onto the cup. Make extra, extra, extra sure you line this up correctly before you stick it on. This part doesn’t really lend itself to second tries unless you scrap the vinyl and do it all again. (I’ve done this.)
Next, I peeled off the transfer paper and pressed down on all the monogram detail, concentrating on corners and points to make sure no paints seeps underneath.
Now its coloring time AND you don’t have to worry about coloring inside the lines. I used an oil based gold sharpie pen. If its a new pen or you haven’t used it for awhile, you have to press down on the tip on scratch paper to get the ink flowing. Then just color it in!
- Try not to color over the same spot after the paint has dried. It starts to wipe off the previous coat and it gets kinda clumpy.
- Try to color in long strokes to minimize “brush strokes” unless that’s the look you’re going for.
Next, I pulled off the vinyl stencil and center lines and noticed some bleeding. It happens and its easy to fix. I took a small paint brush dipped lightly in some rubbing alcohol (acetone nail polish remover works too, and probably better) and cleaned it up.
Now its time to bake. I put the mugs in the oven FIRST, then set the oven to 425º F to preheat. Don’t mess this up. Mugs in oven FIRST and leave them in there while the oven preheats. This allows the mugs to heat up with the oven and prevent cracking (says my Googling). After the oven is done preheating, set the timer for 30 minutes and let the mugs bake. Once the timer goes off, turn off the oven, crack the door open and let the mugs cool INSIDE the oven. This lets the mugs slowly cool with the oven, preventing cracking and setting the paint (says my Googling). The first time, I basically sat impatiently on the floor next to the oven so I could see what was happening (nothing exciting) thinking “please work, please work, please work”.
And…IT WORKED! I’ve had my first mug for a few months and its in great condition. I’d like to think its because of all the extra Googling I did. I know there have been comments around the interwebs saying it washes off. I wash mine on the top shelf of my dishwasher and haven’t had any problems. Here they are in their home (when they’re not dirty).