DIY chalkboard mugs

Fun Way To Customize Your Mugs

Buying holiday gifts for everyone on our list is fun, but only when you have the budget! For many of us, the thought of buying enough gifts for our families and friends has us in a financial panic. Instead of spending all you have (and eating ramen noodles all January), why not save some dough while still giving everyone a gift with this fun holiday craft? This tutorial makes four amazing chalkboard mugs, which is four less gifts you need to buy!


These mugs are absolutely adorable and are things you'd see at Anthropologie. However, you can make them for about $25 and a few hours time. Not only are these cuter than the same old scarf or tie you always buy, they come from the heart. No better way to say happy holidays! Plus, how trendy are chalkboards now anyway?

DIY large chalkboard mugs

Tutorial inspired by Whit & Whistle


What you'll need: 

  • Large white porcelain mugs (we used these
  • Painter's tape or duct tape (both work)
  • Porcelain chalkboard paint (must use this kind, regular paint will not work)
  • Paintbrush
  • Brown paper bag or newspaper
  • Chalk

Cover the top or bottom half or your mug with tape*

tape mug

*If you are going to paint the entire mug, skip this step. If you only want to paint half the mug, carefully divide the mug in half with tape. Press the tape down tightly so no paint seeps up.


Paint the mug with chalkboard paint*


paint mug

*If you are painting the whole mug, do this now. Be sure to wipe away any drips inside of the mug while the paint is wet. If you are painting half the mug, do so carefully with a wide-angle brush. Once you are done painting, carefully remove the tape.

mug drying


Let dry and bake

Let the mugs sit in a dry place for at least four hours (or overnight if the mugs are completely painted). Once dried, preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

Let dry and bake

Bake mugs for about 35 minutes. Baking the mugs will ensure the paint is dishwasher and microwavable. Once mugs have baked, let sit in the cool oven until dry.



Let your imagination go wild and decorate the mugs to your heart's content!


When giving these as gifts, pack them with chalk so the receiver can play immediately!

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Comments on "DIY chalkboard mugs"

Thea October 07, 2013 | 4:53 PM

Great gift idea! Is it really necessary to bake the mugs after letting it dry after painting?

Heather January 16, 2013 | 8:23 PM

LOVE these! Where do you find this paint?? I livei n a rather iscolated place so might have to mail order it!! Cheers :)

Jennifer November 19, 2012 | 12:34 PM

What a fun little gift!!! My family drinks a lot of coffee so these chalkboard mugs would be perfect to make for them. I like how it only costs $25 to make four mugs. These money-saving presents will make my holiday budget go farther this year. Thank you!

Hannah November 19, 2012 | 9:46 AM

Super cute idea! I would love to make these with my hubby and leave sweet messages to each other in the mornings. Thanks!

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