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DIY metallic chevron mug is super chic for little cash

Creating a handmade mug is a simple and creative way to take an ordinary mug and turn it into something spectacular. This DIY chevron metallic mug goes way beyond ordinary and is a beautiful way to upgrade any mug or create a simple and unique gift.

Here is what you will need to create your own DIY chevron metallic mug:

  • Ceramic mug
  • Enamel acrylic paint, gold
  • Paintbrush
  • Stencil
  • Painters tape
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton ball
Enamel paint is one of the best paints to use when painting a ceramic mug. It clings well to the surface but it also can be cured to be dishwasher safe. You can typically find enamel paints in the acrylic paint section at any craft store. Sometimes they are labeled as enamel paint and sometimes they are called multi-surface paints. Just be sure to read the back of the label to be sure the paint you choose is suitable for ceramics and that you can heat cure it.

After you wash and dry your mug, you will want to clean it well with alcohol using a cotton ball. The rubbing alcohol will remove any additional residue and oils and prepare your surface fully for painting. This is an important step to ensure that the paint adheres properly.

Next you will use painters tape to tape your stencil in place. Stencil adhesive would also work well, but many people don’t have that on hand, so painters tape is a perfect alternative.

After your stencil is in place, you will use your brush to paint the enamel paint on your stencil. Keep your stencil in place while the paint dries and then add a second layer of paint. After you have two layers of paint and your paint is dry completely, remove the stencil from the mug.

If there are any areas where paint seeped through the stencil, you can gently scrape it off with a knife or even a fingernail.

Finally, you will want to follow the directions on the back of your paint for cure time. The paint I used said to let the mug air dry for four days and then cure the mug for 30 minutes at 325 degrees F in a non-preheated oven. Then allow the mug to cool down by simply turning off the oven.

Air drying your mug and heat curing it will help ensure that the paint will stay on your mug, even in the dishwasher.

I love that enamel paint is now available in beautiful metallic colors. Enamel paints are available in many other beautiful and fun colors too if metallic is not your preference. This is the perfect way to update an old mug into a beautiful and modern mug.

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