DIY Personalised Mugs for Father’s Day

Last Updated on August 29, 2020


 For Father’s Day as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias®  I made these DIY Fathers Day Mugs as a Handmade fathers day gift with items bought from Walmart.

 I decided to do this project after being inspired by pinterest & and the respective failures by those trying it out.  The pin circulating pinterest uses a sharpie and then bakes the mug in the oven for 30 minutes.  Unfortunately it seems that most people were easily able to wash the entire design off. 

I wanted to do a mug for both my Husband and my Dad from Keira.  I love the idea of doing a mug because as long as it doesn’t get broken it is something that will last them both a long time and actually get used.

So what did I do?  First of all I went to Walmart to get some supplies.

What you Need

Porcelain or China Mug

Painters Pens (check what surfaces they are meant for)

Acrylic Sealer


How you do it

Draw your design.  Pinterest says to bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  I did follow that, although I’m not convinced its necessary.

I did have a bit of a fail because the red marker was a bit more watery than the black so it apparently wasn’t dry when I put it in the oven standing up which resulted in this:



No matter, if this does happen to you it is easy to remove the paint with nail polish remover.

Once the mugs were cool I took them outside and sprayed them with the acrylic sealer twice.


I think they turned out rather well!  Once the Acrylic sealer was dry I tried washing the paint off but it was really and truly stuck on this time.


This is such a great project, and for those with older kids it would be easy enough to have them do the decorating.

Next time I would probably just stick to black and skip the colours.  I also marked the year down the handle which I think was a nice little touch.







55 thoughts on “DIY Personalised Mugs for Father’s Day

  1. Such a great idea!! Something that means a lot and doesn’t cost a lot at all! Thanks for posting xx

  2. What a great idea! We have done it on t-shirts, but this is a gift that a dad can use everyday. Love Pinterest, so much ideas to choose from. Thanks for sharing.

  3. That’s adorable! Love it. I wondered if the acrylic sealer was available at Wal-Mart too? Also we always wonder here, is it safe to drink our of those mugs after we put acrylic sealer and stuff like that on them? I love the craft, just worried. Do you know? Do they stand up okay in the dishwasher. Your idea with the date on the handle is awesome! Great gift.

    1. Hi Paula, as long as you use a non-toxic sealer it is safe to drink from but I would still keep the designs on the outside and spray only the design with the sealer. As far as the dishwasher I am not sure, I don’t have one to test on, but I’d probably hand-wash these only.

  4. Brilliant! I was worried about what to get my dad from his Granddaughter. I’m thinking since I’m not much of an artist – if maybe tracing her handprint would work? Thanks for the ideas!

  5. These are cute , personally done by the artist themselves. Adding the date tho I would put it on the bottom more so. In case it would wear off.
    If worried about the toxicity of the inside, what I do instead, because I dont all drink coffee or hot tea, I use mine as a pencil holder on my desk. That way I see it all the time.

  6. these are way too adorable. we’re new parents here, this will be perfect for my hubby’s first fathers day! 🙂

  7. Fantastic, great idea and so economical also, I have never found a mug with my daughter’s name, now I can make her one for Christmas, great post, thank you for sharing

  8. This is also a great ideal for Christmas too. You can have the kids decorated red or green mugs with Christmas themes. They can fill with Christmas candy, packets of hot chocolate and othe Christmas delights. Great for teachers, aunts and uncles etc. ….

  9. Great! On lots of crafts reds are a problem like scrapbooking and cards. So glad you found out how to remove it. On paper I have not found anything that works, just cover it up! TFS.

  10. I was just thinking of doing this for Christmas and am glad I found the instructions here. Yours turned out great!

  11. I seen these done with permanent marker aswell.. I wonder if it is safe that way? 🙂 Great blog btw, I absolutely LOVE DIY & Crafts… I am in the process of making a christmas tree outta empty toilet paper rolls (not a real tree) but one that hangs on the wall, I seen it on pinterest and thought it was so great hehe

  12. wow, these are fantastic. You’ve made a marvellous job of them. I especially like the cute little girl on the white cup.

  13. I love this idea and didn’t know you could do this yourself. I will be doing this with my grandchildren for both of their parents.

  14. I think these personalized mugs are a wonderful and intimate gift idea and so inexpensive to make. Thank you for sharing with us.

  15. What kind of acrylic sealer did you use? I got tree house studio clear acrylic sealer. Do you think that’s safe?

  16. I was also worried about the safety of the spray, but I like the idea of just putting it over the picture. I think I will try it and use painter’s tape around the top to keep the rim clean of it. I love this! Thank you!

  17. This is a very cute idea. I would love to receive one of these from a grandchild if it were me. When my new little grandie gets bigger, I will help her or show mommy this to maybe make some for the ones in her life that are close to her… thanks for showing….I love it. 🙂

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