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Easy DIY Travel Mug on a Budget

This DIY travel mug was assembled with a dollar store item, paper scraps, and Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge. It’s so easy and inexpensive to make!

Skills Required: Beginner. It helps to have experience with Mod Podge so you can apply the paper without wrinkles. Besides that, it’s relatively easy. Don’t forget to observe the required 28-day dry time!

Easy DIY Travel Mug on a Budget

Hi guys! It’s Ashlee from My So Called Crafty Life, and I am back to share a fun and easy DIY travel mug craft with you all today! A couple of weeks ago I saw these cute stainless mugs at Target in their “dollar” section. You can often find these at Dollar Tree too, making these the perfect dollar store craft or inexpensive teacher appreciation gift.

I thought they would be really fun to decoupage. I have been itching to try out the Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe formula for a while now, so I thought this was a perfect project to try it out on!

Decorate a travel mug with paper and Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge

DIY Travel Mug

Here’s What You Need:

Instructions:

Long strips of scrapbook paper in a pile

The first thing you need to do is measure the space between the top and bottom plastic lips of your mug. Now, cut strips of your scrapbook paper with either scissors or a paper cutter.

Cut them to be about 1/4″ wide. Mine were not all uniform, cause my paper cutter is a little off, so don’t worry if they are not all perfect. Then cut all the pieces to the length you measured on your mug.

Painting Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe onto the side of a travel mug with a paintbrush

Clean your mug with the rubbing alcohol and dry. Grab a little of the Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe medium onto your paint brush and brush a little on your mug down the length of the mug.

Placing paper on top of the Mod Podge on the side of the mug

Now take a strip and lay it on the mug in the medium painted area. Lay it as straight as you can and smooth it out so that there are no wrinkles or bubbles.

Adding Mod Podge and strips of paper to the side of a travel mug

Repeat with another strip, then another and so on until you have covered the space with the medium you had brushed on.

Then brush on some more medium and keep smoothing on strips of your paper. Do this all the way around your mug. Set aside to dry.

If you have any funky edges on the top or bottom of any of your strips you can cut them off with a sharp craft knife.

Finished decorated travel mug

Once your mug is dry, you will need to seal it. Brush on a layer of the dishwasher safe medium. Let it dry. Add another one to two coats letting the mug dry one hour in between coats. Make sure to paint every inch of the paper so it is truly dishwasher safe.

Let cure for 28 days before washing. I love my DIY travel mug!

Woman holding a decorated travel mug in front of her waist
Closeup of a woman holding a decorated travel mug in front of her waist

I think my DIY travel mug turned out super cute and I can’t wait to use it! This would make a fun handmade gift for anyone you know that loves taking their favorite drinks on the go.

Decorated travel mug

This craft was really easy, fun, and took me less than an hour to whip up! I love how versatile it is too as you can easily make it your own just by the paper you use. I hope you all will give it a try sometime!

Yield: 1 mug

DIY Travel Mug

Decorated travel mug

Learn how to make a DIY travel mug using a Dollar Tree find, scrapbook paper, and Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5

Materials

  • Travel mug
  • Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Scrapbook paper

Tools

  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Ruler
  • Paintbrush
  • Craft knife

Instructions

  1. Measure the distance between the top and bottom lips of the mug. Cut 1/4" wide strips of the scrapbook paper to length with scissors or a paper cutter.
  2. Clean the mug with rubbing alcohol and dry.
  3. Add a bit of the Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe to the brush and paint a little down the length of the mug.
  4. Take a strip and lay it on the mug in the medium painted area. Lay it as straight as you can and smooth it out so that there are no wrinkles or bubbles.
  5. Repeat with another strip and so on until you have covered the space with the medium you brushed on.
  6. Brush on additional medium and keep smoothing on strips of the paper. Do this all the way around the mug. Set aside to dry.
  7. If there are any funky edges on the top or bottom of any of the strips, cut them off with a sharp craft knife.
  8. Seal the entire mug with another layer of Mod Podge. Let dry and repeat. Let cure for 28 days before washing.

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If you all would like to see more of my work you can find me on my blog, My So Called Crafty Life. I’d also love for you to check out the following posts:

Paige

Wednesday 10th of February 2016

This mug is so fun! I love the choice of prints you chose!

Paige https://www.thehappyflammily.com/

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