These chalkboard mugs are one of our DIY gift ideas for the holiday season. It’s such a simple and fun DIY project that you’ll want to make these for everyone! Give these mugs away to friends and family as Christmas gifts, or create a collection of these mugs to use at home. Place teabags or hot cocoa mix inside the finished mug for a festive touch to this simple gift idea.
Here are step-by-step instructions!
Materials for this DIY Gift Project:
- Rust-Oleum Specialty Tintable Chalkboard Paint (we used Peapod, Deep Teal and Moonstone)
- ScotchBlue Multi-Surface Painter’s Tape
- HDX 1-qt. Multi-Mix Containers
- Paint stirrer
- Martha Stewart Living 3/8 in. and 3/4 in. Brush Set
- Martha Stewart Living Round and Flat Artist Brush Set
- Porcelain mugs
- Mini Christmas ornaments and ribbon
Please note, this mug is hand wash only.
Mix your tintable chalkboard paint according to the instructions on the container. We decided to customize our paint colors by mixing a few variations of the tinted chalkboard paint.
Make sure the surface of your mug is clean and dry. Then use painter’s tape to mask off the area you don’t want to paint.
Feel free to get creative with your tape! There’s tons of different patterns and designs you can make. We decided to go with a few simple partial designs by using horizontal and vertical lines to give each mug a “paint dipped” look.
Brush a healthy coat of tinted chalkboard paint, ensuring that strokes are even and avoiding any bubbles. Let the first coat dry for 1 hour.
Apply a second coat of chalkboard paint, touching up any missed areas and ensuring brush strokes are evenly coated across the porcelain.
Remove tape while second coat is still wet to prevent peeling edges of the paint. Leave the mug to dry overnight.
After your mug is dry, you can take a smaller sized brush to apply a final touch up layer, if necessary.
Once chalkboard paint has completely cured after drying overnight, prep the chalkboard surface. You can do this simply by taking a piece of chalk and rubbing the side of it so it covers the entire surface and erasing it with a paper towel.
Once your chalkboard surface is prepped, take a piece of chalk and start drawing!
You can draw a design, monogram or write the name of the person you are gifting this to.
A great way to present these as gifts is to tie a piece of chalk around the handle with ribbon. We also adorned ours with a mini Christmas tree ornament to add a festive touch.
Now that you’ve made these chalkboard mugs, check out another one of our DIY gift ideas: DIY coasters. The coasters would go with these mugs perfectly.