{diy personalized mugs & dishes} great gift idea!

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With the holidays quickly approaching (Thanksgiving is in 3 weeks???), it’s the time for easy and simple gift giving ideas and decor projects.  How about personalized mugs for gift giving, and personalized dishes for serving, decor, and everyday use?  You won’t believe how simple it is to do,  and they can both be done very inexpensively.

I’ve been wanting to try the porcelain paint pens you can find at Michael’s or other hobby stores that are made specifically for porcelain/ceramic dishes, and once cured, are dishwasher safe.  I finally tried it, and I LOVE it!

I found these simple white bowls at the dollar store for $1 each a few years ago, and it was time for a little face lift!  I thought they would be so fun with numbers on them for serving–how about a Thanksgiving table?  So cute!  I think this would be a really fun wedding gift, or Christmas gift for a newlywed couple.

I also turned two white mugs (also can be found at the dollar store for $1) into personalized hot chocolate mugs for my girls, and are perfect for gift giving–teachers, parents, grandparents, neighbors, co-workers, friends, and more!  I tucked a clear treat bag filled with our favorite candy cane hot cocoa mix, tied it with red gingham ribbon, and it’s such a fun gift. You could even have your child design mugs for their grandparents with their artwork!

See?  SO cute!  Now I’m going to show you how easy it is!


*ceramic/porcelain dishes or mugs

*stencils (if desired)

* porcelain paint pen

*your oven!


1.  Wash our dishes well, and let dry completely. They should be free of all dust and dirt.

2.  Apply your desired stencils.  I used my Silhouette to cut out numbers and and letters for my dishes, and applied the negative space for my stencil.  I like to use contact paper when I’m using it for stenciling–much cheaper!  If you don’t have a Silhouette, you can look for stickers or vinyl at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s or other hobby stores that have negative space you can use. Or…you don’t have to use stencils at all!  If you love your handwriting, write it yourself!  What about having one of your children draw a picture on a mugs for their grandparents??  Cute!

Seal the edges well–you don’t want paint seeping underneath.

3.  Following the directions on your paint pen (this is the one I got, but yours may be a little different than mine), apply the paint to your dishes. I basically just colored inside the lines, lol!

 I found my pen at  Michael’s with the other permanent markers–Sharpies, etc., and it was about $3. Make sure you look for a pen that will bed dishwasher safe once cured!!!  I also got the one with a fine point–I wanted to have a lot of control when working in such a small space. I was able to do all the dishes (10 pieces), and I still had plenty left.  I didn’t do a lot of text on each dish, so it will depend on what you choose to write.

4.  The directions for my pen required the paint to set for 24 hours.  Once the 24 hours was over, I peeled off the stencil.  A little paint did seep under the stencil, but I removed it easily with a razor blade.  The paint doesn’t dry hard, so be careful that you don’t remove the stuff that you do want to be there!   After I got it the way I wanted it, I followed the directions on my pen, and placed it in a 350 degree oven for 35 minutes.  Make sure you follow the directions on the pen you purchase-again, they may differ from the one I used.

5.  Once they cooled down from the oven, they were ready to go! I’ve washed mine in the dishwasher, and they come out beautifully. LOVE them all!!!


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About Simply Kierste

Kierste is a blogger who shares her love of all things DIY. She is the mother of six, and focuses on simple ideas and projects to make a house a home! When she's not chasing around two sets of twins, a teenager, and a baby, she's working on a project, training for her next race, reading one of her favorite books, or baking something with chocolate in it.

16 thoughts on “{diy personalized mugs & dishes} great gift idea!

  1. How cute is this?!! Now that my girls are a little older (11 & 13), they can do these for their teachers themselves! Or, for me for Christmas (girls, are you listening?) :-)

  2. LOVE it Kierste! Thanks for the great idea. I really enjoy making things, but they have to be quick and easy. I can do this one!!!!! Can’t wait to try!!!!

    1. I actually used black vinyl this time around. I pretty much always use contact paper for stenciling projects, and like to recommend it to people, but I already had my vinyl out, and I used a very small portion of it, since the numbers were so small, so I went ahead and used it. I haven’t seen black contact paper before, either!!!

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