DIY Glitter Coffee Mug

DIY Glitter Coffee Mug

I love coffee mugs and I have quite the collection displayed in our kitchen.  I love each one but I do have my favorites, like the travel mug a friend personalized for me, and the one my other friend made me with both of our states one it, or one I picked up on my trip to CoffeeCon a couple years ago.  Mugs that remind me of fun times, and people I love end up being my favorite because of what they represent.  Which is why I love making personalized mugs for my friends.

I made one a while back, the Glitter Coffee Mug that was dishwasher safe and I loved the results but it did take a lot of time waiting for each layer to dry between the steps.  This time around I wanted to try and do something a little different.  I had a lot of ideas in my head but a trip to the craft store changed everything.

Vinyl Glitter Mug

I wondered into the Circut isle, and while I do not have one of them I am familiar with what they can do.  A friend has made me several vinyl decorations with hers and that got me to thinking.  I saw the Iron-on glitter vinyl made for fabrics and such and got to thinking… If it can survive the washer and dryer, could it survive being washed in the sink or even the dishwasher?

I tried to goggle it a bit, but my phone signal in the craft store is terrible and I gave up the search for temperature limits for the iron-on vinyl.  I grabbed the roll because I thought it would work, and either way I could use it on another project!

What I used:

  • Iron-on Glitter Vinyl
  • Craft Iron
  • Scissors
  • Stencil & Pen
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Decoupage Medium (optional)

I used a stencil to draw the M onto the back of the glitter vinyl, making sure that the letter was going in the “right direction” on the sparkle side of the vinyl.  My letter did not have a direction but it is something to take note of for other letters.  I cut out the vinyl with regular craft scissors since my letter was a simple shape.

I prepared the mug by washing and drying it, then cleaning it with rubbing alcohol to make sure all the oils from my hands and cleaning products were gone.  I followed the basic application directions from Circut (found here) for applying the vinyl even though it is written for fabric.  It took longer than I expected to cover the whole piece with the iron, because it is a curved surface my big iron did not work so well, but my little craft iron was great!  It still took time, but it was much easier to handle than the larger one.

After applying the vinyl I peeled off the protective sheet covering my project and then I could see the full extent of the sparkle!  It was great but I was still not sure if this would even hold up to a single wash in the sink.  So I washed it, and washed it, and then soaked it over night.  (I wouldn’t recommend this for long-term) Just to see what would happen, and the vinyl did not budge at all.  Next was a trip through the dishwasher.

Since we do not have a dishwasher, I took the mug to work and asked a co-worker for a little help.  Her apartment has brand new appliances that work great, no scraping or pre-soaking dishes for her, they all come out clean in her dishwasher.  She was happy to try it out, and put the mug through 2 of her hottest cycles – on the top rack.  As you can see the mug survived just beautifully.  All of the photos I am using today, were taken AFTER the washing cycles.

Optional Step:  

  • If you are feeling unsure about the vinyl staying in place, or water getting under it there is always the dishwasher safe decoupage medium. It could be applied over the vinyl, and at the edges to give it a bit of an extra seal.  But it does have to cure for 28 days before it is dishwasher safe.  I used the decoupage medium on my very first Dishwasher Safe Glitter Mug, and it is still holding up well almost a year later.

This mug is currently on it’s way to my friend, hopefully it will arrive before I actually post this.  Otherwise, Hey Michelle – Hope you love your new coffee mug!

If you have used iron-on vinyl in a non-traditional format, I would love to hear about them!

Personalize your coffee mug

Please note that this is not a sponsored post or a review.  I purchased the product I mention above, and I use it for a purpose beyond what it was created for.  Use caution when trying new ways to use craft items, sometimes they turn out great and sometimes they do not.  Doing a test area, or a practice run before your final project is usually very helpful.


  1. yipppeeeeee!!!!!!

  2. That is a really pretty mug! I need to give that a try one of these days.

  3. You mug is so cute! Pinned to my DIY Project board – the mug would make a great gift

  4. I am obsessed with everything coffee related! I just love this and will for sure be trying it! Thank you!