The 4 Best Ways to Create Personalized Mugs

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The 4 Best Ways to Create Personalized Mugs

I am not a coffee drinker. I just don’t like the taste of it. But tea, on the other hand, I adore it. I could drink it all day long. When I was a teenager, my mom and I had this very weird sixth sense that kicked in late at night, around midnight. At the same time, we’d emerge from our bedrooms and meet in the kitchen for potato chips and tea. Those are some of my fondest memories and I always wanted to share this strange sixth sense with my own child. I think I do. Maybe not with tea, but I have been working on it.

Ever since we received  The Tea Book from DK Publishing, I’ve been slowly introducing my son to various teas and teaching him about the health benefits. During the winter time, I would make us a cup of hot tea before we listened to our daily audio book. Now that the weather is turning warm, I really don’t want that tradition to stop. It is a good thing that hot tea is easily adapted into iced tea.

There is something so very comforting about tea, and there’s something about tea that makes you feel special, especially if it’s in a fancy cup. I love telling my readers about items that can benefit their homeschools and families, so today I am going to tell you all about the Bigelow Benefits line of tea and show you the four best ways to turn plain mugs into gorgeous and fun personalized mugs.

Mug Creation #1…sticky vinyl

The 4 Best Ways to Create Personalized Mugs

You’ll need:

The 4 Best Ways to Create Personalized Mugs

If you happen to find stickers that you love at your local craft store, this mug will be a cinch to make. However, I wanted to place the words simplici-tea, creativi-tea, sereni-tea on my mug, so I used my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine. Even if you don’t have the machine, you can still use the free software to create your words, which you can then cut into vinyl by hand using a sharp craft knife.

The transfer tape carefully moves the entire word over to the cup in one piece. The scraper is used to make sure the transfer tape is properly adhered.

The 4 Best Ways to Create Personalized Mugs

So pretty! I couldn’t wait to try out this mug with some iced Ginger and Peach Bigelow Benefits tea!

The 4 Best Ways to Create Personalized Mugs

After using the scraper to make sure the vinyl was adhered to the glass mug, I carefully (and slowly) pulled the transfer tape off.

Mug Creation #2…permanent marker

The 4 Best Ways to Create Personalized Mugs

You’ll need:

  • a ceramic mug
  • permanent markers of any color
  • your words or saying printed out on a regular piece of paper
  • a pencil
  • tape

If you like your own handwriting, go ahead and skip down a couple of steps.

If you don’t like your handwriting or are worried about messing up while writing, you can use a pencil to trace a font onto the mug first. I wanted to use the saying happiness in a cup a.k.a. tea, so I found a font I liked and typed it up in Word.

The 4 Best Ways to Create Personalized Mugs

Print out your saying, in the perfect size to fit on your mug.

The 4 Best Ways to Create Personalized Mugs

Cut it out, flip it over and color vigorously on the back with a pencil.

The 4 Best Ways to Create Personalized Mugs

Tape it into position on your mug.

The 4 Best Ways to Create Personalized Mugs

With your pencil, trace over the letter, pushing hard. The pencil scribblings on the back of the paper will transfer to your mug.

The 4 Best Ways to Create Personalized Mugs

Now you can use your permanent marker to carefully trace over the pencil markings. Be sure to let the marker dry before wiping away the pencil.

The 4 Best Ways to Create Personalized Mugs

Mug Creation #3…glass etching

You’ll need:

The 4 Best Ways to Create Personalized Mugs

When etching words onto glass, you want to be very careful about the font you choose. The font above is not a good idea, since it is so thin and won’t show up very well when etched. I used the phrase morning hug in a mug.

The 4 Best Ways to Create Personalized Mugs

This font is thicker and much better! Same as with the instructions in mug #1 above, you can use a cutting machine or a sharp craft knife to cut your letters.

The 4 Best Ways to Create Personalized Mugs

I am using plain white vinyl for this. With mug #1, I got rid of the extra vinyl around the nice yellow words and transferred the actual words to the mug. With glass etching, you need to do the opposite. Get rid of the actual letters and keep the extra vinyl surrounding it.

The 4 Best Ways to Create Personalized Mugs

Use the transfer tape to move the vinyl to the glass mug. As you are smoothing the vinyl over the mug, remove as many air bubbles as you can. As long as the air bubbles are not touching any of the letters, you are fine. You just don’t want your etching cream to seep out underneath a letter.

The 4 Best Ways to Create Personalized Mugs

Spread the etching cream over the letters. Spread it on thick. Etching cream is reusable, so don’t worry about being wasteful.

Wait 10 minutes, but be sure to keep an eye on it and watch for drips. After 10 minutes, you can scrape the etching cream back into the jar. I use a wooden craft stick.

Rinse the rest of the cream off in the sink and then remove the vinyl.

The 4 Best Ways to Create Personalized Mugs

Mug Creation #4…ceramic paint

You’ll need:

The 4 Best Ways to Create Personalized Mugs

I chose the saying Tea…a snuggle in a cup and cut it out onto plain white vinyl.

The next steps are exactly the same as above, but instead of etching cream, you’ll use ceramic paint.

The 4 Best Ways to Create Personalized Mugs

You’ll want to paint a thin layer over the letters and then remove the vinyl immediately. Follow the instructions on your bottle of paint and either bake your mug on low heat let it cure on your counter.

The 4 Best Ways to Create Personalized Mugs

The Bigelow Benefits line of tea contains everyday teas that fuel your body with good for you ingredients, are all natural, and produced in the USA.

My two favorites are:

  • the ginger and peach herbal tea called Calm Stomach. Ginger is an excellent spice to help calm an upset tummy and it is delicious blended with peppermint and sweet peach in this tea.
  • the cinnamon and blackberry tea called Balance. This tea is sweet, yet tart. I love cinnamon and it smells so good!

My guys tend to favor the chocolate and almond blend called Good Mood. In addition to the chocolate and almond, it contains a bit of blackberry.

The other two tea flavors in the line are Sleep, which is a chamomile and lavender blend, and Stay Well, a lemon and Echinacea blend. This is a new line of tea, sold in individually wrapped bags, that compliments the other 130 specialty tea flavors in the Bigelow Tea family.

The 4 Best Ways to Create Personalized Mugs

You can find all the Bigelow teas, including Bigelow Benefits in the tea and coffee aisle at Kroger or Giant Eagle.

The 4 Best Ways to Create Personalized Mugs

Do you have a favorite mug that is your constant companion? I’d love to see it. Instagram a photo and tag it #TeaProudly.

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One thought on “The 4 Best Ways to Create Personalized Mugs

  1. Courtney Buteau

    I LOVE your mug creation #2! That is totally doable for me and way better than doing it freehand. Fantastic idea! I’ve been enjoying Bigelow Benefits Balance lately and looking forward to trying some of the others. Tea always helps me pause and take a minute. And having a fun mug to drink it out of makes it that much more enjoyable. Thanks for sharing these creative ideas! #client

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