Personalized mugs make amazing gifts perfect for any occasion. With the help of your Cricut you will have these inexpensive, handmade gifts, you will have these whipped up in no time!
DIY Dollar Tree Mug
There is something so heart-warming about receiving a handmade gift. I am a big fan of receiving gifts that I can tell someone put a lot of thought and heart into.
Although I have to say, our lives can get pretty busy, so it’s nice to have a few quick ideas when you need a gift quickly. The best part is how budget-friendly it is to make these adorable DIY mugs! I get my mugs at the Dollar Tree, and the design is so small that it is a great use of those vinyl scraps that we all hate throwing away.
We love Dollar Tree projects around here – so make sure you check out this post for even more Dollar Tree Cricut ideas!
What design should I put on my mug?
Mugs are a such a fun, blank slate to work with, and your only real limit here is your creativity! When you’re thinking about your design really think about your recipient. The more personal – the better!
If you want to duplicate the mug I made, you can purchase our “Teacher Fuel” SVG file below:
Teacher Fuel SVG File$1.00
Is my mug dishwasher safe?
Personally, I wouldn’t wash this mug in the dishwasher. The design will last much longer if you wash it by hand.
Do I really have to bake my mug?
It may seem a bit excessive, but this is the magic step to get the vinyl to really stick. There’s nothing worse than taking the time to make something and then the vinyl coming off after one use!
So definitely don’t skip this step – and don’t skip prepping the mug with rubbing alcohol either! The rubbing alcohol will remove any oils or dust that will keep your vinyl from sticking.
How to Make a Mug with Cricut
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees Farenheit.
- Use your Cricut to cut out a design in permanent adhesive vinyl. Weed your design.
- Thoroughly wash your mug, and use cotton rounds to clean mug with rubbing alcohol. Make sure your mug is dry.
- Use your transfer tape to apply the vinyl design to the mug.
- Bake mug in oven for 15 minutes.
- Heart-shaped wood cutouts
- Vinyl (I used red HTV to match the original conversation hearts, but you can use whatever color you would like)
- Cricut or other cutting machine
- Sponge brush(es)
- Cricut EasyPress, if you're using HTV
- Paint the hearts different colors. I had eight hearts and used 4 different paint colors, so I have 2 hearts in each color. Allow to dry for about 24 hours, if you can.
- Open Cricut Design Space, and create a new project.
- Add text, and type up any sayings you want on your conversation hearts.
- When you're ready, select "Make It."
- Cut the images. *Don't forget to mirror image if you are using HTV.
- Weed excess vinyl, and apply to the hearts. If using adhesive vinyl, use transfer tape to apply designs to hearts. If using HTV, check the packaging of your vinyl to make sure that you use the proper settings on your EasyPress. (Temperature, length of time, hot/cold peel, etc.)
- String your hearts onto your desired ribbon, twine, or string. Enjoy!
I had eight hearts and used 4 different paint colors, so I have 2 hearts in each color.
The font I used was Helvetica Neue in 65 pt. font, and I changed the line spacing to -3.1.
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