How to Create a Unique Coffee Mug on a Dollar Store Budget

If you’re a coffee addict like me, then you probably have an assortment of unique coffee mugs taking up space in your kitchen. There is something so beautiful about a unique coffee mug. Unlike other dishes, coffee mugs don’t need to match. They can be unique and eclectic because chances are, you won’t be serving coffee to a bunch of people at once.

Unfortunately, unique coffee mugs are expensive. Especially if you want a good quality mug. Statement mugs from store like Pier One start at $8 dollars per mug. Just to buy a standard set of 4 mugs, you’ve almost spent $40 dollars. This isn’t ideal, especially for those of you who have just moved out of your parents home and are just getting started.

Instead of purchasing overpriced coffee mugs, why not make your own unique set. Projects like the ones I’m about to share allow you to create something that truly fits into your home and lifestyle. You can buy a set of plain white coffee mugs from discounts stores like Ross or T.J. Maxx to start these projects. So today, let’s check out some awesome DIY’s that can turn your boring coffee mugs into something fabulous.

Spray Paint Changes Everything 

This tutorial from Colors and Craft teaches us how to update a boring mug with a can of spray paint. Gold embellishments are really popular right now. These mugs would be extremely overpriced at any store, even though they are fairly simple. So instead of purchasing and overpriced set, why not create your own.

Start by taping off the pattern you’d like to create and spray paint the uncovered area. Colors and Crafts then recommends that you bake the mug in your oven at 300 degrees for 30 minutes. The heat will help seal the paint so it doesn’t chip or crack over time. This is an easy way to upgrade your plain coffee mugs into something special!

Make It Personal 

Monogrammed mugs are also really popular right now. Plus, these monogrammed mugs from Glued to My Crafts are far from ordinary. This tutorial is one of the easiest ones out there. With your plain mug, attach the letter you’d like to monogram onto the side of the mug. Once you’ve done this, all you need to do is print dots all around the letter with a sharpie. You can chose one color, or your favorite color scheme. You’re only limited by your imagination. Once you’ve finished, let the sharpie dry and just like the first mug, you’ll bake in the over at 300 degrees for 30 minutes. This tutorial is great for those of you with kids, you can create a monogrammed mug for each member of your family!

Create Something Modern


Photo: Babble

Aren’t these coffee mugs the most beautiful cups you’ve ever seen? You’d be lucky to even find this type of design in a store. Don’t worry though, we’ve got the tutorial! This tutorial from Babble shows us how to create these dreamy mugs with a plain coffee cup and nail polish. Now you have a way to get rid of your old nail polish while creating something new. This tutorial might be a little bit more complicated, but it’s definitely worth it!

Write Something Quirky 

Okay, so maybe a watercolor mug isn’t your style. You want something that is quirky and gives the rest of a world a look into your soul. Similar to Glued to My Crafts tutorial, you can create a quirky mug with only a sharpie. Laughs, Crafts, and Photographs has provided us with some amazing ideas on how to create a quirky coffee mug. Simply write out your favorite saying onto the mug and voila, you’re done! Just like the others, you’ll need to bake the mug in order to set the ink. Simple and fun, this unique mug will let the whole world know what you’re all about!

Let Your Imagination Guide You 

Don’t waste your hard earned money on overpriced coffee mugs. You can easily create something unique and quirky without spending too much money. These tutorials are simple too, so no need to worry about whether you’re creative enough! Remember, you might not even have to buy new mugs. If you have some plain coffee mugs lying around the house, why not give them new life.