Glitter Dipped Coffee Mug

When I first tried the new Martha Stewart decoupage line (for this repurposed puzzle tray art), I read that it was dishwasher safe. As much as I love Martha and I loooved this new product (no one is paying me to say that), I didn’t believe the claim and wanted to try it out. And I needed a new, fancy coffee mug soooo….

LOVE this DIY glitter dipped coffee mug! it's easy to make and dishwasher safe too

yeah, I went there. I picked the messiest craft supply ever and dared that decoupage to hold it on my mug. Make my mug fancy. Make my coffee extra magical. And you know what? It did all of that.

Want to make your very own fancy glitter mug? Okay, here’s how.

LOVE this DIY glitter dipped coffee mug! it's easy to make and dishwasher safe too

Supplies Needed:

-Martha Stewart decoupage, gloss finish
-a mug
-painters’ tape
-a brush

Make it:

1.) Clean off your mug with rubbing alcohol.
2.) Add a line of painters tape where you’d like your glitter to stop. Make sure to leave at least an inch at the top.
3.) Brush a coat of decoupage onto the mug in the spots where you’d like the glitter.
4.) Pour glitter over mug until well coated.
5.) Remove painters tape immediately, DON’T TOUCH THE GLITTER, and set cup non-glitter side down to dry overnight.

6.) Brush loose pieces of glitter off of the cup.
7.) Add a coat of decoupage only over the glittered side, let dry overnight.
8.) Add a second coat of decoupage, let dry overnight.
9.) Let the mug cure a week before using it, 28 days before putting it in the dishwasher. (SUPER IMPORTANT!)

LOVE this DIY glitter dipped coffee mug! it's easy to make and dishwasher safe too

Super simple, right?! I’ve made three so far and could probably do this in my sleep.

The glitter finish is HARD and there is no way it is falling off of this mug. The gloss finish makes the glitter look super sparkly, almost as if there is NO finish covering it. Love the way this stuff dries!

I would let the mug cure for at least a week before using  and washing it. The bottle says that the finish needs to cure for 28 days and then it will be dishwasher safe. I made my mug two weeks ago so I have not put it into the dishwasher just yet, but in two weeks I will update this post and clue you in.

I don’t think it is microwave safe, so please don’t try that and then get mad at me. ;)


10/15/13: I have now washed the mug in the dishwasher three times, all with no loss of glitter. Looks like this mug and finish ARE dishwasher safe!


LOVE this DIY glitter dipped coffee mug! it's easy to make and dishwasher safe too

Dudes, this is probably one of my favorite projects to date. The most pointless, yes. But the best? Oh yeah. It’s like my day magically gets better when I drink out of my glitter mug, like so:

make a glitter dipped coffee mug! dishwasher safe too!

And if you liked this post, you might like the Every Day I’m Hustlin’ mug I made. Also super simple. Cause that’s how I roll, homies.

love this. every day I'm hustlin' sharpie mug via @whbsblog

What do you think? If you make your own, snap a picture and tag me on Instagram (@whbsblog)!


UPDATE (March ’14):

It’s been six months since I wrote this post, and it still looks great! But I have some tips for you on what to do and what to avoid. Here’s the GLITTER MUG UPDATE


  1. says

    Wait a minute… so this IS dishwasher safe?!? FOR REAL?!? I saw your post on Instagram (or your FB fan page) and thought, “I SO SO need one of these… but no, it probably won’t be able to go in the dishwasher, so forget it” – but OMGosh if it CAN go in there, I am totally making some of these for sure!

  2. Evil Stepmom says

    I wonder if you could mix the glitter right into the decoupage medium and paint that on so that it would not be as messy? I hate having glitter everywhere!

    • says

      I commented a while back and now don’t see it, maybe the internet ate it. I think that would work! If you do decide to try it, use only like a T of decoupage at a time. I know I barely made a dent in the glitter container to make this so you’ll probably need less than you think. If that makes any sense, lol. :) Report back and let me know how it goes if you try it!

  3. Penny says

    Hi there, I love this! But I can’t find martha Stewart decoupage anywhere. I’m in the uk and would love to do this. Please help. Thanks x

        • Kara says

          Did you ever find out if Mod Podge is washable for this project? I have it and glitter at home, so if I don’t have to buy special Marthas and spend more money (which the hubby never likes ;)) then that would be awesome!

  4. Jessica says

    Love Love Love this idea – definitely making several for my friends.
    I just have a question – I’m not artsy by any means… when you say cure for a week, do you mean leave it alone to dry? Or bake it? THANK YOU!

    • says

      umm, thank you for commenting Jessica! Yes, curing is the same as drying. Normally I’d just say dry but I guess I was feeling fancy? :) I am so glad you mentioned it, I’d hate to have other readers scratching their heads and will update the post.

      so 1 week of dry time, 4 weeks before dishwasher time (which DID turn out great). Thanks so much for the sweet words! It was fun to make. :)

    • says

      I think it would work perfectly on a wine glass! Just be sure to leave at least an inch or two on the top. And now you have me thinking that needs to be added to my to-do list! :) Thanks for the comment, Shelley

  5. Penny says

    Where can I buy Martha Stewart decoupage from please. I can’t find it online either????? Or what else can I use???

  6. Holly Jayne says

    Divine! Love it soooo much. Started to make one today for myself and if they work, I will make a couple as Christmas gifts for some sparkly people in my life. I could not find the Martha Stewart brand, so the lady at JoAnns told me I could use mod podge – I made sure I got the glossy one. Hopefully it works!

      • Holly Jayne says

        I put my mug in the dishwasher and it worked. No glittery mess everywhere. I definitely cured a month before using it. I used it once and hand washed it, and then put it in the dishwasher after the second use.

  7. says

    GAH! I did this and just realized I forgot to wipe my cup with alcohol!! Dadgum! Do you think it will still stay adhered?
    Thank for the idea!

  8. Jennifer says

    I have Martha Stewart’s glitter glue, I think it’s called. I am assuming it’s the same thing since I also didn’t find the decoupage product on Amazon. My question, though, is how does the handle feel? Is it comfortable with the glitter on it or is it rough on your skin? I’m wondering whether I want to put the glitter on the handle or not.

  9. Christie says

    Did anyone end up trying it in the microwave? If it stands up to the dishwasher, it would be awesome if you could reheat your coffee too! Thanks!

  10. Sara says

    I really want to try this, but I can’t seem to find this adhesive anywhere, even on Stewart’s website! Do you know if it has been discontinued?

  11. Carley says

    Does it have to be the gloss finish decoupage or is just the regular glue and sealer decoupage by martha stewart okay? btw this is like the best thing i’ve ever seen

  12. Katie says

    I am painting some mugs for someone for christmas with a acrylic paint but it definitely won’t be dishwasher safe. Does it say in the bottle whether or not the Martha Stewart stuff will make it so? Just curious if it will work with protecting any medium.

    • says

      I would think that it would protect the acrylic (especially since it protected the glitter) but I can’t promise it. If you try it, do at least 2-3 coats and let it dry the full 28 days. I will have to try that now! :)

  13. colleen Brown says

    thank you. this is just beautiful. I cant wait to get to the craft store to purchase my supplies. ive already got the perfect coffee mugs

  14. says

    I just tried this out on some cheap old martini glasses using different colors of glitter on each one. Now, I wait… But in 30 days I’ll post pictures of my new set of 24 glasses. One thing I did differently was to scatter sticker stars on the glasses. I had to use surgical tweezers to get them back off, but the effect is pretty cool. I really appreciate this product demo!

    • says

      Oh SWEET. That sounds beautiful! I will have to try that method, thanks for the idea. I’m glad you enjoyed the post! My cups are still going strong and look exactly like they did the day I wrote this. We put them in the dishwasher at least 2-3 times a week.

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      Yes, I did! I emptied the cup really carefully and only washed the inside and was careful not to submerge the outside. It did get wet, but not under a steady stream of water or in the sink. I was worried that it wouldn’t hold up. I don’t know that it would have been an issue because it was rock hard, but I didn’t want to chance it.

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