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….
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.
-Martha Stewart decoupage, gloss finish
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!)
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!
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:
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.
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
UPDATE (Nov ’15)
Our mug is still in use and looks great! Although I will say, I barely use it because my kids will steal it from me.
So many of you have followed this tutorial and glittered mugs are now a thing. How crazy is that?!?!?! When I made this tutorial, it was the FIRST one on the internet for making glitter mugs. Thanks for making, pinning, and sharing glitter mugs with your friends. :)