Three years ago, I made a dishwasher safe glitter mug and posted the tutorial. You guys must have thought it was cool or something because it then went crazy on Pinterest and Instagram. I've had a few people asking for a glitter mug update so here is the update I wrote after 6 months of use. 3 years later, it still looks great and everything I said here applies.
Still looks awesome, right?!
I've forgotten how many times it has been through the dishwasher but I am guessing we use it at least 2-3 times a week. It was made
6 months ago 3 years ago and I'm guessing it has been washed in the dishwasher 50-70 times, oh I lost count how many times. After having the cup that long, I have some tips I want you to read before you make your own.
Read this tutorial for how to make it, and make sure to follow the tips below.
1.) Use GLOSS not MATTE finish
I have two cups: one I did the wrong way (on the left) and one I did the right way (on the right).
I used the matte finish on the left and the GLOSS finish on the right. See the difference? The gloss makes it looks like your cup was dipped in glitter. The matte held up well too, but it looks like there is a layer of wet glue on top. Use the gloss NOT the matte.
2.) Leave enough time between coats
According to the instructions, wait about a day in between coats. You might do it differently with okay results, but I know that waiting worked so I don't recommend doing it sooner.
3.) Let your cup dry/cure for the full 28 days
I cannot stress this enough. Make sure you wait or else your glitter might not stick! This recommend is right on the bottle so I wouldn't mess with it. 🙂
4.) Use the formula recommended!
In my tutorial, I use Martha Stewart Decoupage in Gloss. You can find it in Michael's stores. I have not tried other formulas or Mod Podge and do not know if they are truly dishwasher safe. You can try it out! But do so at your own risk. 🙂 If you can't find the product and aren't washing them, they will probably look fine.
Since I wrote the original post Mod Podge HAS come out with a dishwasher safe formula (at Michael's as well), but I have not tried it just yet. Did they make it because this cup is so awesome? Maybe not but I'd like to think that, haha! 😉
Update: I still haven't tried it, but some readers have told me it works great! I guess both are made by Plaid Crafts so who knows, might even be just the same product in a different bottle.
5.) This isn't fool proof.
One of the photos on Instagram that I was tagged in (of many, many pictures) did not work. It stuck and all, she said she followed the instructions to the T, but her cup looked like a mix of the gloss and matte cups above. I feel awful! But I didn't make the formula and don't know if there was something off with her bottle.
Hundreds (if not thousands) have tried this and I've only heard once of a problem. I wish I could guarantee it will work, but I can't do just that.
If you have a problem, look for a number on the back of the bottle and let them know!
Here is the tutorial to make your own dishwasher safe glitter dipped mug.
If you'd like to see MY glitter mug in action, use the hashtag #glittermugchronicles.
UPDATE (Nov '16)
Our mug is still in use and looks great. Although I will say, I barely use it because my kids love to! 🙂
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. 🙂