Enamel Paint Mugs DIY

Enamel Paint Mugs DIY

Happy National Ice Cream Day! This DIY doesn’t really have anything to do with ice cream because I made some mugs which are usually meant to hold hot beverages or single serve microwave cakes or brownies. But I was planning on posting today and saw that it was ice cream day so I decided to put some cold stuff in a vessel meant to hold hot stuff. I’m such a rebel.

Anyways back to this DIY. I found some enamel medium on clearance in my last foray to the craft store when I was buying materials for my It’s All in the Details DIY. It was only $0.25 and was too good a deal to pass up. I’ve seen and bought markers meant to be used on glass and ceramics before, but I’ve never seen paint medium before. Since it was so cheap I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try it out. I got really excited just thinking about all the potential crafts and gifts I can use it for.


Enamel Paint Mugs DIY

Plain Ceramic Mugs – or plates, cups, bowls, or whatever you want to add a design to

Craft Folk Art Enamel Paint Transparent Medium – I found that colored versions of this are sold too. So you can buy bottles of whatever color you want if you don’t want to bother with mixing.

Acrylic Paint

Stencils(optional) – you can use a stencil or free hand your design

Paint brushes or foam brushes – I suggest paint brushes if you are free handing you design and a foam brush if you are using stencils. Or use which you are most comfortable with or have on hand.


Grab you mug. Clean and wipe down with rubbing alcohol.

Mix your paint. There were no directions on the bottle I had so I mixed half medium and half acrylic paint.

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You can either use stencils or free hand the paint onto the mugs.

Enamel Paint Mugs DIY

If you mess up the paint wipes off easily with a soapy wet towel.

Once you’re done with your design, allow it to dry for an hour. Follow the baking directions on the back the enamel paint bottle. There is also the option of allowing it to air dry for 21 days instead of baking.

Enamel Paint Mugs DIY

Viola! Ready to be used for your drinking pleasure. Or eating pleasure.

After I ate this and got over my sugar high, I tested out whether the paint would stay on through a dishwasher cycle. I’m happy to report that it did! I also tried scratching at a corner one of the letter with my nail to see if it will stay on if it gets knocked around. Sadly it did not stay on very well. Silver lining to that is if you change your mind and don’t like your design after you baked it, there is always the option of scratching it off. It also may have scratched off easily because my mix ration was 1 to 1. Next time I do this I’ll try 2 parts medium to 1 part paint. I’ll let you all know if it makes a difference.

It’s may not the best medium because I’ve had better stay results with a porcelain marker, but it was cheap and fun to paint. A big plus for this product is that I’m able to mix and make whatever color I want which is much cheaper that the markers. Buying different colored porcelain markers can really add up.

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