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DIY Personalized Fall Mug

Learn how to make these DIY personalized mugs for fall using vinyl – it’s easy to do with professional results! You can make these adorable mugs easily with my free cut file and be sipping your favorite pumpkin spiced infused drink in no time!

woman drinking from an orange campfire mug speckled with vinyl personalized writing

How cute is this mug? You would think I scored this orange sensation after hours in the home store but no – it’s an easy DIY project!

With fall on its way, we’re all looking forward to drinking our pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin spice hot chocolate and pumpkin spice who-knows-what-else!

So pull out your scissors and vinyl – it’s time to make a fun mug that you can enjoy all season long!

Orange ceramic mug with the words "Hello Pumpkin" in white vinyl

These mugs make for a one-of-a-kind (and cheap!) gift too. If you’re looking for a teacher gift, birthday present or just as an “I’m thinking of you” surprise, this is the way to go.

And if you buy a few mugs, you can mix the prints and have a complete set for a special someone!

If you’re feeling inspired by this DIY personalized mug, check out my Halloween candle labels for another cool gift idea for this time of year!


What You Will Need


I used permanent vinyl and my Silhouette cutting machine to make the transfers for the mugs but if you don’t have a cutting machine, you could also cut out your own design on vinyl. Personally, even though I don’t use my Silhouette ALL the time, I think it was a great investment and I’m really happy that I bought it.

Watch the video below to see how I transfer the design to the mug!

How To Make Your Own Personalized Fall Mug

1. Download the Personalized Design

Save the cut files above or design your own. Using a Silhouette or Cricut cutting machine, cut the design out on permanent vinyl.

You could also draw your words on the vinyl and cut out with a scissors if you’ve got a steady hand!

2. Attach the Transfer Paper

Cut a piece of transfer paper slightly larger than the vinyl design. Remove the backing from the transfer paper so that you’re left with the sticky grid side. Stick it to the face of the vinyl design.

Vinyl square, transfer paper with red grid lines, and yellow scissors for trimming

3. Trim the Vinyl Design

Peel the backing off the vinyl design. Then, slowly peel the surrounding vinyl away from the actual cut design. Cut away vinyl as you so that it doesn’t stick back down and cause problems. Use a weeding tool or a pin to remove any excess vinyl left in between the letters.

Reverse side of vinyl patch with white lettering, resting on wooden table

4. Prep the Surface of the Mug

Clean your mug with alcohol and allow to dry for a few minutes.

Plain, ceramic mug awaiting transfer of vinyl lettering

5. Transfer Design to the Mug

Center the design on the mug, press down firmly and rub it well so that the letters adhere.

Slowly begin to pull off the transfer paper so that the letters remain on the mug.

Transferring of the lettering to the mug in progress; transfer paper still attached to mug with lettering showing beneath.

6. Bake to Set the DIY Design

Bake the mug at 175 degrees F for 60 minutes to set the vinyl. Allow to cure for 3 days before washing. If you want to use a dishwasher, keep it on the top rack. It should wash fine but the dishwasher will limit the life of the vinyl. Also, the mug is fine to microwave once cured!

Author, wearing seasonal fall wrap, holding finished DIY mug with vinyl lettering "Hello Pumpkin"

Easy, right? Now I’m dreaming all sorts of ways to make more of these! I’m picturing these particular fall ones stuffed with some delicious fall treats and wrapped in cellophane. Next up – winter themed ones full of hot chocolate necessities!! Yum!

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How to Create a Personalized Mug

How to Create a Personalized Mug

Why waste time looking for the perfect fall mug with your favorite message - make it yourself with this easy tutorial!

Materials

  • Permanent Vinyl (I used white but choose whatever color you want)
  • Ceramic Campfire Mug

Tools

  • Silhouette or Cricut Cutting Machine
  • "Hello Pumpkin" design

Instructions

    1. Save the cut files above or design your own. Using a Silhoutte or Cricut cutting machine, cut the design out on permanent vinyl.
    2. Download the SVG file here. Or download the Silhoutte Studio3 File here
    3. Cut a piece of transfer paper slightly larger than the vinyl design. Remove the backing from the transfer paper so that you're left with the sticky grid side. Stick it to the face of the vinyl design.
    4. Peel the backing off the vinyl design. Then, slowly peel the surrounding vinyl away from the actual cut design. Cut away vinyl as you so that it doesn't stick back down and cause problems. Use a weeding tool or a pin to remove any excess vinyl left in between the letters.
    5. Clean your mug with alcohol and allow to dry for a few minutes.
    6. Center the design on the mug, press down firmly and rub it well so that the letters adhere.
    7. Slowly begin to pull off the transfer paper so that the letters remain on the mug.
    8. Bake the mug at 175 degrees F for 60 minutes to set the vinyl. Allow to cure for 3 days before washing. If you want to use a dishwasher, keep it on the top rack. It should wash fine but the dishwasher will limit the life of the vinyl. Also, the mug is fine to microwave once cured!

Notes

I used permanent vinyl and my Silhouette cutting machine to make the transfers for the mugs but if you don't have a cutting machine, you could also cut out your own design on vinyl if you have a steady hand.

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