I had a few plain white mugs left over from a standard set I bought in college so I figured I would spruce them up a bit. I read a few tutorials online for making gold foil mugs that will stand the test of time and after a bit of experimenting I think I have found the easiest and most effective way to make your own gold foil mugs.
If you don’t already have plain white mugs you are willing to experiment with check out the white ceramic section at Target. They have a variety of classic white mugs for under five bucks.
You will need:
- Oil based (very important or it will just rub off) gold leaf marker. I loved the one I grabbed from Michael’s by Craft Smart but I have heard that even Sharpie makes an oil based gold pen.
- Nail polish remover and cotton swabs
Make sure your mug is clean and completely dry. Grab a scrap piece of paper and practice what you would like to put on your mug. I selected “wifey” for an upcoming bridal shower gift.
Once you write on your mug use the cotton swaps and nail polish remover to touch up your lines or to wipe off any mistakes. Make sure you really clean up any unwanted gold because once it is baked it won’t come off.
Put the mug (or mugs) on a cookie sheet in the oven and turn it to 425 allowing the mug to heat up with the oven. Once your oven reaches 425 set your timer for 30 minutes. After it has baked for half an hour turn off the oven but leave your mug in and allow it to cool down with the oven.
Here is what the mug looks like after almost eight months of use and at least a dozen trips through the dishwasher. I would wager that hand-washing would eliminate the bit of fading, but I think this worn version is kind of charming and I hate hand-washing. 😂
Please share if you make your own! I would love to see some of your creations.