DIY Polka Dot Coffee Mug

By now you all have heard about Vine, right? (Update: I have deleted my Vine account and am now hosting this tutorial on my YouTube channel.) I signed up with the intentions of using it for blogging purposes…oh, and my successful Target shopping spree. Anyways, when I decided to do a DIY project I figured Vine would be an easy, yet effective way to show you a step-by-step tutorial.

With all the cold weather we’ve been having here lately, I’ve been drinking a lot of coffee. It’s been great because I’m finally making use of our 12 white ceramic coffee mugs. However, those white mugs are pretty darn boring and yesterday I had an amazing stroke of craft genius. Those moments don’t happen too often, so when they do I make sure to take full advantage!

I’ve always been a big fan of Kate Spade as seen here. There’s just something about white with gold polka dots that makes me extremely happy. Wait…gold polka dots! Those would be perfect for my mugs! I headed to my local Michael’s to pick up this set of Martha Stewart paints for 40% off.

DIY polka dot coffee mug


I am *soooo* thrilled with the way my mugs turned out. The entire project didn’t cost much (about $18) but it sure looks like it cost me a fortune! I am going to be looking for every excuse possible to sip out of this beauty. The only problem I have now is that I want to paint them all. I bought a set of 10 paints so the color options are endless.


Tips I Learned:

– When pulling off the reinforcements, it’s easier to tear it and then pull around the circle rather than pulling off the entire thing in one piece.

– Some of your dots won’t turn out the way you hoped. To fix this, I took a pencil eraser and dipped it into the paint. Then I went over all the dots to make them a little bit bigger and perfectly circular!

– If you bake your mug according to the Martha Stewart directions, it can be top-rack dishwasher safe! How awesome is that? {I’ve since washed mine several times and they still look like new!}



  1. says

    I saw this on pinterest and died at how adorable these are and TOTALLY want to make them. I’m glad you’ve tested them first hahaha. have you tried dishwashing them?

    • says

      The Martha Stewart paints I bought are for ceramic & glass specifically. I followed the directions on the box which calls to bake the mugs in the oven for 30 minutes. Then they’re supposed to be top-rack dishwasher safe!

  2. says

    This is SO cute!!! I love it, and happen to have some ceramic paint on hand, and was looking for a good mug project. I did “MR.” and “MRS.” mugs for my friend’s wedding, but now I’m going to do THIS for me!

  3. says

    Oh so CUTE Danielle!! You did a FABULOUS job!!

    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! Can’t wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening :)

  4. says

    These mugs are super cute! I think me and the kiddos are going to make a few for Grandparents Day! All their Grandparents love coffee or tea and how cute would it be to add their initials!?!


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