DIY Stenciled Snowflake Mug

I don’t care what the groundhog predicted—it’s still winter and it will be for a while. What better way to settle in for the winter than with a new mug for coffee/tea/hot cocoa?

Ever since I made the Gothic Raven Mug, I’ve been on a mug stencil kick. I had been tinkering with a potential mug stencil for Valentine’s Day, but it was an epic failure. For one thing, curves are hard for me to cut out nicely with a knife. For another, I tried using glitter craft paint. It looked like dried puffy paint by the time I was done with it-– ick!

I went back to the drawing board and was inspired to try a snowflake stencil instead. Although it was more complex, the straight lines were much easier to cut out with the craft knife. Plus, the craft paint I picked up at Michaels was a glossy enamel that works on wood, glass and ceramics. Score!

If you would like to make your own Ski Chalet mug, you can download my free snowflake stencil here. See below for the mug stencil tutorial.

DIY Mug Stencil Tutorial

Materials

  • mug
  • peel and stick contact paper
  • tape
  • craft knife
  • small paint brush
  • acrylic paint made for ceramics (I used Americana Gloss Enamels in Calypso blue)
  • small dish
  • toothpicks
  • cotton swabs
  • ceramic pen (I used Sharpie oil-based paint pen in aqua)

Directions

Lay contact paper down with the shiny side up and tape to a cutting mat or board. Tape snowflake stencil on top of the contact paper. Carefully, using the craft knife, cut out the outline of the image and then delicately punch out the contact paper. This may require some practice.

Clean the mug and wipe down with rubbing alcohol. Next, peel off the contact paper backing and stick on mug, making sure that the stencil is stuck to the mug securely. For this mug, I decided that the blue paint was too pretty to be limited to just the snowflake, so I painted the negative space instead. Using contact paper, I cut out straight strips to frame the snowflake stencil.

Paint the stencil. Since I used a glossy enamel for this project, I brushed with a small paint brush instead of a craft brush and painted in smooth strokes.

Carefully peel stencil and frame from the mug. The stencil will probably not be 100% clean, but that’s OK. Using a combination of toothpicks and cottons swabs dipped in water, scrape off any extraneous paint that got on the snowflake.

To add some whimsy, I wrote a little message on the back of the mug using an oil-based pen from Sharpie. Definitely practice on paper before writing on your mug– this is permanent!

Once done, if you’re using gloss enamel, let the mug air dry for 48 hours. Then, to cure the mug, place mug in a cool oven and heat to 350 degrees and bake for 30 minutes. Let mug cool in the oven. Your painted mug is now microwave and dishwasher safe (top rack only).

The Stitcherati Snowflake Stencil free download.

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