Mugs make easy holiday presents! Learn how to DIY Christmas mugs using your Cricut and adhesive vinyl. Fill with all sorts of goodies and give as a gift this holiday season!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holidays are in full swing and maybe you’re looking for easy gift ideas to make using your Cricut! Homemade mugs are a fun craft to make for any level of Cricut crafter and make perfect holiday gifts for any recipient on your list.
Fill these cute Christmas mugs with all sorts of goodies, like coffee, biscotti, hot chocolate mix, marshmallows, candy canes, and more!
If you love this one, here are a few more mug tutorials I’ve written in past years:
(No Cricut? You can always create ceramic coffee mugs with Sharpies or paint markers—those are designed for baking in the oven to make them permanent!)
These cute mugs are so easy to make using adhesive vinyl and transfer tape. I joined with my friend Angie from the Country Chic Cottage to craft them together!
Read on to get the written instructions for making these Christmas camping mugs!
Supplies Needed for DIY Christmas Mugs
- Cricut Maker or Maker 3, Cricut Explore or Explore 3, or Cricut Joy
- Adhesive vinyl (this is a fantastic scrapbuster!)
- Blue LightGrip or green StandardGrip mat
- Fine Point Blade
- Weeding tool
- Transfer tape
- Camping mug
- Lint roller or rubbing alcohol and cotton ball
- Christmas mug SVG files
Looking for more places to buy mugs? A few of my favorites include:
- Camping Mugs from Amazon
- Plain White Mugs from Dollar Tree
- Stackable Ceramic Mugs from Cricut.com
- Stainless Steel Camping Mugs from Amazon
Instructions to Make DIY Christmas Mugs with a Cricut
Upload your SVG file to Cricut Design Space.
Resize to fit on your mug.
When I designed these files, I kept the words separate so you could easily change out the colors if you’d like. I’m cutting this file in the colors seen here, but I can make the “in a” and the mug image all one piece so it cuts together.
Ungroup the mug file and use the Attach tool to attach the “in a” and mug image. Learn more about Using Attach in Cricut Design Space.
You’re ready to make your file! Hit Make It in the upper right to be taken to the Prepare Screen. You’ll see all of your images laid out on their respective mats. You do NOT need to mirror adhesive vinyl for this project.
Then click Continue to go to the Make Screen. Here you’ll select your material and make sure you have the right tools in your Cricut machine.
Place your vinyl color-side up on the Cricut cutting mat, insert into your machine, and press the blinking go button and your Cricut will cut your project for you!
Once all of your pieces are cut out, use the weeding hook to remove the excess vinyl from around your images. This is called weeding your vinyl. You can learn more in my post How to Weed Adhesive Vinyl.
Now we’re going to layer all of our images on a single piece of transfer tape. Cut a piece of transfer tape slightly larger than your final decal. Then peel back the white backing paper and press it down on the first image. I started with “mug,” but you can start wherever makes sense in your mind. Use a scraper to burnish the transfer tape onto the vinyl.
Then peel back the white backing paper so your vinyl is on your transfer tape. Then repeat with the other layers on the same piece of transfer tape. Refer to the image in Cricut Design Space to make sure you’re placing the pieces in the right place, or if you’re struggling to line things up, check out my post How to Layer Adhesive Vinyl Using Registration Marks.
Once you have all the pieces on your transfer tape, it’s time to put them on your mug! Use rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball or a lint roller to clean the surface of your mug.
Then place your decal on the side of the mug. Use your fingers to burnish the vinyl onto the mug.
Then peel back the transfer tape to reveal your finished DIY Christmas mug!
How to Make Cricut Mugs Dishwasher Safe
You definitely don’t want to make these DIY Christmas mugs only to have the vinyl come off in the dishwasher! Here are a few tips:
- Make sure your mug has a clean surface before adding your vinyl, using a lint roller or rubbing alcohol.
- Wash on the top rack of the dishwasher.
- Do not use the super high heat or sanitizing modes on the dishwasher.
They do make dishwasher-safe ModPodge, but the results are about the same as above plus you have to wait 28 days for it to fully cure.
You can always take more care with your mugs by avoiding the dishwasher altogether and hand washing your mugs instead.
Need more creative ideas for Christmas gifts you can make with your Cricut? Check out my big post on easy Cricut Christmas Gifts! It’s full of great gift ideas that are perfect for everyone on your list.