Need a great last-minute idea for Mother's Day? Grab your Cricut and get to work! Below you will find three unique DIY Cricut Mother's Day coffee mugs that are easy to make and can be ready to gift in no time. Give them alone or fill with your favorite items and watch the mom in your life smile with joy on her special day!
Cricut Mother's Day Coffee Mugs
Moms the world around deserve a special day to be celebrated, and no matter what day of the year your country honors moms, this idea is a great gift. Coffee fuels the world, so why not remind your mom, or mom friends, just how special they are every day with their favorite cup of coffee? With three unique ideas on this list, you are sure to love one of them and find a way to make it for your mom!
If you are just getting started with your Cricut and want another idea for Mother's Day, then check out these great DIY Cricut shadowbox ideas. There are three great options for a fun little Mother's Day shadowbox that is sure to be a hit.
What Should I Put Inside These Coffee Mugs When Gifting?
Before we get into the details about making these, think a bit about how you want to gift them. Mugs are great for coffee or tea, but what you tuck inside them can vary depending upon the woman who is receiving them. Below are some ideas we love and think would look great tucked inside a coffee mug as a gift.
- Single serving coffee, hot cocoa, or tea along with sweetener packets or honey sticks.
- Hot cocoa bombs.
- Nail polish, emery board, and nail clippers.
- Gift cards for favorite coffee shops, restaurants, or a spa.
- Haircare items like hair masks, scrunchies, hair ties, or clips.
- Makeup items like brushes, eye shadow, lipstick, eyeliner, or facial masks.
- Bath bombs, bath salts, or bubble bath packets.
What Mugs Can I Use For This?
You can use any mug you want to make this. There are a few recommendations, however. While working with a stainless steel travel mug or similar might be nice, it is harder to seal the vinyl in the oven as their liners can be an issue.
So, do keep that in mind. However, that's not the only way you can seal vinyl to a mug. Below I will share more tips for the ways you can properly seal these mugs, and how they should be cleaned.
What Vinyl Do I Need for This Project?
The best option is to pick up permanent outdoor vinyl for this project. It is often used for items that are exposed to the elements like outdoor signs and even car decals.
The other common option, which is shown below, is to use heat transfer vinyl. This vinyl, once heated to a certain temperature for a specific time will seal against the mug and become a fairly permanent addition.
How Do You Make Sure The Vinyl Doesn't Peel Off of the Mug?
The two most common methods are heat and sealant. In the video below, you will see us placing the mugs into the oven to "cure" with heat. You can also use a variety of different sealants.
- ModPodge Dishwasher Safe Sealant
- Polycrylic Sealant
- Epoxy (used rarely but still an option for some)
When using a sealant, you will most likely need to let the mug cure for up to 30 days. Read the directions on the sealant before you choose this method just in case you won't have that much time before gifting the item. If you need to gift prior to it being fully cured, make sure you let them know to wait before using it for the best results.
Additionally, when using sealants, they are not FDA-approved, so it is important to not add them around the rim of the mug. While they may be perfectly safe, it's not known, so it is best to leave that portion open just in case.
- Cricut Mug Press
- Oven cure at 300°F for 10 to 15 minutes.
Are These Cricut Coffee Mugs Dishwasher Safe?
This depends entirely upon the vinyl used and sealant choice. In general, they are safe on the top rack of the dishwasher when sealed properly. However, if unsealed they will not need to be cleaned in the dishwasher.
It is best to hand wash these, but if you do choose to put them into the dishwasher, then you will want to do so only on the top rack of the machine for best results.
Can These Be Used in the Microwave?
It is not recommended to use a mug with vinyl coating or message in the microwave. While a few seconds may not be an issue, and the vinyl is unlikely to melt or create issues, it is a concern that fumes might be created. So, at higher heat, such as the microwave, it is a fear that the vinyl could create toxic fumes. For safety, it is recommended that you not use these in the microwave.
- Cricut Explore Air 2,Cricut Maker, orCricut Joy
- Light matorstandard grip mat
- Transfer tape
- Deep tip bladeandhousing
- Weeding tool
- Scraper tool
- Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe
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How to Make a Mother's Day Mug with Cricut Vinyl Message
Clean the mug with isopropyl alcohol and set it aside to air dry.
Load your chosen design into Create Space as shown and choose to create.
Place the blade in its housing into the open space on the Cricut as the manufacturer directs.
Follow the directions on the screen to choose the type of vinyl that you are using so the blade cuts the material correctly.
You may have to search if the product you are using isn't shown on the first screen.
Place the vinyl into the corner of the cutting mat.
Load the mat into the machine via the roller as directed.
Once the vinyl is cut, carefully remove excess vinyl.
Use the weeding tool to remove the smaller bits between letters.
Apply transfer tape over the vinyl and press with a scraper to attach.
Slowly remove the transfer tape taking the vinyl with it.
Place the vinyl onto the mug and use the scraper tool to press down and attach the vinyl to the mug.
Use the scraper tool to help the vinyl stick securely to the mug.
Slowly peel the transfer tape off of the mug making sure the vinyl stays in place.
If you struggle with the vinyl wrapping well, cut a slit on the sides of the transfer tape to allow it to wrap around the mug easier.
Make sure the vinyl lettering is pressed securely against the mug before coating with a sealant or heat curing.
If sealing with Mod Podge, coat the mug leaving a small space without sealant around the rim of the mug.
Place the mug(s) into a shallow baking dish to heat cure.
Cure in the oven at 300°F for 10 to 15 minutes.
More Mother's Day Gift Ideas
Didn't find something here you liked? No worries! Below are amazing ideas that you can make, the kids can make, and that are all budget-friendly. They are perfect for making with the kids and any mom would love to get these this Mother's Day!
- 25 Adorable Mother’s Day Cards That Kids Can Make
- 35 Super Easy DIY Mother’s Day Gifts for Kids and Toddlers
- 50 Fabulous Mother’s Day Gifts You Can Make For Under $20
This can be done on any mug of your choice. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
This can be done on any mug of your choice.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
You can use any color vinyl you prefer, or if inclined, you may also try using infusable ink.
These are excellent gifts for birthdays, just because, and of course, for Mother's Day.