A DIY tutorial for a dishwasher safe coffee mug project using DecoArt Dishwasher-Safe Decou-Page

Hello! I'm now part of the DecoArt Americana Helping Artists Program and I want to share my first project with you.
This is the coffee mug Danita made with Deocart decoupage dishwasher safe, part of her DIY projects for the Helping Artists program
I have a drawing my daughter made for me on January, 2015 and it is one of my favorite. It's a small cat head with a bow she made for me because she knows I love Tuxedo Cats. She drew it, cut it and gave it to me and I pasted it on one side of the computer.
It's been there for a year now and I'm getting worried about loosing it, and I started looking for ways to preserve it and keep looking at it without framing it, and I came up with an idea: I'll make a coffee mug with it!
Did you know there's a product that you can use to paste any paper or fabric to ceramic? I didn't!  There are so many new products out there that is almost impossible to know them all. But searching for new products on the DecoArt website I came across this:
Ok, I said, let's give it a try.  So I prepared my materials and started working on it.
Danita is preparing the materials to create a DIY art mug with her daugter's cat drawing and some DecoArt Dishwasher-Safe Decou-Page™
You will need:
  • Ceramic Mugs
  • Rubbing Alcohol and a paper towel
  • Fabric Scraps
  • Scissors
  • A brush
  • Dishwasher-Safe Decou-Page™
Danita's DIY Art Coffee Mug tutorial starts by cleaning up the mug with alcohol.
Start by cleaning your mug with rubbing alcohol and a paper towel.
Make sure you remove all dirt and grease from it, so that you get a nice clean surface to work with.
Danita cut some fabric scraps for her DIY kid's art coffee mug tutorial.
Cut your fabric scraps in any design you want. I kept it simple and made stripes to go on the top and bottom parts.
Carefully apply some DecoArt Dishwasher-Safe Decou-Page™ to your kid's art project, just like Danita did for her DIY Tutorial
Apply Dishwasher-Safe Decou-Page™ to the mug and add the fabric. Make sure your fabric is completely soaked and remove the excess working from the center to the sides.

Danita usedtiny fabric scraps for her DIY Coffee Mug tutorialAdd the fabric to the bottom too.

Mid process of Danita's DIY Coffee mug art project
The drawing I wanted to showcase is very small, so I added some more fabric.
Danita's daugther created an adorable tuxedo cat that will be preservedon this super easy DIY tutorial for a coffee mug.
Make sure you get Decou-page in every corner and use the excess to cover the fabric.
Dishwasher-Safe Decou-Page™ is perfect to preserve your kid's drawing, just like Danita did in her DIY super easy tutorial.
I added two stripes of fabric to the sides of the cat and put some Decou-page on the drawing to make it easier to handle while positioning and gluing it to the mug.
Danita's daughter was super happy to see her art preserved with Dishwasher-Safe Decou-Page™. Want one? Just follow the instructions of this amazing DIY Tutorial.
Put your drawing in place and add more Decou-page on top. 
Let it dry for about 2 hours and give it another coat, wait for about 2 or 3 hours and then give it a last coat, making sure there is no fabric or paper not soaked by the glue.
Now all you have to do is wait for 14 days for it to fully cure and you will have a coffee mug ready to enjoy for years to come. 
My daughter got so excited to see her artwork in my mug!
It was so easy that I got carried away and made another one.
Alice in wonderland will take the center stage on Danita's morning coffee with this easy DIY Tutorial using DecoArt Dishwasher-Safe Decou-Page™
This time I used paper from an old book and some Alice In Wonderland cards I had.
You can achieve mazing results when you use DecoArt Dishwasher-Safe Decou-Page™, just like Danita Art did on this simple DIY project tutorial.
In this one I even covered the handle.
Alice in Wonderland will keep Danita's coffee warm and tasty when she completes the DIY Tutorial with the help of DecoArt Dishwasher-Safe Decou-Page™
And here's the final result.
I can't wait to go to the dollar store and buy more mugs. I have to try this technique with some of my work. Maybe a big sugar or flour container? I'll share it with you when I make it.

7 comments

  • Will try it and will keep you posted. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

    Martha
  • I’m so glad you’re enjoying it! Can’t wait to see what you do.
    Martha, the mug is still looking good! Give it a try :)

    Danita
  • Your work looks fantastic! thanks so much for sharing.
    Curious how does the mugs look now?
    Just want to know how effective is the product.

    Martha

    Martha
  • This is so interesting! I love it! Both came out so well.

    Lauren Sueyoshi
  • Awesome suggestion! My mind is flipping with ideas to share with grandkids! ?

    Judy K

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