Surprise your sweetie with a DIY Valentines mug! This project uses permanent vinyl, but you can also learn how I used HTV on wineglasses here.
My daughter just told me that she used to love Valentines Day, but now she hates it. Her school stopped celebrating the holiday and I think it’s a shame. What’s better than a sugar coma?
I remember eating so much candy that I once vomited on the bus after a party. I also remember how much some of the conservation hearts made me cringe with embarrassment.
As an adult, those are now my favorite. So, I made DIY Valentines mugs for my sweetie to celebrate the upcoming holiday.
Keep reading to learn how, plus get your free cut files!
DIY Valentines Mug Using Vinyl
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Cut Your Vinyl for Your Mug
- Open the cut file in Silhouette Studio.
- Choose the files you want and copy and paste them onto a new sheet.
- Size them appropriately. As is, they are sized to roughly 2.5″ square to fit my mugs.
- To minimize confusion, I changed the colors on each heart so that I would know which vinyl to use.
- When you’re happy with the size and placement, click on the SEND panel at the top of the screen.
- Your settings for vinyl will be 2, 8 speed, 9 thickness instead of a preset.
- Apply a 3″ square piece of vinyl to your mat, placed in a spot where it lines up with your design placement on the screen.
- Load the mat.
- When you’re ready for it to cut, press the send tab and press START.
- When the vinyl is finished being cut, unload the vinyl.
- Weed the excess away, leaving the heart with the cut out letters.
Using Vinyl on Mugs
- Use rubbing alcohol to wipe your mugs down. This removes any oil from your hands that keeps the vinyl from properly adhering.
- Apply a piece of transfer paper to the vinyl.
- Rub it so that the vinyl sticks to the transfer paper.
- Peel the backing from the vinyl, leaving the design on the transfer tape.
- Place the design onto your mug along the center first.
- Press it down, working your way out from the center until the vinyl is firmly secured to the mug.
- Finally, remove the transfer tape.
- If you have any small wrinkles, you can normally smooth them out with your fingers.
Care for Your Vinyl Mugs
For best results, let your mugs sit for a day or 2 before use. This allows the vinyl plenty of time to adhere to the mug.
Even permanent vinyl needs special care.
- Hand wash
- Not dishwasher safe
- Not microwave safe
- Don’t soak in water