Do you remember jawbreakers? You know… the big ones with the “paint” splatter design? I used to love those! Apparently, my husband did too because he enlisted my help to customize an enamel mug with a similar design. I was more than happy to assist!
I was quite excited about this project and wanted it to look just like the candy designs. However, once we got started, we realized we wanted less puddles and more lines, so we changed direction a bit. You’ll see the difference in the images below. It turned out great too! I’d like to try this with some other glassware. Let me know if you have any ideas!
The process was easy and quick, except the drying time. That takes a while. Overall, we spent less than $20 in supplies because the mug was a gift (thanks, Vic). Not too shabby!
Want to make your own? Keep reading!
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Paint Splatter Mug Supplies
- Rubbing alcohol
- enamel mug
- cardboard box
- paintbrushes (thin & thick brushes)
- Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Satin paint (in red, blue, and yellow)
- You don’t have to use Martha Stewart paint, but I highly recommend it! It works so well and I’ve never had problems with it like I’ve had with some other brands.
- Make sure you use paint that is safe for glass.
Step 1: clean the mug
I don’t have pictures of this because it’s self explanatory. Using a cloth or cotton ball and rubbing alcohol to clean your mug. It’s important to get all of the dirt off and let it dry completely before painting and customizing.
Step 2: paint your mug
place your mug open-side down in a box with high sides. You don’t want to get paint all over the places and this can be a messy process. If you can work outside, that is ideal. If not, make sure it’s in a space you can clean up easily or don’t care about.
Now, dip your paint brush in the paint and splatter! Do this however is most comfortable for you. You can hold the brush like in the first picture with force against the brush. When you let it go the paint goes everywhere. Or you can just fling the brush and let the paint find the mug. Your call.
You don’t have to wait for the paint to dry to start on the next color.
Step 3: let it dry
As you can see, we made some smudges so there were some puddles and some splatters. I’m a big fan of texture, obviously.
When you’re finished, let it sit there for 24 hours to dry completely.
Step 4: cure the paint
According to Martha Stewart’s directions:
Paint is permanent after air-drying for 21 days for most surfaces. But, if you want to use it sooner, cure the mug in the oven:
- Place your mug in a cool oven, as the glass must heat gradually with the oven to avoid breakage; do not
- place glass in a hot oven.
- Set oven temperature to 350ºF.
- Once the temperature has reached 350ºF, allow the mug to bake for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, turn the oven off and let the mug cool down completely before removing it from the oven.
- Do not use your mug for 72 hours.
That’s it! Now all you have left to do is enjoy your creation!