Stencil Mugs...With Painter's Tape!

Posted by Kaylie on | 2 Comments

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I drink more than my fair share of coffee. I'm also a nerd. What do these two things have in common? Well, very little other than the fact that they drove me to want coffee mugs with math symbols on them...

Now, you probably know that all sorts of companies have paint stencils you can use to paint pretty birds and flowers on every surface in your home. However, I have yet to find a stencil set that includes Pi and Psi. If I've lost you with that, let's reel it back in by pointing out that you can make pretty much anything with this technique (with time and patience, which is why Jared did all the hard work in the video!).

Ready, set, PAINT!


  • Mug
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Painters tape
  • Cutting board
  • A print out of the shape you would like on your mug - I suggest a simple shape!
  • Clear tape
  • Exacto knife or box knife
  • Glass or ceramic paint
  • Foam brush


  1. Before you start, make sure your mug is clean by removing any sticky price tags and then rubbing down the surface with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol.
  2. Tear off strips of painters tape and stick them onto the cutting board, making an area large enough for your desired shape.
  3. Affix your shape to the painters tape with clear tape around the edges.
  4. Using your knife, carefully cut out your shape. You probably won’t be pushing hard enough to actually cut it out, but you will perforate it enough to make the shape easily identifiable once you remove your printout.
  5. Remove the printout and finish cutting out your shape.
  6. Remove the painters tape from the cutting board, carefully punch out your shape, and then stick the painters tape to the mug. Be sure to push down the tape as much as possible, to prevent paint from seeping through.
  7. Place some of the glass/ceramic paint into a bowl.
  8. Get a bit of paint on your brush and carefully dab it onto the mug. You may have to do several coats. If you do, leave an hour or so between coats to let the paint dry a bit so your design isn’t super globby.
  9. When you’re finished, very carefully remove the stencil from the mug, being sure not to touch your newly applied paint.
  10. If any paint has seeped under your stencil, use toothpicks to scratch it up.
  11. Let paint dry completely and then bake according to the paints instructions to make it dishwasher safe.

Sure, it's a bit of work. But you'll end up with something super unique and, other than time, it's a cheap project (hellllloooooo, dollar store mugs)!

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  • Gravatar for Kaylie Kipe

    @Pat - I'm sorry to hear it was giving you issues! We did ours long-ways and did not have ripping, though it is quite the careful process. ^_^

    Posted by Kaylie Kipe, 27/04/2016 3:54am (4 years ago)

  • Gravatar for PAT

    Love your masking tape design etc wonder what I'm doing wrong
    As can't get the painter tape right etc does it matter if you put the painters tape length or width wise as I did width wide and when I pull it up carefully it rips
    And I'm using the blue painters tape hope to hear from ya soon
    As want to make for Xmas presents thanks

    Posted by PAT, 23/11/2015 2:20am (4 years ago)

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