I love Anthropologie and I love their dishware (I use them a lot as props for my food photos). This DIY was very much inspired by these Anthropologie Monogram mugs. While I realize that my DIY is not exactly like Anthro’s, it is inspired by the letter part on a white mug. This Anthropologie Inspired DIY mug was relatively easy to make but you will need a bit of a steady hand at the end. I am excited to show you how to make it so let’s get started!
Step 1: What you will need to make these Anthropologie Inspired DIY mugs
Gloves, mugs (as many as you would like to make), exacto knife, foam brushes, multi surface acrylic craft paint (any color you want), printed letters (any font you like), tape, cutting board, scissors and wax paper.
Step 2: Acquire the letters you want to use
For this project I found a cool font called “Great Vibes” from 1001 Free Fonts. I printed the letters I wanted in a size that I felt would be appropriate for each mug. For the letter “a” I made it 200 in size and for letter “k” I made it 170 in size. I do want to note that I use Libre Office so the font size may vary a bit for Microsoft Office users.
Step 3: Cut out each letter and place either double sided sticky tape or loop the tape so it becomes sticky on both sides and place it in the back of the letter
To loop the tape you cut a piece off the roll and bring both ends together slightly overlapping one over the other so it sticks (sticky side should be facing out). Stick that piece on the back of the letter. Add tape to the back of each letter making sure that most of the letter is covered in the back. This will help to prevent globs of paint from oosing under the letter when you paint over it and it will also keep the letter in place.
Step 4: Clean your mug, stick the letter on it and place a dab of paint on wax paper
I cleaned my mug thoroughly with hot water and dish soap so that any oil and dirt would not affect the adhering process of the paint. I recommend wearing dish gloves when washing the mug and then drying it with a clean dishcloth (making sure not to touch the mug with your hands). I am right handed and normally hold my mugs with my right hand so I made this design based on that. If you are left handed simply repeat the same process with your left hand in mind. I wanted the letter to face away from the person drinking from the mug so what I did was place the letter on the opposite side of the mug (the side that faces away from the drinker). I didn’t do any measurements when placing the letter on the mug, I simply eyeballed to make sure that it looked centered. I admit I am terrible at measuring anything. I usually “eyeball” things without measuring…
Step 5: Paint!
With the foam brush you are going to start your brush strokes from the paper and move out. Be gentle, your brush strokes should measure about 1/2 to 1/4 of an inch long. I also found that it was easier to paint with one corner of the brush vs. the whole thing. Since this is a creative project, they don’t have to be exactly that length – make it yours 🙂
Allow the first coat to dry for about 30 minutes to 1 hour (or whatever is directed on the bottle) before applying the second coat. Once the second coat is applied, allow the mug to dry for 2-4 hours before removing the paper letter.
Step 6: Clean up the edges with an exacto knife
When its time to remove the paper letters off of the mugs, do it carefully. You may need to use your knife to cut the paper off the mug in certain areas (otherwise you will pull the paint right off your design and ruin it). Once you have removed the letter, with your exacto knife and a steady hand, you will want to clean up the edges that make the letter. You know how the color white is was makes the letter? Those are the edges you want to clean up and you will do this by scoring the paint with the knife and removing that dried paint with your finger nail. You will do that until you are happy with the letter edges. When I mean clean up the edges, I mean that you are cutting away the splotch marks that may have formed from excess paint getting under the paper making the edges as neat as possible.
Step 7: Let it cure for 30 days
Some paints will provide you with instructions on how to cure the paint using an oven (you may follow those instructions if you wish) or you can cure it by letting it air dry for 30 days (this means you can’t use or wash the mugs during this time).