Ok. Guys. While I was in Australia, I found this awesome shop that is all over down under called Typo. They had all kinds of cheeky merchandise, and it was very hard to not buy up everything in their store. They had a ton of stuff for cat lovers, and I grabbed a ton of things for my bestie. But I really wanted a mug with something sparkly, shiny and fun for her- so I used one of the sayings I found and made her this incredibly easy, quick, and fun mug! And yea… it’s a bit humorous- just like us! This Dishwasher Safe Easy DIY Kitty Mug is sure to get a good laugh from your feline loving friends- and it’s seriously SO easy to make.
Plus, I’m showing an incredibly unique way to mug a vinyl mug dishwasher safe. It’s not what you think- we’re going to use Iron On Vinyl!
Yep! We’re ironing vinyl. Onto a mug.
I haven’t lost my mind -I promise.
Ironing vinyl onto a mug actually makes it sit flat and stay put- even through the dishwasher!
To make these, we’ll need:
A microwave and dishwasher safe mug – if it says oven safe, thats even better
a glue stick
or an x-acto knife and template
I grabbed all these supplies at JoAnns Fabric and Crafts- their Cricut aisle is awesome and full of ideas. You can also order directly from Cricut!
First, I cut out the letters in Cricut Design Space with my cricut Explore. Follow the package instructions to find the proper heat setting- but keep it around a cotton heat setting on your iron.
We’ll then prep our mug by making sure it is thoroughly clean with rubbing alcohol. Let dry.
Next, we need to secure our letters onto the mug. Since iron on vinyl isn’t naturally sticky, we need to adhere it gently so we can actually iron it on with precision. If you’re using a big image (like the cat) no need to pre-adhere it- just go ahead and iron on. Because the letters are small and move easily, you need something to just give them grab to stay in place for the time being.
Simply dab a TINY amount of glue stick onto the back of the letters and arrange them on the mug. You don’t want much glue because you don’t want it to bloop out when you iron- but enough so it sticks. Let fully dry- about 10 minutes.
Next, heat up your iron to the settings specified on your vinyl. I like to keep a hand towel nearby in case the mug heats up a lot- so you can hold it without burning your hands.
Iron over the letters carefully- be sure not to burn your hands! Since glass heats up, we don’t want to overdo it with the iron. I go for about 10-20 seconds, check if everything is sticking down and let cool a bit, then go over the letters again until everything looks nicely adhered. Repeat until you’ve gone over all letters and they are firm to the mug.
If you are using colored vinyl, you might want to lay a very thin towel over the iron to prevent it from sticking to the vinyl or the color coming off on it (especially if this is an iron you use on your clothes!!)
Check to see you ironed each area enough and vinyl is secure.
Let “cure” overnight.
This will adhere the vinyl to the glass enough to go through the dishwasher- but I still chose to hand wash mine to keep it going longer. If you’d like to remove the vinyl, you can use a cricut spatula to peel it off and remove any reside with rubbing alcohol.
Enjoy- and if you’re in need of a Cricut, be sure to use this code to Get free shipping with code: FREESHIP35!