Temporary Tattoo Mug

After a little break in January we are back with our monthly #DIYBlogChallenge. This year we have decided to choose our themes a little differently, each months project will be based around a specific craft supply or item and this month, that is Mod Podge.  I almost had to pull out of this month’s challenge as my first attempt did not go to plan (more on that later) and I’m literally writing this with two hours to go before the posting deadline! But attempt two worked great and I’m happy to share my Temporary Tattoo Mug with you today.

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As always with my projects let’s start off with letting you know what I used to make this Temporary Tattoo Mug I’ve included Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com links for your convenience πŸ™‚ You will need a plain mug (you can do this on any ceramic item though, I want to try it on some plates soon), temporary tattoos (I used the mandela designs but I’ve included some others that I found), glossy Mod Podge, brush or sponge and scissors. You will also need your oven for this project!

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temporary tattoo mug

Step one is to choose your tattoo and work out where you want to place them on your mug. Remember that when you stick them on you will be placing them face down so the image will be facing the other way.

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Once you are decided on your design, peel off the clear backing and stick the tattoos face down onto your mug. 

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Place a wet cloth over the tattoo and leave for a couple of minutes to soak off the backing paper. You should be able to just lift it away, if the tattoo is lifting away too put the wet cloth back on for a little longer.

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When your backing paper is off, leave it for a couple of minutes to make sure it is dry and then paint a thin layer of glossy Mod Podge over the design. Leave the Mod Podge to dry completely and then bake in the oven at 175c/350F for 30 minutes. PLEASE NOTE if you have an electric fan oven you will need to bake it at 20c lower. For my first attempt I forgot to do this so the Mod Podge yellowed in the oven. In my fan oven I baked it at 150c for 30 minutes.

Once it is out of the oven leave it to cool and your mug is ready to use. This mug should only be hand washed, if you put it in the dishwasher the design will some off! I also wouldn’t recommend putting the mug in the microwave as it will soften the mod podge and if you are using a metallic tattoo like mine definitely do not put it in the microwave!!

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As a craft supply I just love Mod Podge for its versatility. I’ve used it previously for my Mod Podge Tealight Holders, Personalised Office Supplies and my Glam Halloween Skulls. There are so many different ways it can be used and I hope you find some more inspiration on how to use it from our other bloggers taking part this month. The links to their projects are listed below the collage so be sure to take a look.

Lianne x

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Cassie Smallwood


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  1. February 13, 2018 / 2:10 pm

    That is so pretty! I love the design you used.

    • Lianne
      February 20, 2018 / 1:26 pm

      Thanks Denise, me too! I’ve got lots of tattoos left over so I’ll be wearing them in the summer!

  2. February 13, 2018 / 3:34 pm

    This came out super cute! I didn’t even realize you could bake Modpoge.

    • Lianne
      February 20, 2018 / 1:25 pm

      Thank you Melinda! This is the first time I’ve tried it πŸ™‚

  3. February 14, 2018 / 3:31 pm

    It turned out so pretty! I had no idea about baking Mod Podge! I’m glad you got it to work out.

    • Lianne
      February 17, 2018 / 1:13 pm

      Thanks Cassie, I had never tried this before either that’s why it went a little wrong with my oven temperature on my first attempt

  4. Bambie
    September 2, 2018 / 9:27 pm

    I was wondering if these mugs with the modge podge baked over the tattoo are microwave safe. Only asking because I had a mug I used in the microwave & the heat made the glaze all sticky. Never used it again. I know you said to hand wash only but was curious about the use of it in the microwave. And I love your choice of tattoo! Beautiful mug! Thanks for any info you can share.

    • Lianne
      September 4, 2018 / 11:09 am

      Hi Bambie, thank you for asking this question, no I wouldn’t recommend using this mug in the microwave. I’ve updated the post to include this information πŸ™‚

  5. January 1, 2021 / 12:52 pm

    Thanks for posting. Just did my first tattoo mug and it came out so much better than I thought. Thanks again!

    • Lianne
      January 7, 2021 / 12:01 pm

      That’s great news πŸ™‚

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