Welcome to day 23 of my 25 Days of Craftmas series! Today I’m showing you how to make this super easy Hot Chocolate gift mug. I love making homemade gifts during Christmas. One of my favorite parts is coming up with a cute way to package the gift. I think this mug is a super cute way to give hot chocolate.
With Christmas right around the corner, we always have people stopping by. So, having a cute, inexpensive gift on hand is a must. These Hot Chocolate Gift Mugs are perfect for neighbors, friends, family, and teachers. I can just make a bunch and give them away as people stop by.
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED
- Blank Mug (Dollar Tree always has a great selection)
- Vinyl (I used red)
- Transfer Tape
- Hot Chocolate Supplies
- Electronic cutter (cricut explore, silhouette or other cutter)
- Cut File (available for free in my resource library)
HERE’S WHAT YOU DO
The first thing you’ll need to do is get the free SVG file you’ll use for this project. I keep all the SVG files I use for the projects I make in my SVG Library. These SVG files work with Cricut and Silhouette machines, as well as many others. This library is open to everyone and is free! You can access the library here. Look for the file called Cup of Cheer. It will either be listed under the Christmas category-25 Days of Craftmas 2018 – Day 23.
Start by measuring the blank space of mug. Make your design the size you think will work and print it out on paper. If it’s too big or too small, make adjustments until it fits just right. Once you’ve found the correct size, tape it on to the mug. Use a ruler and measure from the top of the design to the top of the mug. The design I used measured 2″ x 3.5″. The distance measured .75″.
Place a small horizontal line above the design. You’ll want it to be the distance you measured from the top of the design to the top of the mug. So, for me, the horizontal line is .75″ above the top of the design.
Then, cut out and weed the vinyl.
Apply transfer tape and trim to size.
Place a piece of tape over the center of the design.
Trim off a little of the vinyl backing so just the horizontal line is exposed.
Line up the horizontal line with the top of the mug. Make sure the entire line is straight on the mug. Once it’s lined up, use the tape to secure the design in place.
Fold the design over the tape and cut off the backing.
Press that section of vinyl onto the mug.
Pull off the tape and then remove the rest of the transfer tape.
Press the rest of the design into place.
Remove the transfer tape and horizontal line.
Even though Oracal 651 is referred to as permanent vinyl, it can be removed. Sometimes, the heat of the dishwasher combined with the spraying water can cause the vinyl to come off the mug. So, I recommend hand washing these mugs and like to put vinyl on the bottom as a reminder. Then, if I give the mug as a gift, the recipient will know how to care for it.
Fill the mug with hot chocolate mix and mini marshmallows. Tie off with a cute Christmas bow and candy canes.
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Want to make your own? Get the free cut file for this project in the resource library