Welcome to day 8 of my 25 days of Craftmas series.  Today, I’m going to show you how to use Infusible Ink markers and a Cricut Mug Press to make this adorable Christmas mug. Not only is this mug super cute, but it’s also dishwasher and microwave safe! These mugs are great for yourself, but they would also make a great gift for family and friends!
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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 Hand Drawn Ornaments BA2108. It will be listed under the Craftmas 2022 category.


If you’re using Cricut Design Space, you can open a Mug template (which can be found under projects).  If you using another type of machine, you can use the mug temple file included in the zip folder.  The size of the template should be about 10.25″ wide.

Open the design in your software program. Resize it to about 8.3″ wide.  Make sure you change the design to draw instead of cut. You can change the colors of the elements so they can be drawn with different colors of markers. Place the design over the mug template and center from right to left and align it to the top of the template.

Place a piece of copy paper on a light grip cutting mat.  Have your machine draw the design and then cut out the template.

Slightly bend the mat and then carefully pull off the design.



Get out your mug press and start heating it up.  When the start button is solid green, the mug press is ready to go.

Start by cleaning your mug with a linter roller or cloth.

Place the mug upside down on your work surface and then wrap the design around it. The ink side of the design should be facing the mug. Match the straight edge of the paper up with the top of the mug.

Tape it in place with heat-resistant tape. Make sure you don’t place any of the design under the handle.

Use several pieces of tape around the top and bottom to secure the design in place. I tried to place the tape on areas of the paper where there wasn’t any part of the design.

Next, wrap the mug in 3 layers of white butcher paper.

Secure that in place just like you did the design. This step is super important when using infusible ink markers. If you don’t, the markers could bleed and stain the inside of the mug press. This could possibly ruin future projects.


Now, you can place your mug into the mug press.

Close the lever and wait until the machine beeps (which could take about 5-8 minutes).

Once the machine beeps, you can remove the mug by opening the lever and lifting the mug out by the handle.

The mug will be super hot when you take it out, but the handle should be cool. Place the mug on a heat-resistant surface and let it cool for 15-20 minutes before touching it.

When the mug has cooled, you can take off all the layers of paper to reveal your beautiful new mug!

Did you enjoy this project? Make sure to pin it so you can find it later!

Want to make your own? Get the free cut file for this project in the resource library



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