DIY Bridesmaid Travel Mug Gifts with Kate Aspen

Monday, October 28, 2019 Williamsburg, Virginia

Once the weather changed into cooler temperatures, we instantly channeled all things hygge -- hot cozy drinks included! In continued partnership with our pals at Kate Aspen, we were so excited to see their new blank DIY products specifically for the crafty brides or grooms out there! While they have so many great personalized goodies for the wedding day, sometimes we also just want to give our own special touch when giving gifts to our wedding party. It's the best of both worlds!

With some porcelain paint, paintbrushes, and Kate Aspen's gorgeous ceramic travel mugs, we dreamed up a fun and easy way to say thank you with lots of love to your wedding day besties. So grab those mugs and your fave caffeine, and let's get painting!

How to paint beautiful travel mugs for your wedding party with porcelain paint

How to Make Anthropologie-Inspired Painted Travel Mugs


Difficulty Level: Easy
Color Inspiration: Green, teal blue, and gold


PROJECT MATERIALS
Blank ceramic travel mugs from Kate Aspen
• Porcelain paint (in Metallic Gold, Petrol, and Mint)
Paintbrushes of various sizes
• Scrap paper for painting practice
Wax paper

NOTES ABOUT PORCELAIN PAINT
Made in Germany, we use a high quality paint brand called Marabu, and the best part about this kind of porcelain paint is that it doesn't need to be fired or cured once painted. Literally just paint, let it dry, and it's done! After 3 days of drying, the paint is also dishwasher safe and non-toxic which also means it's food safe grade. Basically easiest art project turned wedding gift ever!

Materials for making personalized travel mugs for your wedding party

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Set out all of your materials and thoroughly wash your travel mugs from Kate Aspen to clean your painting surfaces. Completely dry your mugs and lay down 2 sheets of wax paper to protect your surfaces and to use as a paint palette.

2. Find some painting design inspiration for reference and keep it nearby. If you are not experienced with painting, that's okay! You are creating abstract textures on your mugs for your wedding party, not the very intricate Mona Lisa! Do practice strokes on your scrap paper before painting on your mugs to decide on your design.

How to paint on ceramic travel coffee mugs from Kate Aspen for unique bridesmaid gift
How to paint an Anthropologie inspired travel mug for a beautiful unique gift

PAINTING TIPS:
If you're new to painting, there are a lot of beautiful ways to use a paintbrush! Consider the amount of pressure you give to your surface. This can give you different textures and darknesses on your travel mug. To make lighter/thinner colors, wipe off your paintbrush on your scrap paper until there's only a little paint left on your brush. Water cannot be mixed with porcelain paint (or it'll ruin the chemistry), so you have to get creative with the paint as it is!

How to paint beautiful travel mugs for your wedding party with porcelain paint
Tips for using porcelain paint to DIY your own wedding travel mugs from Kate Aspen
How to paint beautiful travel mugs for your wedding party with porcelain paint

3. Stir (don't shake) your porcelain paint and pour a tiny amount onto your wax paper. With various sized brushes, create your design on the outside of your mug. If painting in layers, allow each layer to dry before adding. Paint is completely dry to the touch after about 30 minutes.

HELPFUL TIPS:
It's recommended to avoid painting the drinking rim of your travel mug since teeth can damage your design over time. It's food safe paint, but if you're painting a non-abstract design, it's something to consider. Also, to help avoid touching your wet paint, put your hand inside of your mug and rotate. Insta-clean surface!

Tips for using porcelain paint to DIY your own wedding travel mugs from Kate Aspen
Gorgeous handmade DIY painted travel mugs from Kate Aspen for bridesmaid and groomsman gifts
Blank DIY ceramic travel mugs from Kate Aspen

4. Allow for your mugs to dry for 3 days before dishwashing and gifting!

FUN FACT: Did you know Kate Aspen has a bunch of gorgeous blank products for you to create special DIY gifts? From these travel mugs to glass coasters to petite square favor jars, there are so many ways to get creative for your wedding day and inspiration abounds. We're especially obsessed with the gold bottle openers for adding to gift bags!


Beautiful DIY painted ceramic travel mugs for your wedding party using gold porcelain paint
Gorgeous handmade DIY painted travel mugs from Kate Aspen for bridesmaid and groomsman gifts

Curate a Lovely Hygge-Inspired Wedding Party Gift


To create a super cozy handmade gift experience for your bridesmaids or groomsmen, consider pairing your travel mugs with other thoughtful goodies. Personalize to what your BFFs would prefer!

Some of our favorite gift ideas to include with your travel mugs:
"With Love" goodie bags from Kate Aspen
• Tea
• Coffee pods
Honey sticks
• Hot chocolate packets
Chic knitted mug cozy
• Macarons for tea
Biscotti for coffee
Gourmet marshmallows for hot chocolate
• Thank you card

To help everything look professionally cohesive, go with a gift wrapping color theme that matches the mug's paint colors or your wedding colors. Ribbon and reusable gift bags always make things lovely!

Gorgeous handmade DIY painted travel mugs from Kate Aspen for bridesmaid and groomsman gifts
How to paint beautiful travel mugs for your wedding party with porcelain paint
Adorable aqua watercolor inspired paper favor bags from Kate Aspen
Gorgeous handmade DIY painted travel mugs from Kate Aspen for bridesmaid and groomsman gifts


TUTORIAL CREDITS
Tutorial Photography & Styling: Chelsea LaVere | DIY Blank Travel Mugs: Kate Aspen | Inspiration Photo: Anthropologie


Many thanks to Kate Aspen for partnering with Tidewater and Tulle for this DIY tutorial feature! And while the disclaimer is that we were compensated to write and design this, the words and our loyal love for the Cricut brand are all our own. Some of the above product links are affiliate-linked and purchasing through these links helps support our wonderful sponsors and Tidewater and Tulle! You can find our full affiliate disclosure policy here on Tidewater and Tulle.

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