DIY Personalized Painted Snowman Mugs


I love giving and receiving homemade gifts!  In our family everyone knows nothing makes me smile during the holidays more than receiving a ‘made from the heart‘ holiday gift.  Using glass paint is one of my favourite things in gift making.  This is a perfect craft for the entire family to do together. My children have made special gifts for family with glass paint since they had little tiny hands.  Snowman faces are easy to make on mugs because you do not need to be an artist.  Snowman faces are made with coal and carrots and just like snowflakes, no two carrots or lumps of coal are alike.  Perfection is not only not needed but highly discouraged 😉

 We made lots of these this year.  Not only for friends and family but we painted over one hundred of these adorable mugs for our Christmas party for our Sun Life family.  Since making these we saw similar mugs online for sixteen dollars plus tax and shipping a piece.  So doing it yourself is not only fun and personal, it’s a big cost saver.

Materials needed:

  • Martha Stewart Crafts glass paint – Beetle black and tiger lily available at craft stores.  I get mine at Michaels Craft stores.
  • Oven safe mugs or glasses
  • Paper towel or clean rag – to clean up tiny mistakes
  • Cookie sheet – to place mugs on to dry then place in the oven

DSC_5568  Remove any stickers that may be on the mug.  If you have sticker residue use a product like goo gone or acetone on a small piece of paper towel.  Wash in hot soapy water and let dry completely

DSC_5573This project requires not paint brushes as the tips of these paint have a tiny opening perfect for drawing.  You could use a small brush if you wanted to or so that you don’t need to buy more than one of each colour if painting as a family project.  Squeeze a small amount of paint on a paper plate for each person to use with a small brush.DSC_5574I chose Beetle Black and Tiger Lily for my snowman mugDSC_5577Start free handing your design remember if you make a mistake before the paint dries, wipe it away with a clean rag and start again.  Using the Beetle Black paint two eyes, then five small dots for the mouth.  Tiger Lily orange makes for a brightly coloured carrot nose.  Start by making an elongated triangle and then fill in with more paint.  It’s ok, that it looks a little bumpy, real carrots are too.  Set aside and let dry completely.

DSC_5578 DSC_5579 DSC_5580 DSC_5581 DSC_5582 DSC_5583 DSC_5584Once the face side is dry, you may want to personalize as we did shown here below.  I painted each letter of the name slightly off each other in a ‘up and down’ pattern.  This eliminates the need to stress about having each letter aligned.  After writing the letters, place a tiny dot of paint on the ends of each letter for that touch of whimsy

DSC_5755DSC_5588Finished.. Now to let dry completely before baking in the oven.  This paint has a 21 day cure to make it permanent.  To speed up the cure time you can bake the oven proof mugs or glasses in the oven.  To do so you will need to place the mugs on a baking sheet.  Place the cookie sheet with the mugs in the oven and set to 350° and set timer for 30 minutes.  Once finished turn off the oven and allow the mugs to cool in the oven.  Once the oven is cool remove the mugs and they are now hand wash or top rack dishwasher safe.
DSC_5750We made matching gift bags with snowman faces topped with black tissue for the hat, and homemade Chicken Bone Hot Chocolate to go with each gift.


DSC_5749 Getting ready to package up the mugs 🙂 Here’s how I packaged mine.  I cut two sizes of round shapes from sponge (kitchen sponge works great) and a long triangle shape for the nose.  The larger round is for the eyes, the smaller is for the mouth, and the triangle for the carrot shaped nose.  Place a small amount of craft paint on a plate and dab the sponge in the paint.  Tamp off excess and stamp the snowman face on a plain paper gift bag.  Let dry before using.DSC_6031Here is a picture of the mugs at our Christmas party.   A little thank you gift from our family to every one of our Sun Life family in Nova Scotia, Canada.

One thought on “DIY Personalized Painted Snowman Mugs

  1. Wendy M says:

    These are so amazing! I’ve been looking for a way to make some affordable and safe gifts this year. Especially considering the pandemic, I think custom mugs would be the perfect personalized gift, because the gift receivers can also thoroughly wash the gift before using them.


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