Chalkboard Mug DIY

DIY Chalkboard MugI was so excited when I discovered that Pebeo makes a chalkboard paint for porcelain! I couldn't wait to try it, so my first project is this simple chalkboard mug. I am SO happy with how it turned out! It's clean and simple and very versatile. Here are the details: Chalkboard Mug Steps Supplies Needed: A white mug, masking tape, black Pebeo Chalkboard Paint and a paint brush. First, tape around the top of your mug and handle creating a straight line to paint beneath. Paint the entire mug. It will need a few coats. Then remove the tape, as soon as you finish your last coat. When I removed my tape, I had a few imperfections, which I was able to scratch off and touch up with my paint brush. Next, bake your mug at 300°F for 30 minutes. After you have baked it, your paint will be as permanent as baked enamel. It will also be dishwasher safe. For more details and full baking instructions look here. When you finish baking, allow your mug to cool completely and then chalk the entire outside with the side of a piece of chalk and wipe it off. Now you are ready to write on your mug! The surface will be a little bit slicker than a normal chalkboard, but is still writable with regular chalk or a chalk marker. You'll have so much fun making little doodles and labeling your mug! I'm thinking these would make great gifts! DIY Chalkboard Mug *Paint provided by Pebeo.

I can't wait to try more projects with this paint. I think some flower pots will be my next victims! Hope you are having a happy, crafty weekend. xo. Elsie

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  • When you write a message on the mug, is it permanent, or can it be erased and re-written on like a regular chalkboard?

  • That looks so fun! I must try….


  • This is so cool! I’ve heard about chalkboard paint before, it looks like such a good idea, I’d chalkboard paint everything! I think I need to find a big tub of this before christmas…
    Eleanor x

  • I absolutely love the chalk paint, it is so great to use on so many things.


  • Every single thing that involves chalckboards is soo amazing … Still the mug is one of the best chlackiee ideas I`ve seen 🙂

  • What a cute way to leave a person a message in the mroning!

  • I love this! My 10 year old daughter just asked “Does it come with a mini-eraser?” Lol! This will make a great family project:)

  • oh man, this is a great idea and perfect for the holidays! i just might be giving these as gifts…
    only thing is, i vaguely remember seeing it before, and looked it up – it’s from wit and whistle, like the exact same tutorial. might’ve been nice to give her a shout-out for the idea.
    either way, great tutorial!

  • Wow, what a great paint. Haven´t heard of it before. I think of using it on plates, so you could write peoples names on the plate.

  • I’ve always wanted to do this! I’m convinced that chalkboard paint can spice up any surface in your house. And you can never have too many coffee mugs.

  • Love this. I’ve decided I’m making some of the permanent marker coffee cups for people this year for christmas! Thanks for giving us so many awesome DIY ideas!

  • Hi! Just FYI- we have received a few different comments accusing us of “copying” (multiple) different chalkboard mug ideas from other bloggers.
    I can assure you that this project wasn’t a copy, but rather a VERY common, basic and popular trend that we played off of for the idea. I’ve seen lots of chalkboard mugs (commercially available in retail stores) and that is where the idea came from.
    We never intentionally “rip off” another blogger. From time to time there will be overlap in projects because a. this is a trendy idea and b. we don’t read every blog out there.
    I don’t appreciate accusations. Please take the time to consider that this may have been a coincidence before name calling, ok?

    We work really hard to be original. We also work hard to support other bloggers.
    Thanks so much! Elsie

  • Elsie another good post! I’ve already ordered my paint! (so happy because I’ve found it in reasonable price PLUS they send items to Greece at a reasonable price too! So happy!!! I’ve already thought of who the recipients of this idea will be! 🙂 thank you!!!

  • I love mugs. I love chalkboard. I could literally chalk paint everything!! Thanks for this 🙂

  • Such an awsome idea! amazine is loving this! going to get them for the office.

  • What a cute idea! Then you can never get tired of your mugs because you’re always changing them! 😉


  • Great idea, I’ve been thinking about buying some chalkboard paint but it’s really expensive here.. I love how you used it on a mug, very creative.

  • This is such a wonderful idea, I’ve often picked up cans of the chalkboard paint but never buy it because I never know what to paint with it! So thanks 🙂

  • Lovely idea!! My new favorite diy from you guys 🙂

  • This is so cute! I need to get some of this paint. I’m obsessed with chalkboards.

  • Ahhhhh – what an awesome gift idea! Love these soooooo much!

    Stephanie May*

  • I am going to do that for my son’s crockery. He’s going to love it x

  • that is such a lovely DIY!
    hopefully i can find paint like that over here…
    xo, cheyenne

  • What a coincidence! I made a mug just like this last December over on my blog. I have used it weekly since then, and the paint has held up so well—not a single chip. I love Pebeo’s products!

  • Adorable!!! Love reading your blogs. I’ll have to try this soon 🙂

    xo Stephanie @

  • This would be the perfect idea for Christmas gifts! I’m going to keep this in mind…
    Thanks for sharing!

    ~Anna Lee McFadden

  • I am SO doing this!

    Maria xx

  • Cute idea!!!

  • I think that after this tutorial I’m going to start, like, painting everything with chalkboard paint. Such a great idea.

  • I love this idea! This makes me think of so many things for christmas and question, could you use the d.i.y. colored chalk paint in one of your previous posts?

  • Never thought about doing chalkboard on a mug. What a cool idea! Love it.

  • Thanks so much… I tried this with normal chalkboard paint…it peeled, so good to hear there is a different one for porcelain!

  • Totally love this DIY tutorial. I’ve done this with another mug, but not with one with such a clean and simplistic shape! This looks great!

  • Oh this is awesome! Such a good idea! I’m already thinking of different things I could add a chalk board area too!

  • I just created two mugs like this, but I am a little disappointed as the finish is glossy rather than mat, although the paint is supposed to be” mat”. I used two coats of the paint. ” Nice result though.

  • Whaaat? This is way cool! I love this! I’ll definitely be buying some paint soon!
    xo Heather

  • Love! Need to do this:)

  • This is amazing, I think I’ll soon acquire this paint!
    Cannot wait to see the version on flower pot!

  • I love this! I can’t wait to make one!


  • adorable craft! i love that you can use this paint on terra-cotta, perfect for labeling herbs!

  • This is such a great idea! And so fun to write little personal messages on them. xo. Deanna

  • excellent! if i find this paint, i’ll definitely try it. i love the look of your mug.

  • Such a cute idea! Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂


  • I’m definitely trying this one – I love it! Can’t wait to surprise my boyfriend with a good morning message for breakfast 🙂

  • A chalkboard mug is such a cute idea! I hope that a similar paint is available in Europe – would make perfect christmas gifts for my loved ones! 🙂

  • This is such a brilliant idea, and so simple to make! These would make such brilliant Christmas presents!

  • Very cute! I plan on chalkboard painting a wall and some other things in my room, but alas, I’ve no clue where to start.

  • What a cute idea! Too bad the paint comes in such a small container. How much paint did you have to use for your mug?

  • I love this! I think flower pots would be great. Maybe for a little herb garden! You could label them so you know which herb it is 🙂

    xoxo Sarah

  • Wow!! I didn’t realize how simple it really was to make a chalkboard mug. I honestly love chalkboard anything!!

    THanks for sharing this fabulous DIY!

    Cathy Trails

  • Hi this looks like a fun project for the holiday’s. Thanks for sharing. I am curious if the chalk would work in mason jars too.

  • I think it would look better without the pain on the mug handle? The smiley on the cup is cute 🙂 Make me smile looking at it

    Anh @ Fab and Fun

  • This is so cute and I’m definitely going to make some as Christmas gifts 🙂

  • It’s beautiful ! I love this new paint by Pebeo.
    Chalkboard on flower pots should be awesome.

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