DIY: Chalkboard Mug

Naturally when I discovered porcelain chalkboard paint I had to grab some. The inventor must be some kind of genius. Now I have the most amusing coffee mug ever, and you can have one too. This is a much easier version of the hand painted mug project—no drawing or painting skills required!

you’ll need:
a porcelain mug (mine is from CB2)
painter’s tape
Pebeo Porcelaine 150 Chalkboard Paint (available at Dick Blick or Amazon)
(Don’t use regular chalkboard paint. This only works with porcelain paint.)
a soft bristle paint brush (a watercolor brush works well)

how to:
1. Make sure your mug is clean and dry.
2. Use painter’s tape to mask off the part of the mug you don’t want to paint, 0r you could skip this step and paint the whole mug. Personally, I think it looks snazzy only partially painted.
3. Apply the paint with a soft bristle brush. If you mess up just wipe the paint away with a wet paper towel and try again. Please note that this particular porcelain paint says it’s not recommended for surfaces that come in contact with food. (Although it’s water based and nontoxic, so I don’t understand what the problem would be.)
4. As soon as you are done painting carefully remove the tape. If you remove it before the paint dries, the tape will be less likely to peel up the edges of the paint.

DIY chalkboard mug

4. Let the paint dry for 24 hours. Then, bake your mug for 35 minutes at 300 F.* After baking turn off the oven and leave the mug inside until it has gradually cooled to room temperature. After you bake it the paint is dishwasher and microwave safe.
5. I recommend chalking up your mug before you fill it with a hot beverage. (I learned this the hard way!)

*If baking instructions are not printed on your paint bottle, you are probably not using the right paint. Please do not bake regular chalkboard paint—who knows what kind of crazy fumes that would release into your home—you should only bake the specific porcelain paint this tutorial calls for.

DIY chalkboard mug

(Check out that extra large marshmallow floating in my hot chocolate. Oh yeah!)


  1. Jenni

    This is so wonderful!! I’m about to order the porcelain paint, but I’m wondering about how many mugs you think I can make out of 1 jar or paint? (painting them half way up just as you did)

  2. Tatiana

    When you mean bake the mug…like what temp and for how long? I’m not really familiar with baking or cooking. (And do you mean a regular kitchen oven?)

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Baking instructions are on the paint container, and you just use your regular oven. I think it was 300 degrees F for 30 minutes or so.

  3. Anna

    I think this is a great idea! I’m going to do this as part of my secret santa gift but instead of buying the chalkboard paint you can just make it! Wayyyyyy cheaper!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I know you can make your own regular chalkboard paint, but I’m pretty sure you can’t make your own porcelain chalkboard paint that is microwave and dishwasher safe. Unless you know something I don’t, in which case please share! :)

    2. Denise W.

      I haven’t tried it, but another blogger made her own bake-on chalkboard paint by using bake-on enamel acrylic paint as the paint base (which you mix with the grout). It looked like a brand carried in craft stores. BUT as you say, I don’t know if it would be microwave or dishwasher safe. One of the benefits would be that you could change up the color.

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Baking is what makes the porcelain paint permanent. If you don’t bake it the paint scratches right off.

  4. Ashley

    This is such a wonderful and clever idea! Though it is porcelain chalkboard paint, do you know if it would work with stoneware and ceramic mugs? (I don’t even know if there is a difference)

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I believe so. Dick Blick’s website says “These exceptional water-based paints can be applied to any heat-stable surface —porcelain, crockery, terra-cotta, metals, ceramics, glass, etc.”

    2. Allyson

      Do I put the mug in when the oven reaches 300 degrees or do I put the mug in as soon as I start the oven? Thanks!

  5. cyan

    I think the reason for the warning against it coming in contact with food is because the blackboard paint is a bit porous, and so it may absorb things a bit and harbour germs. Maybe. There shouldn’t be a problem though, seeing as you aren’t drinking off that surface.

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Oh yeah, that makes sense. I’m working on another project that will require food to come in contact with the paint, but I figure it won’t kill me. :)

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I’m not really a mug baking expert, but I didn’t have any problems with my porcelain mug. :)

    1. Anthony

      I checked the other day and Michael’s doesn’t offer this in their stores, nor does Joann’s though they do carry some alternatives. However, I don’t believe either carry a porcelain version that you bake to make permanent like the Pebeo used here. :(

  6. Fii

    This is such a great idea. I am so about to mosey on over to CB2 and Dick and Blick to get the supplies!

    I think its okay to paint the outside surface of the mug because that’s not coming into contact with food. Now id you were to paint the inside of the mug, that would be a different story. I think that’s what they mean.

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I rinsed my mug under the faucet before putting it in the dishwasher and all the chalk came off with just a quick rinse, so I assume it would have come off in the dishwasher.

  7. Kelvy0

    I would really like to make these as Xmas gifts. I am wondering if you used a cup that is “oven-safe” or not. I don’t want to mess it up! :)

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Nope, I just picked a mug and went with it. I’m not sure if it was specifically oven safe or not.

  8. Rose

    I just did this myself! I actually got some chalkboard paint from Walmart, of all places. The mug as well. It seemed to work out just fine, including putting it in the oven, which I was nervous about. :) Thanks for this nifty idea!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Wow, I’m surprised that you were able to find Pebeo porcelaine paint at Walmart.

  9. Tracey

    Love this idea and makes a fabulous teacher gift! A bit too late for Christmas as my Kindergartener is out for Christmas but will have to remember it for a end of the year gift for his teachers.


  10. bake sale betty

    I saw the chalk board mugs that starbucks was selling and thought it was a great idea, but didn’t like the shape of the mug, I’m so glad I found this tutorial, now I can make as many as I like and don’t have to pay $13 or whatever Starbucks was asking! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Kathy

    Question:How did you rub of the chalk?

    BtW this is great and I am so going to use it as a christmas prezzie! Thanks so much for this great Idea!

  12. chris

    So i found this post a little too late. I want to give these out tomorrow night as party favors, i have everything i need but do i really need to wait 24hrs??? Or will overnight suffice?

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I really can’t say if not allowing the full 24 hours to dry will make a difference or not. That’s just what the paint bottle said to do, so I did it. :) Let us know how it turns out if you decide to bake it early!

  13. Lauren

    Hi! I’m doing this for my mother, but I accidentally purchased “Anthracite Black” instead of “Chalkboard Black” and Chalkboard is out of stock ): Would Anthracite work aswell? Thank you so much! <3

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Thanks Gaby. I took them with a Canon Digital Rebel XT and a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens.

  14. Eddie Mo

    The paint is in very high demand!! for people who want to make this heres a tip: GET IT AHEAD OF TIME. the next time there will be this paint is 2/24 :P so remember!!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Regular chalkboard paint won’t work for this project. I linked to two websites above in the post where you can purchase the porcelain chalkboard paint, but unfortunately they have sold out. If you have a Dick Blick store nearby you could try checking there.

  15. Melissa

    Amanda, I tried this but my paint was really bubbly and my mug turned out bumpy. Do you have any tips on how to keep the paint smooth? thank you!!!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      If I applied a stroke of paint that was really bubbly I very slowly went over it a few times with the brush to smooth out the bubbles. Even with the smoothing I still had a few bumps in the end. Are you using a really soft brush? I think a stiff brush might cause more bubbles. Hopefully that helps!

  16. MB

    I’m trying to buy these items but I can’t order them from as I’m in Canada. Does anyone know a solution for this or a retailer in Canada that would sell the porcelain paint particularly?

    I can find a mug here, and it looks like the mug website will ship in Canada.

    1. Janette

      As long as you put the mug in the over BEFORE turning the oven on you should be fine. If you put a room temperature mug in a hot oven then you increase the chance of it shattering.

  17. Renee

    I really do love this idea…trying to come up with ideas for my granddaughter & I to do together. This just may be one she will like. Thanks for sharing..already thinking of things to do with it.

  18. Sally

    Re lettering: Tape two pencils, markers, etc together. Hold at 45 degree angle & start writing. This will give you the thick & thin lines in calligraphy. Fill in thick areas. Good luck!

  19. Samantha

    i absolutely love this.. going try this asap but with a bigger cup. going try Michaels or Jo-Ann hopefully they have it dont buy anything online..

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      You can wash the chalk off and write new things—just like a regular chalkboard.

  20. Emily

    Any idea how many mugs (roughly) you can get out of a bottle that size? I’m trying to figure out the cost-effectiveness of doing this as gifts. Thanks!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I would guess you could do at least 10 mugs (half painted like I did) with one bottle of paint.

    2. Stacey

      I have been painting glass and tea sets for almost 2 years and one bottle of paint goes a very long way. You would be surprised. I have done about 5 sets (4 per set) of claret glasses, the entire bases covered in paint plus a variety of decorations (I have done sports teams, ladybugs, dragonflies, etc). I will link the bee glasses I painted and you can see just how much paint is used (I did about 3 or 4 layers on the bases to make sure it was opaque). After one set, just a small fraction of paint was gone from the bottle. this is the link so you can see:
      Happy painting!

  21. Tracy

    I really love your idea of creating a chalkboard mug and I’d rather have a try myself. Even if I haven’t try making DIY things, this seems easy for beginners like me to follow. However, as I’m not living in the US and Amazon doesn’t ship this product outside the US, do you know any other online shops that I can try to get this paint? Thx~

  22. Donna

    Will this work on wine glasses, too? I saw some wine glasses at World Market that had an oval of “blackboard” surface on them,,, but not sure glass can handle the hot oven.

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      The paint container says it works on glass, but I would be concerned about baking a fragile wine glass.

    2. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Oh sweet! Thanks for letting me know Stacey. I’m going to have to try this with wine glasses. It would be perfect for labeling them with people’s names!

  23. Patty

    I loved the idea and as soon as I’ve read your post I ordered this paint!
    Found it here, though:
    Since it was out of stock on the other website
    It arrived yesterday and I just tried it! Can’t wait for it to dry so I can bake it and start writing on it (:
    Loved your website and specially your DIY posts!
    I was glad the paint was rather cheap, because I’m from Brazil and it doesn’t sell it here!

    Have a great day :)

    1. Flora

      Is there a riot near you?? They sell it but for $16 i think. You can search the internet for ‘Riots’ near you but you can make chalkboard paint by mixing grout and paint. if you don’t get me, there are videos on youtube. Hope this helps :)
      I live in Australia too

    2. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Thanks for your comment Flora! The chalkboard paint you make yourself by mixing grout and paint won’t work for this project. This project requires porcelain chalkboard paint, which will be permanent on the mug after it is baked. Regular or homemade chalkboard paint would just scratch right off the mug, and should not be baked.

    3. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Taz, if you google “Pebeo Porcelaine Chalkboard Paint” there are a lot websites where you can purchase it. I’m just not sure which of them will ship internationally. Hopefully you can find some! :)

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Hi Nadia, I just added baking instructions to the end of the post above.

  24. Jazmin

    I will be doing this tonight! I finally have all of my supplies. :-) Question, though! After we do finish baking and decide to put chalk on it, is the chalk able to erase? You said you recommend chalking it up before filling it with a hot beverage and you learned that the “hard way.” What happens if I do it after? Am I able to write on the chalkboard again? I figured yet, but want to be sure before I put something on it that is permanent.

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      The chalk erases just like a normal chalkboard. If you draw on the mug while it is full of hot chocolate you might spill it all over yourself. :)

  25. Jazmin

    Oh. -_- Haha. Ok. :-) I shall attempt to do this now and will update tomorrow on how it worked for me! Thanks for the great craft!

  26. Kevan

    This was such a fun DIY project. I did it for a white elephant gift exchange and they were super popular. I made 4 mugs, about 3 coats each, and it took about 1/3 of the bottle.

    I used retro diner-style mugs from a thrift store, and the effect was amazing.

    HINT: if your mug isn’t a perfect cylinder, it’s REALLY hard to get a straight line with tape. By doing a sloppy taping job (but no folds or air bubbles), and then holding a box cutter utility knife at the right height (held firmly on a stack of books for instance), you can rotate the mug INTO the knife. It gives an almost perfectly straight line. It works just like a can opener.

    The paint can tend to pull off with the tape if you wait too long, so as soon as the paint is dry to the touch, apply the next coat.

    1. Preeti

      Very helpful! Thanks! I literally had the same issue when i realized my mug isn’t a perfect cylinder. I used smaller pieces of tape to get the straight line.

      Also didn’t realize how many layers I had to paint till I started. Did it with 2…but then the paint was to thick in places and you can see drip marks. :(

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      No, I’m afraid you can only use the porcelain specific paint I linked to in the post. Definitely don’t bake regular paint. There’s no telling what kind of fumes that would give off.

  27. Gracie

    Hi, i have recieved my paint but just realised I bought stoneware mugs, will it work with this or ceramic mugs of does it have to be a porcelain mug?
    Im making it for mothers day.

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Dick Blick’s website doesn’t specifically say stoneware will work, but it does say “any slick, non-porous item, including china, porcelain, ceramic, metal, and more”.

    2. Jess

      I was wondering if you ever ended up using stoneware? I was hoping to paint some stoneware mugs, but wanted to make sure the chalkboard paint will work!

  28. pam

    I only got regular chalkboard paint… what’s the problem with that one?
    @ my country they told me that it was ok… but what can you tell me!?
    Is the glaze on the mug a problem for painting?
    Please help me!
    I got everything but it’s just regular paint and isn’t necessary to bake it!!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Regular chalkboard paint will chip and wash off the mug. The porcelain chalkboard paint is permanent after you bake it and will not come off with washing.

  29. Katie

    Hot drink season is never over! At least not in Vancouver. :)

    I’ve made two mugs and they are currently in the oven. I’m praying they don’t explode on me. Looks cute though. I do recommend using mugs with straight sides as the rounded ones I bought proved to be a little tricky with the painters tape. There was some seeping underneath and I had to play tidy up.

    1. Stacey

      when I am taping something off when I am painting glass, I use electrical tape. It works soooo much better than painters tape or masking tape. it gets a great seal against the glass, it can be pulled tight and you can remove it without leaving adhesive behind. Also, for clean up, my exacto knife has become my best friend. you just have to be careful because the blade can slip on the super smooth surface of the glass. I just draw the blade (like a pencil) along the area that I want to remove and then use the tip (gently of course) to lift or scrape the paint from the surface of the glass.

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I just added baking instructions to the end of the post above. :)

  30. Eden L.

    I used the exact same mug and the right Pebeo Porcelain Matt chalk paint but it dries all glossy so drawing with chalk proves to be a bit difficult. Any ideas as to what I’m doing wrong?

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      The only thing I can think of is maybe you didn’t get a thick enough layer of paint on the mug and some of the glossiness of the porcelain is coming through. Do you think that could be the problem?

  31. Erica

    Hi there! I love this idea. Allows the person using the cup to be creative too! Can I ask something – what if a cold drink is poured into the cup, will the condensation on the sides smudge the drawings or even damage the chalkboard material?

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Condensation might smear the chalk drawings, but it definitely won’t damaged the porcelain chalkboard paint.

  32. Leah

    Hi Amanda, I love this idea for a thoughtful gift! I was wondering if a mug with color could be used instead of white porcelain?

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I can’t say for sure since I haven’t tried it, but in theory I think it would work.

  33. Paula Rocha

    Hello Amanda!

    Already tested in three mugs and did not work = /
    I used masking tape, not duct tape. When I removed the tape, the edges were failures. Is it the tape? And not quite understand … Should I wait or dry to remove AFTER shot the tape immediately after painting?!
    I hope you reply soon, I’m eager to paint them correctly!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I would recommend using painters’ tape. You can get it at home improvement stores. It’s masking tape specifically for use when painting to get a clean edge. I like the green tape called FrogTape best.

  34. Katie W

    Hi Amanda,
    I found your site from pinterest. I love your simple blog design and how clean it is. The photography is so nice, too! I’ll have to try this project sometime. I’ve used chalkboard paint on glass, but didn’t know they sold the kind that you can bake on.

  35. Paris

    So I just finished decorating four of these mugs that I intend on presenting as Christmas presents, and it was so much fun! Thanks for the lovely idea. <3

  36. Melody

    So i tried this on my mug and it dries to glossy and after i bake and condition the chalkboard the chalk doesnt write on the mug..what can i be doing wrong? should i primer the chalk board or add another later and rebake?

  37. Catherine

    Hi! So I’m currently looking for a mug to use this paint on. The CB2 cups worked really well right? I’m worried that if I find another type of cup it won’t be okay in the oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

  38. Jenna

    I bought this paint and shipped it to my Minnesota home. When it got here the bottles were cold so I let them warm all day long. Now when I am painting them, the paint isn’t covering very well and is very thick. Is this the way it is supposed to be? Could the cold have ruined the paint? I think Im going to try and let it dry and then add a second coat? your photos make the paint look so smooth and like it is covering very well. Thanks for your help!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Sorry you are having trouble with your paint Jenna! Mine wasn’t very thick, and it went on smoothly. It could be the cold, or maybe you got a bad batch? Perhaps you could contact Dick Blick (assuming that’s where you ordered the paint) and see if they can help you?

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Mine only needed one layer, but if you still see white coming through you could let the first coat dry and then apply a second.

  39. amanda

    i love this idea! But why has no one brough up the issue of your hands smearing what was writen? Wit & Whistle was this a problem for you?

  40. Katharine

    I’ve had a few problems with this DIY. First off I’ve had trouble with the tape (it peels off the paint every time, I’m using painters tape, I’ve tried peeling it off straight away and I’ve also tried taping it in little sections so I can paint a bit and then remove it before moving on, nothing works). So to solve that I’m painting the entire mug. But like others have mentioned, I’m having an issue with the glossiness. One coat is not enough to cover (it’s totally see through) so I’ve had to use multiple coats. Two coats (enough to cover) was still glossy so I tried what you recommended about maybe needing more to cover the glossy but I’m currently at 5 coats and it’s still not matte. I’m using the EXACT paint you used so I don’t see what the problem is? I’ve even tried multiple mugs and it’s always the same. I’d really like to get this working!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I took my tape off while the paint was a little tacky and didn’t have a problem with it peeling the paint up. You could also try scoring along the edge of the tape with an x-acto blade so the tape peels away cleanly. It seems that several people are having problems with the paint staying glossy and not covering the mug. I didn’t have this problem at all with my paint—it covered with a matte finish in just one coat. I’m wondering if there’s a defective batch of paint out there. Perhaps you could contact the retailer you purchased the paint from or Pebeo directly for a replacement? Here’s Pebeo’s contact page:

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I can’t say for certain since I haven’t tried it myself, but in theory they should work!

  41. Elizabeth

    Those are fantastic! A group of friends and I always give each other Christmas presents, and to keep it fair I like to give them all essentially the same thing (last year I bought them all a tiny canvas and easel and painted different pictures for each of them). If I’m going to make eight of these mugs, how much paint do you think I will need?

  42. Jessika

    Thanks for the great idea and tutorial. I, like many others, was having to paint numerous coats to get full coverage and was worried that mine might turn out too glossy. so I did some research and on Pebeo’s website they have a video tutorial that cautioned not to shake the bottle of paint (which I did) but to just stir the paint. They stated that if you shake the paint, it may turn out glossy. I immediately stirred my paint and put on one last coat which seemed thicker, I’m currently waiting for it to dry, but wanted to share my finding.

  43. josee

    Mine came out nice but glossy for some reason. I did follow directions and did not shake. and the paint is the exact same as yours… Oh well. It will be a nice x-mas gift for the kids teachers…with a little bottle of Irish Cream for sure :) Not to be drank at school of

  44. Debby

    Thanks for sharing this great idea! Can you tell me about how many mugs each jar of paint can cover? I’m planning to make about 30 mugs and can’t figure out how much paint to buy. Thanks!

  45. Jessie

    Great idea, thanks :)
    I was able to get two larger mugs painted (half-3/4 of the mug covered) and still have some paint left.

    I had success with the following: Stir the paint, don’t shake it, despite what the bottle says. I tried two different brushes and found that a flat fan brush gave me smooth and even coverage without it getting gloppy. It worked best to pour the paint out onto a plate or plastic lid to dip the fan brush into. Be sure to remove the tape before the paint dries, or it pulls off a bunch of the paint you want to keep. Also found out that if it messes up you can just wipe/wash it off, even if it’s partly dry (i put the whole thing under the tap and scrubbed with a paper towel when I messed up the first time).

    Thanks for the great project!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I’ve seen some Pebeo paints in stores, but I haven’t been able to find their chalkboard porcelain paint anywhere but online.

  46. Mari

    When you said you recommend chalking up your cup before filling it what do you mean by this? Just drawing the design or something else?

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I just meant don’t draw on the mug with chalk after you’ve filled it with liquid because you might spill like I did. :)

  47. Mari

    Also if I wanted to use a sharpie to write a special note on the top half, is it ok to bake it the same time and temp as the chalkboard paint? Making these for my bridesmaids. :)

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I’ve never tried baking sharpie onto ceramics, so I’m afraid I can’t offer any advice with that.

  48. Mari

    So tonight I’m baking the cup and I don’t want it to shatter so should it be in the oven while it’s preheating to get to 300F?

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I didn’t have my mug in the oven while it preheated, but you can do that if you want to.

  49. Shawna

    Okay the cost of that paint is astronomical. You can buy a couple mugs at this price. It angers me that they are ripping you all off!

  50. tracy

    I just painted my mugs today. The trick is to paint your first layer really thin, ans the second layer will complete it smoothly. You should also push very hard on the tape to prevent bleeding. If you completely mess up, run your mug under water, wash the paint off and start over. I found the paint on eBay.


  51. Abbey

    Love this idea! Can I speed up the drying process with a blow dryer? Silly I know but I’m short on time and would rather not wait the 24 he dry time if I don’t have to before baking it.

  52. Cassie

    These are awesome! I want to make some for my neighbors for Christmas. I’m obviously short on time now, so I did some Internet digging to see if there were any other paint possibilities so I wouldn’t have to pay amazon for 2 day shipping. I found on a FAQ page for Martha Stewart craft paints that their chalkboard paint can be cured in the oven also! I plan on trying it out tomorrow, fingers crossed!

  53. Gina

    Love this idea but I can’t paint a straight line! The paint kept bleeding through the painters tape…gggrrrr! Then a crafty friend said use a rubber band. Totally worked I now have a perfectly straight line. Yeah!!

  54. Joy

    Thanks for idea! I’ve been making these as gifts for wedding guests. I have been able to paint 5 dozen mugs and then some with two bottles of the paint.

    Any thoughts on if I paint them on ceramic tiles for coasters and bake, what would be the impact of mugs with hot liquid on the coaster? I thought I’d try a set to go along with the mugs. They look good painted, but I haven’t baked them yet.

  55. amy

    this is just amazing. i’m going to definatly make this but just out of curiosity why CAN’T we use regular chalkboard paint?

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Regular chalkboard paint isn’t made to be baked onto porcelain, so it will just scrape right off. The porcelain paint is permanently bonded to the porcelain after it is baked.

  56. Andrea

    I love this idea so so much, that I’m going to do it for Christmas gifts since this Christmas, money is going to be really tight.
    Once question I can’t seem to find, is do you put it on a cookie sheet then put it in the oven, or do you just put it directly in the oven? I know, super silly question, but I’m just making sure I don’t screw anything up!

  57. Connory

    Hello there!

    Thank you so much for this awesome idea! I’ve been looking for some nice gifts for friends, and this is perfect.

    I finally got my porcelain mugs in the mail today, and I just tested a couple out with the chalkboard paint. However, I’m having a little bit of trouble. The paint looks rather streaky and even has some bubbles in it. I just finished, so it hasn’t had the 24 hours to dry yet – will it smooth out once dried and baked? Or is there something I’m doing incorrectly?

    Any suggestions would be fantastic. Thank you much!


  58. Miki

    Such a good idea!
    One question:
    Can I write on the paint before I bake it?
    I thought it might be a nice surprise when my bf opens the oven to see a mug with a message on it!

  59. Miki

    Also I tried scratching off the paint after it dried and before I baked it to get rid of some mistakes.
    I ended up scratching off the plastic covering off my mug. What effect will that have after I bake it?

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      If you’re using the paint on a ceramic/porcelain mug it shouldn’t have plastic on it that will scratch off. Make sure your mug isn’t plastic or it will melt in the oven!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I wouldn’t recommend using it for this project. Only the specific Pebeo porcelain paint listed above in the post will work for this mug.

  60. Shelley

    I have a large family and most gathering are pot luck. I thought it would be a great idea to use this on the outside of a lasagna or casserole dish but have not seen a comment about bake ware that would be used in the oven again after the paint has cured. Would you know if it would work?

  61. Marie-Michelle Losier

    Great idea! How many regular size mug (half painted like yours) do you think I could get out of one bottle?
    Thank you,

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I’m afraid it has been 4 years since I made this so I couldn’t tell you now. At least 3 or 4 I’d guess?

  62. Mary

    Currently attempting do this… Not sure how you got the tape to go around the cup without having it crooked… :/ xD What is your secret???

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Try applying the tape in short strips instead of one long piece. Then you can continually adjust the angle for each strip to keep it from being crooked.

  63. Sara

    Hi! I love this! I’m planning to make these as Christmas gifts for my family. I tried doing a few mugs to test it out and ran into two issues. Can you help? First, I noticed the paint doesn’t go on as evenly as I’d like. I had lots of brush strokes in the finish. Suggestions? Second, I put chalk on the mugs and put them in gift bags. When I took the mugs out, the chalk completely wiped off. Is there a best brand of chalk for this? Any other suggestions? Thanks!!

  64. Sherrie

    These mugs are awesome!!! Once I saw the size of the bottle of paint, I ordered 2 more……I’ve only done 1 mug so far, and it didn’t seem possible I’d be able to do 10 with the one bottle…..Maybe I’m too heavy handed.

    On another note, my chalkboard paint seems to be crackling after only one hand-washing……Any ideas why that might happen? Also, I purchased paint markers, and that doesn’t seem to wash off the chalkboard paint at all…….Has anyone else had problems with the paint markers or the crackling?


  65. Sara

    Still having issues. There are cracks or streaks after baking and the chalk rubs off so quickly I can’t wrap them. Ideas? Please respond!

  66. Catrin

    Just wondering, will this wear off at all in the dishwasher? or is it fine after everything has been baked on? such a cool idea!!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Mine chipped eventually after going through the dishwasher a bunch of times. It lasted a good while though!

  67. Jeffrey

    So i tried this out but I haven’t painted in a while so it didn’t come out as smooth. Do you know if I can smoothen the paint with fine grit sandpaper? or any other suggestions?


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