DIY Gift: Chalkboard Mug

A hand painted chalkboard mug is a great gift for anyone. Fill it with an assortment of loose teas and an infuser, or some coffee beans and biscotti. Personally I’d want my chalkboard mug gift to include cocoa, since I can’t get enough chocolate around the holidays (or the rest of the year for that matter).

Follow this DIY Chalkboard Mug tutorial to make your own mug with Pebeo’s porcelain paint.

DIY Gift Chalkboard Mug

Don’t forget to include some chalk with your mug gift. I’m loving this box from West Elm.

DIY Gift Chalkboard Mug

Whip up some homemade marshmallows with this Smitten Kitchen recipe, or buy these caramel marshmallows from Whimsy & Spice.

DIY Gift Chalkboard Mug

For cocoa mix, I’d include this Silly Cow Farms hot chocolate from Mignon Kitchen Co.

DIY Gift Chalkboard Mug

Wrap it all up in a cute gift box, and top it off with a festive candy cane or two!


  1. Hannah

    I tried this using the same mug and paint and I had to put so many layers on to get it to be opaque that it got a little clumpy and the mug wasn’t smooth anymore. Do you have any tips for getting good coverage without lumps?

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Use a really soft bristled brush—like a watercolor brush. That way the bristles don’t leave lumps and you get heavier coverage with each stroke than with stiff bristles. Even still my paint wasn’t perfect, there are a few lumps here and there. :)

  2. Kait Boal

    What a great idea! I wonder if you could do something similar for regular drinking cups around the house. It would be nice to be able to chalk your name so you don’t end up washing more cups than necessary!

  3. Gina Coll

    This is such a good idea! i mean taking care of all the details, the chalkboard mugs, the cocoa bottle… Love your blog it’s so inspiring:)
    xo! and thank you for the idea!

  4. Sathya

    Hello, I saw that delicous Silly Cow Farms hot chocolate. And I checked out that webby you posted, but it seems that they don’t sell it anymore. Do you know if I can find it somewhere else. On a sidenote, I am from the Netherlands, so is it even possible to ship this delicious looking chocolate milk? Thanks on advance, I love your creativity!

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