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DIY Photo Mug for Mom

By: Kirsten Jones
Make a DIY photo mug for Mom using her favorite picture and Mod Podge Photo Transfer!
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Skill Level: Beginner


Mod Podge ® Silicone Craft Mat
Item #16289
Protect your work surface with this silicone mat. Glues peels right off of it for easy clean-up!


Mod Podge ® Dishwasher Safe Gloss, 8 oz.
Item #CS15059
Your projects are easier to clean with the new top-rack dishwasher safe formula.


Mod Podge ® Photo Transfer Medium, 8 oz.
Item #CS15067
Create decals or appliqués from any original photo or artwork with Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium. Applies to hard surfaces. Hand-washable on fabric.


Other Supplies
Medium flat paintbrush
White ceramic mug
Rubbing alcohol


  1. Wash and dry mug with soap and water.
  2. Wipe down mug with Rubbing Alcohol and let dry.
  3. Create a decal for your photo following these basic directions:
    1. Make photocopy of desired photograph in desired size.
    2. Trip photo to desired size. 
    3. Brush Medium onto image side of copy. Apply a very thick coat, about 1/8" thick.
    4. Place the paper image-side down on the craft mat and press lightly to flatten out photo. Do not apply so much pressure as to remove medium from under the paper.  Let dry.
    5. Using a damp sponge, remove paper from dry photo decal.
  4. Apply Mod Podge Dishwasher-Safe Medium to back of photo decal. 
  5. Adhere to mug, making sure there are no bubbles under decal. 
  6. Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge over decal on the mug.
    • NOTE: Make sure to apply Mod Podge at least ¾" below the rim of the cup. 
  7. Let mug dry for 24 hours.
  8. Allow mug to cure for 21 days before using in dishwasher.
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