DIY Gold Polka Dot Mugs {& Apple Cider Recipe}

DIY Gold Polka Dot Mug

H i friends, Michaela here again sharing a Fall DIY project. Like Melissa, I’m head-over-heels for anything Fall. I’m especially excited to get out my boots, sweaters, and puffy jackets for the new crisp weather!

DIY polka dot tea cups

One of my favorite things to do in this season is light some delicious smelling candles and cozy up with a cup of tea, cider or hot cocoa on the sofa. Whether I’m reading, blogging or watching a movie, having a warm cup of something soothes the soul.  If the tea cup I was drinking my yummy goodness from had gold polka dots on it, it’d just be an added bonus!

So, let’s do just that today.

how to paint a mug


White mugs (I got mine from Target), Martha Stewart Crafts glass paint, circular sponge brushes, oven.


Clean your cup and saucer.

Stamp on your polka dots.

Cook your cup and saucer in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees on the top rack.

Let sit for 24 hours, then wash in the dishwasher.

how to paint a mug with gold polka dots

How to paint a mug with polka dots

hot apple cider recipe

diy hot cider recipe

I could see these Kate-Spade-inspired mugs being used as hostess or birthday gifts or a fun DIY project for kids (or adults!) on a rainy day.  Of course the paint comes in a variety of colors, so your options are endless. I’m still on the gold kick :) Who’s with me?

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If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to test out your cute new tea cup immediately after it’s done.

Try a simple apple cider recipe, like the one I used above!

Apple Cider Recipe:

Heat Martinelli’s apple juice (or your favorite brand) over the stove. Snap two cinnamon sticks in half and throw it in your pot to flavor the cider. Sprinkle in some allspice, a few cloves, and an orange peel cut into strips. Once hot, pour into your new mug and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

how to paint a mug with gold polka dots

31 days of falling for fall series

Enjoy & Happy October!

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  1. I love this idea! I’m totally going to try it…maybe for Christmas presents for the neighbors.

  2. Love these!! I will definitely be trying this.

  3. I love this idea! I needed to find just the right craft for a girlfriend get-together – this is what we are going to do! Thanks for sharing it today.
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  4. So adorable! I need to make some of these for the office…
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  5. So fun to make! Always a pleasure to create something for The Inspired Room readers :)) xoxo

  6. We love this idea! DIY that is practical and what a great gift idea!

  7. Cute, cute! I really need to get my craft on…

  8. Great idea – and great look. I love the gold, too. Thank you for sharing.
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  9. Wonderful idea! Isn’t funny about the gold kick. I didn’t even realize I was on it until my husband said something to me. Gold to me feels warm to me..

  10. Girl I ADORE this. Just pinned it :)

  11. Such a simple, pretty idea. Thanks for sharing!
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  12. Perfect idea for me right now! Love hot cider…sometimes I put in 1/2 cup of red hots to make it fun.

    Love the mug…next on my list to do.
    Happy Day
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