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Magical Mugs: How to make a DIY painted unicorn mug

Kate Williams

09 May 2018

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4 minutes

I’ve been a fan of unicorn crafts for years so I’m very happy that the current trend for all things unicorn seems here to stay! This DIY unicorn mug is easy to make and would be a great craft for kids to make at a unicorn party to take home afterwards, or just as a fun craft for kids to do after school or at the weekend. Or you could just make it for yourself, I won’t judge!

What you need to make a DIY Unicorn Mug:

  • White Mug
  • Pencil
  • Ceramic Pens

    A white mug with some coloured ceramic pens ready to make a DIY painted mug

How To Make Your Unicorn Painted Mug:

  1. Before you start making your unicorn mug you need to be sure that your pens are ceramic ones or your unicorn picture won’t stay on your mug! For this craft I’ve used Chalkola pens which are great for drawing on mugs (and painted rocks) but they’re not as durable as some others that I’ve used. The best ones I’ve found over the years are the Pebeo ones which I used with my son on a mug for my dad about five years ago and even with use are still showing the design!

  2. Before you start using your coloured pens on your mug draw out your design in pencil. Unicorns are a bit tricky to draw at first and drawing on a mug is a bit of an unusual surface so this is a great way to make sure that you get your placement is correct - you don’t want to run out of room for your unicorns horn! Another great thing about practicing with pencil first is that it’s really easy to rub off your mug, so if your not happy with the way your unicorns eyes or ears look just give it a little wipe and try again until your picture is perfect.

    A pencil sketch design of a unicorn on a DIY mug

  3. Next cover up your pencil markings using your ceramic pens. The pens will dry but you don’t want to smudge the ink while you’re drawing so start with the bits in the middle and then work further away to give it time to dry. I started with the flowers at the bottom of my unicorn’s horn and then did the eyes and the horn itself last. A gold sparkly pen would be great for your unicorn’s horn too!

    Start to colour your unicorn design on your mug using ceramic pens

  4. Follow the instructions for your specific pens, they may need to be baked to make the design permanent! We also recommend hand-washing rather than popping them in the dishwasher to help make the designs last.

    DIY painted mugs with a unicorn design

More Unicorn Crafts:

Want more unicorn crafts? Of course you do! Let’s start off with this fun unicorn pencil holder from my blog Crafts on Sea.

Next up is this easy unicorn card craft from Messy Little Monster, this would be perfect for kids to make before a birthday party or for particularly cool family members!

Who wouldn’t want to play with a unicorn?! Ok, you might not get to play with the real thing but these sweet unicorn puppets from I Heart Crafty Things are a good second place.

I can’t resist a cute paper plate craft and this over the rainbow unicorn paper plate craft has to be the sweetest one I’ve seen a while - plus the unicorn templates are free to download.

My daughter loves a bit of dressing up and I know she’s be beyond happy if we made these unicorn headbands from Frugal Mom Eh.

Why not explore our blog for even more craft ideas and activities for kids?

A little girl holding a DIY painted mug with a unicorn on




Kate Williams

09 May 2018

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Kate Williams is a mum of two young kids and a blogger at Crafts on Sea where she shares fun but achievable ideas for families. Kate is one of our much loved Trusted Explorers, which means all content has been written exclusively for dayoutwiththekids.co.uk in exchange for a contribution to their family piggy bank. All posts are first hand, honest and based on real experiences.

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