Chalkboard Coffee Mugs

A cup of Joe tastes all the more delicious when sipped from this DIY cup designed by The Kitchy Kitchen’s Claire Thomas. The addition of a blackboard surface provides a canvas for a morning message or brunch-worthy motif. Order up! 

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Photography by: Courtesy of Claire Thomas


  • 8 oz white coffee mug with handle
  • ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape
  • 1-2 small-bristle paintbrushes
  • Black chalkboard paint
  • White chalk ink pen
Photography by: Courtesy of Claire Thomas


1. Rip four strips of tape from the roll and stick them onto the mug, forming a large box. 

Photography by: Courtesy of Claire Thomas

2. Dip brush into black paint and color the inside of the box until the area resembles a chalkboard.

Photography by: Courtesy of Claire Thomas

3. Let mug dry for two to three days, so the paint has time to cure. 

Photography by: Courtesy of Claire Thomas

4. Remove tape (don’t fuss over blurred edges). Then take an ink pen and draw a design, like the heart shown here, inside the painted box.

Photography by: Courtesy of Claire Thomas

Tip: These mugs are hand-wash only and cannot be preserved with sealant (it damages the chalkboard paint).

About the Author

Becky Mickel

When it comes to wedding planning, associate editor Becky Mickel's favorite topic is undoubtedly wedding cake. Her favorite flavor and filling? It changes daily, of course. For a taste of her doings, you can find her on Instagram @becky.mickel or in MSW’s edit row, typing away.


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