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February 8, 2016

The Perfect Hot Cocoa Mugs

If like us, you’re tucked away in the northeast, then it looks like you’re also in for days of snowfall. Just when it seemed the winter would escape us without leaving its mark, it seems that won’t be so.

To pass the time during any upcoming storms, consider this cozy activity: customizing your own drinking mug. Whichever your drink of choice – hot cocoa, tea, or coffee – get to sippin’ it from a mug with artwork from your own hand.


  • Oil-based Sharpie markers. Any office supply place should carry them.
  • A mug. We suggest using a clean, white mug for best results. These can be found at your local Target, Wal-Mart, or craft store.
  • An oven. Easy-bakes don’t count.


  • Select your mug.
  • Stencil on your design. You can do this a few ways; free hand (if you’re skilled mcgilled) or via stencil. Print out a stencil to attach to the mug or use a scrapbook sticker.
    One popular custom mug technique is to stick a monogram stencil to the mug, and scribble or dot around it.
  • Let the mug adequately dry for 3-4 hours. Place mug in oven, and pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. It’s important to let the mug heat up with the oven.
  • Bake the mug for 30 minutes. Let it cool with the oven.

If things go horribly wrong, take solace in the fact that Etsy and Society6 have an incredible selection of unique mugs. Here are some of our favorites out there right now.

Tea Time by Kim Vervuurt

tea time mug

How meta. $15 at

Sugar, Coffee & Cream by FoolishHumanSociety

foolishhuman mug

Ain’t it the truth. $14 at

“Let it Be,” Quote by PeterAndWolf

let it be mug

Words of wisdom, ya know? $15 at

Holland Tunnel mug, Fishs Eddy

New York mug

We dig the retro vibe of this mug. Shop for $14.95 at

Sardina Mug, Anthropologie

Sardinia mug

Summertime vibes with a sardine waiting for you at the bottom. $10 at

Friends Mug, Urban Outfitters

friends mug

Grab this mug to sip from in time for the upcoming reunion. $12 at

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