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Last year, I got hooked on using my line sister’s Cricut machine for custom party projects. This year, I was blessed with a Cricut Explore Air 2 of my own and thought I’d share with you just how easy it is to customize holiday mugs with Cricut. I gave these away as holiday party favors at my last Christmas kickback and they were such a hit! Let’s get into how to make vinyl mugs with Cricut so you can get this DIY magic in your life, too.

Past Cricut Party Projects

three mugs stacked on each other on desk with cocktail-themed sayings
Jazzmine seated at desk, holding out mug in front of face

First off, What is a Cricut Machine?

Cricut machines precisely cut designs and words into a variety of materials for craft projects including paper, vinyl, and fabric. You can make decals, cards, stickers, iron-ons, and more with them. As I mentioned, I have the Cricut Explore Air 2, which is what I used to customize these holiday mugs. There’s also the Cricut Joy, which is more compact and great for smaller projects. If you want to get more professional with it, there’s the Cricut Maker. And lastly, there’s the Cricut Easy Press, which I also have. It makes iron-on projects a breeze and I have plans to make dozens of cute onesies with it soon, as my brother and sister-in-law are expecting a bundle of joy! I used the Easy Press to make custom face masks for my dad’s 60th birthday party a little while ago.
overhead view of Cricut machine and tools on desk
pulling Cricut scraper tool out of machine storage

What You’ll Need for this Project

The messages on the mugs are completely up to you. I opted for cheeky cocktail-inspired phrases and they made for great adult party favors but these would also be great stocking stuffers. Need a last-minute holiday gift idea for a teacher? Put their name on one of these mugs, put a gift card inside, and you’re done! These made such great personalized Christmas party gifts because they cut down on cleanup for me afterward and my guests got something useful and fun to remember the occasion by. In case you didn’t catch it, that’s a win-win.
pressing load button on Cricut Explore Air 2

Customize Holiday Mugs with Cricut FAQ

If you’re wondering how to put vinyl on mugs, scroll down to the how-to card below for all the details. It’s really easy to customize holiday mugs with Cricut but there are a few questions that might come up, especially if this is your first project.
  • How to remove vinyl from glass? If you place your words in the wrong spot or just want to change something, no worries. Use a razor blade to carefully scrape off the vinyl and any adhesive left behind. Then wash the mug and you’re ready to start over.
  • Can mugs with vinyl be microwaved? To ensure they last a long time, I don’t recommend putting Cricut custom mugs in the microwave as this can cause the design to fade and deteriorate.
  • Are Cricut mugs dishwasher safe? Cricut recommends hand-washing to be safe but this sealing step will come in handy if you want to know how to make your Cricut project dishwasher safe.
  • Is Cricut vinyl permanent? To make this project really last, make sure to take note of the tips above and check out Cricut Permanent Vinyl.
Jazzmine seated on desk holding mug that says "probably alcohol"
I really love this easy Cricut Christmas gift idea and hope you’ll make one for yourself or to share with a loved one this holiday season. And because sharing is caring so be sure to pin this Cricut holiday tutorial on Pinterest. Thanks for reading!
P.S. more crafty Christmas ideas:

How to Customize Holiday Mugs with Cricut

Custom Cheeky Holiday Mugs
Prep Time
10 mins

How to use a Cricut machine to create custom holiday mugs with cheeky messages.

Servings: 1 mug
Author: Jazzmine from Dash of Jazz
  • 1 blank mug any color
  • 1 alcohol wipe or cotton ball dampened with alcohol
  • cutting mat
  • 1 roll vinyl any color
  • scissors
  • Cricut weeding tool
  • 1 roll transfer tape
  • Cricut scraper tool
  1. Wash and dry mug then use an alcohol wipe to remove any unseen residue or dust.

  2. Measure mug to determine the dimensions of your desired phrase. Input phrase with dimensions in Cricut Access then follow the on-screen steps to make it with your Cricut machine. *Be sure to cut a piece of vinyl just slightly larger than the dimensions of your phrase in order to avoid waste.

  3. Using the Cricut weeding tool, remove excess vinyl from around the cut phrase.

  4. Place a piece of of transfer tape over top of the phrase then use the Cricut scraper tool to bond the transfer tape to the letters. Scrape from side to side and up and down in order to ensure a good bond.

  5. Peel away transfer tape, along with letters and place in desired position on outside of clean, blank mug. Repeat scraping steps again to bond letters to mug.

  6. Carefully peel away transfer tape to reveal your customized mug.

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