How to Make a Custom Christmas Mug With Your Cricut Machine

Looking for a last-minute Christmas gift for the coffee-lover in your life? This custom Christmas mug is easy to make with your Cricut machine. If you’re looking for an easy get-started craft for your new Cricut machine, this coffee mug project is the perfect option! You could totally even pair this with a batch of this easy Christmas Gingerbread Cake Bites recipe. It would make a fantastic hostess gift. Here’s a breakdown of each machine  if you’re still on the fence about which Cricut machine you should buy. Otherwise, enjoy this easy-to-follow Cricut coffee mug tutorial!



Cricut Explore Air 2 machine

White Coffee Mug (Used Walmart Mainstays OPP White Mug)

12” x 12” Cricut Cutting Mat

Black permanent vinyl

Transfer paper

Rubbing Alcohol


Weeding tool  

Scraping tool  

Computer/Tablet with Cricut Design Space Account (free)


Sign in to Cricut Design Space and start a new project. Upload file and select “Simple” as the image type and click “continue”.

Custom Mug for Last Minute Christmas Gift-Giving 

Select “Save as a Cut Image” and hit save. Now, the image is ready to select and use.

What’s great about this last-minute custom mug is that you can use any design on your Cricut machine with similar results. Once you have the basics down, the possibilities are endless.


It will be larger than you need, so you will need to resize it.

On the box that surrounds the text, you will see arrows at the bottom left.

Click and drag to resize it smaller. I sized it to fit between the top 1 and 3 on the grid (2.953” x 1.692”) so it would fit the mug I used.


Place the vinyl you are using on to the mat and press to assure it is on well.

Load into the Cricut machine and start your custom mug making. Cut out a rectangle around the text, and save the remaining vinyl.


Gently pull off the vinyl surrounding the text and ensure that the text stays, pressing it or pushing it down with weeding tool/tweezers as needed, also taking out anything from the text that will not be used, like the middle of the “O”s, and discard.

Cut a piece of transfer tape a little bigger than the text. Pull off the backing and place it on top of the text.

Using a scraping tool, or even a credit card, press down and pull back and forth, applying pressure as you go.

Start gently peeling back the transfer paper ensuring that all the letters are adhering to it. (If they aren’t, gently put it back and go over it again.)

Finishing Your Custom Christmas Mug Gift 

Clean your mug with rubbing alcohol and dry with something that is lint-free. Place the transfer paper where you would like it to be on the mug and apply it. (It’s easier to start from one side and slightly bend the transfer tape and press as you go.)

Use the scraping tool/credit card and use the same technique as before, applying pressure as you rub over it back and forth, ensuring you do it well so it sticks. Gently pull the transfer tape off, ensuring that all the letters have stuck. (You can go over it again if needed.)



*You can adjust to fit the type of mug you are using, if different. You can eyeball it by placing your mug over the mat and judging how much larger/smaller you would like the text, then adjust it on the grid in Design Space.


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