How to Personalize a Teacup

This craft is perfect for your favorite cook, foodie or a loved one in need of some R&R.

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If you are looking for a meaningful gift for someone special, personalize a plain, inexpensive teacup with just a marker.


  • white teacup or mug
  • oil-based paint marker
  • paper
  • clean cloth

Practice Writing

Purchase a plain set or individual teacup. Decide what you want to write on the cup, and practice on a piece of paper with an oil-based marker. Choose a meaningful word, nickname or symbol that means something to the recipient. We choose "Te Amo" (I Love You in Spanish) and "Mi Amor" (My Love in Spanish). 

Clean Teacup

Clean the surface of the teacup with a clean, wet cloth, and dry completely.

Write Message

Write your message on the teacup with an oil-based marker. Let it dry for a few hours or overnight.

Place in Oven

Bake the teacup in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees F. Leave the teacup in until the oven is completely cool to prevent cracking. Handwash to preserve the message.

Add Finishing Touches

Add to the gift by including teabags. To make it extra special, cut out heart shapes from card stock and glue or tape to the end of the teabag.

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