Scissors & Synths

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DIY Painted Tea Cup

Here’s an easy DIY to spruce up your coffee or tea cups – paint the handles!


I wanted to add a pop of color to this plain white set I won at a raffle some years ago. Something like this Loveramics cup. I love the muted pastel handle, but didn’t have any white glass paint to mix with the green I got. So I thought if it won’t be muted, it’s got to be super bright! I picked Yellow Citron since that was the most neon of those available.

What you need:

  1. Glass paint (PhP 83 from Deovir Megamall)
  2. Glass or porcelain cup or mug
  3. Paintbrush
  4. Tape, cutter (optional)
  5. Oven


The instructions on the paint pretty much sums it up:


Step 1: Once your cup is clean and dry, cover the area around the handle with tape to prevent painting the body of the cup. This is optional. You can also paint it freehand.

Step 2: Paint the handle. This is supposed to have an opaque finish (vs. stained glass-type transparent), but I had a bit of a hard time getting rid of paintbrush streaks. Let this air dry for 1 hour.

Step 3: Before peeling off the tape, you may want to get a sharp knife or cutter and just trace around the edge where the painted handle meets the tape. I learned this the hard way peeling off the tape which pulled on the paint a bit (it seemed elastic), giving me an uneven painted edge.

Step 4: Once all the tape is gone, bake your cup in the oven at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. This will set the paint permanently and make your painted cup washable. As instructed, let the cup cool inside the oven and then wash and you’re done!

Here it is all matchy-matchy with our placemat and flowers!


I thought it looked a bit of a pukey-green but it grows on you… Haha!


I’m wondering whether I should paint the whole set, or wait for other glass paint colors to come…


But so far I’m pretty happy with this cheery yellow green one 🙂


– Jo


3 comments on “DIY Painted Tea Cup

  1. redagapeblog
    July 13, 2013

    What a cute idea!! Love 🙂

  2. redagapeblog
    July 13, 2013

    What a cute idea!! Love 🙂

  3. Angela Christianson
    July 15, 2013

    So cute! Love a little pop of color

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