DIY Floral Temporary Tattoo Mugs

Learn how to customize plain mugs in minutes using pretty floral temporary tattoos.

Today’s post is by Holly of Club Crafted

Photo of stacked floral mugs

Spring is just a few short weeks away, so it’s time to start thinking florals! When Sarah came across these beautiful floral temporary tattoos designed by artist Jess Phoenix, we agreed they were the perfect decorations for a set of mugs. It’s very easy to create a set of temporary tattoo mugs sealed with Mod Podge to give as gifts for upcoming occasions! They’re hand washable and completely customizable with any temporary tattoo. Plus, everyone could use a new mug, right?

Photo of DIY floral mugs

DIY Floral Temporary Tattoo Mugs


Floral temporary tattoos
Wet cloth/sponge
Mod Podge

Photo of supplies needed to make custom mugs with temporary tattoos.

Step 1: Peel the plastic off of a temporary tattoo and carefully place the design down onto a dry mug.

Photo of how to apply a temporary tattoo to ceramics.

Step 2: Press a wet cloth or sponge on top and hold for at least 30 seconds until you can peel away the paper with the tattoo completely stuck to the mug.

Photo of sponge applying a temporary tattoo to ceramics.

Step 3: Dab the wet cloth over the tattoo to set it. Let dry.

Photo of painting Mod Podge on ceramics

Step 4: Lastly, brush one layer of Mod Podge over the design and let dry. Hand wash only.

Photo of floral mug decorated using a temporary tattoo

Photo of stacked floral mugs decorated with temporary tattoos





  1. These are beautiful! What a fun afternoon project! Just wondering how the design is holding up for you/those who have tried this project? Even with handwashing, is it chipping off at all? Also, has anyone tried microwaving the cups yet? Curious if that’s still ok to do with the tattoo and mod podge coating on it.

    Love your blog! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Nina! Thank you so much! I asked Holly, who created the project, and she said, “I still use them and they’ve held up well with handwashing. I have not attempted to put them in the microwave because I used metallic tattoos, so I’m not sure how non-metallic ones would hold up. However, I learned there is a dishwasher safe version of Mod Podge that may work in the microwave as well.”

  2. We tried to hand wash ours a few hours after the mod Podge had dried so my daughter could use hers and the mod Podge all gummed up and washed off- not sure why or what to do?

    1. Hi Vanessa, it appears that it needs to dry longer. I recommend waiting at least a few days before trying to hand wash it. According to the directions on the Mod Podge bottle, it says the item must try for 21 days before being dishwasher safe.

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