Learn how to make a cute DIY mug using the Cricut Mug Press and Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets. This pro-quality mug is dishwasher safe and so fun to make!
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With the Cricut Mug Press, you can make professional-quality mugs in a matter of minutes! Unlike your traditional vinyl, the Mug Press uses Infusible Ink to create permanent designs with vibrant colors that will last a lifetime (and get this–they’re dishwasher safe!).
The Cricut Mug Press allows you to create personalized mugs that make amazing gifts for every occasion! It is equipped with one-touch settings, just-right temperate control, and an auto-off feature for peace of mind.
Today I’m going to show you just how easy it is to make your own mug using Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets! These sheets come in really pretty colors and designs, and the new smaller rolls are the perfect size for mugs so you have less waste (though you can still use the large Infusible Ink sheets if you have any handy).
Watch for a second tutorial coming soon using the Cricut Mug Press with Infusible Ink Markers!
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Cricut Mug Press Tutorial
Here’s the mug I’m making today! I’ve linked my Design Space file below if you’d like to create one for yourself, or else you can follow this tutorial to create your own customized mug!
- Cricut Mug Press
- Cricut Machine
- Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets (I used the Purple Watersplash design).
- Cricut Mug Blank (I’m using the larger 15oz. size for my project
- Lint Roller
- Heat-Resistant Tape
- Mug Design File In Cricut Design Space
1 – Design Your Mug In Design Space
If you want to use my Crafting Forever mug design, click here to open it in Design Space (note that the words are a premade design so you’ll need a Cricut Access subscription or need to download that file before cutting).
You can also search Design Space for additional mug press designs or open the Mug Design Setup template so you can design your own.
2- Turn On Your Mug Press
Push the power button on your Mug Press so it can preheat while you’re working. There are no temperature settings to worry about, the press automatically adjust to the appropriate time and temperature.
3 – Cut Your Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet
Make sure you mirror your design before cutting! Stick your Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet to a green cutting mat, insert it into your machine, and cut your design.
Tip: If your blade is older or has been used to cut thick materials in the past, you may need to change the settings in Design Space to “More” pressure to get a cleaner cut.
4 – Weed Your Design
To weed Infusible Ink, it works best to bend it back and forth so it “cracks” along the cut lines.
5 – Use Heat Resistant Tape To Secure Your Design To A Clean Mug
First, lint roll your mug to ensure it is clean. Then align your design on your mug and use the sticky backing to secure it in place.
Once attached, add a few pieces of heat-resistant tape as needed. You will probably get a feel for where you need tape after a couple of presses. For me, I find it helpful to put a few pieces along the bottom edge of my design to make sure it’s snug with the mug. I don’t tend to need tape around the top edge.
6 – Place Your Mug In The Press And Push Down The Lever
Holding the mug handle, lower your mug into the Cricut Mug Press. Push down the lever on the Mug Press with one hand while holding your mug with the other hand. Ensure the heat plate covers your entire design.
Note: There are no settings to adjust on the Cricut Mug Press. Once you push the lever down, the press will automatically adjust the temperature and time! The indicator lights on the press will light up and act as a progress bar.
7 – Carefully Remove Your Mug And Allow To Cool
Once your machine beeps, release the lever and carefully remove your mug. The mug will be very hot, but the handle remains cool to the touch so it’s safe to hold by the handle. Allow your mug to cool on a heat-safe surface.
8 – Remove Transfer Sheet To Reveal Your Design
Once your mug has cooled down enough to touch comfortably, peel off the Infusible Ink and reveal your colorful design!
The Cricut Mug Press makes it so easy to create customized, personalized mugs perfect for gifting! And it’s really fun to use! You can shop for the Cricut Mug Press and all of the supplies you’ll need at cricut.com.
Looking for more Cricut project tutorials? Take a look at these blog posts:
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- Painted Welcome Mat & DIY Wreath With Cricut Maker
- How To Make Pretty Pantry Labels With Cricut Vinyl
- DIY Leather Cord Organizers (With The Cricut EasyPress Mini)
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