March 19, 2021  

How To Use The Cricut Mug Press With Infusible Ink Markers

Learn how to use Infusible Ink markers to create one-of-a-kind DIY mugs using the Cricut Mug Press. You can draw your own design or let your Cricut machine do the drawing for you. Either way, it’s really fun and makes a fantastic DIY gift!

Cricut Mug Press with two mugs on table

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Aren’t these citrus themed mugs darling? I let my Cricut Maker draw the designs, then I colored them in with my Infusible Ink markers. With the Cricut Mug Press, I transferred my designs onto mugs in just a few minutes!

In my last Cricut Mug Press tutorial, I showed you how to make mugs using Infusible Ink transfer sheets. And today we’re going to make mugs using Infusible Ink markers. The process is very similar, with just a few differences.

With the Cricut Mug Press, you can create personalized, giftable mugs in minutes (they’re even dishwasher safe!).

Related: How To Use The Cricut Mug Press With Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets


How To Use Infusible Ink Markers With The Cricut Mug PRess

Today we’re making the orange mug pictured below! 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 using Infusible Ink markers.

Cricut Mug Press with 2 mugs on table


Cricut Mug Press, Cricut Maker, and supplies for DIY mugs on table

1 – Design Your Mug In Design Space

If you want to use my Orange mug design, click here to open it in Design Space (note that this is a premade design so you’ll need a Cricut Access subscription or need to download that file before cutting). And if you like my Lemon mug design, download that one here.

You can also search Design Space for additional mug press designs or open the Mug Design Setup template so you can design your own.

Design Space screenshot

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 adjusts to the appropriate time and temperature.


Make sure you mirror your design first! Load your Infusible Ink marker and stick laser copy paper onto a blue cutting mat. Load the mat into your machine and allow your machine to draw the design and then cut out the template. I used a black marker for this.

close up of Infusible Ink marker in Cricut Maker

4 – Weed Your Design

Unload the cutting mat and carefully remove the paper. Then you can color in your design freehand (I purposely went a bit out of the lines to make it look more “artsy”).

2 DIY mugs with Infusible Ink markers

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 heat-resistant tape to hold it in place.

Wrapping design around a mug to put in Cricut Mug Press

6 – Wrap Your Mug With Butcher Paper

Cut 3 sheets of butcher paper to the size of your paper design and wrap them around the mug, securing with heat-resistant tape.

Note: This is an extra step that is required when using laser paper and Infusible Ink markers. (You don’t have to use butcher paper with the Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets).

Hand holding DIY mug made with Cricut Mug Press

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.

Inserting mug in the Cricut Mug Press

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!

Revealing the colorful design on a mug made with Cricut Mug Press
2 DIY mugs and Cricut Mug Press

Aren’t these the cutest mugs?! Just think of all the possibilities with these. My three-year-old even colored a little design and we transfered it onto a mug for dad–talk about gifting potential!

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Have a fantastic day!

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