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Rae Dunn Mugs Inspiration: DIY Rae Dunn Style Mugs

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Rae Dunn look alike mugs are almost as good as the real deal. I made the Rae Dunn look stencils for this DIY Rae Dunn name mug. For an even cheaper version, you can make a dollar tree DIY Rae Dunn gift with their generic ceramic mugs.

It occurred to me unless you are a serious collector, I could just make my own inspired Rae Dunn Mug instead.

They make for great gifts on all occasions, Christmas, Valentine’s day, Mother Day. And the best part is, you can customize your own Rae Dunn Mug to whatever words or saying you want.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a Rae Dunn inspired mug for less than $5.

Are you ready?

Let’s start with a basic Rae Dunn Mom Mug

First, we need to collect our materials. You will need the following:

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  • Paint Sharpie (not a regular Sharpie but an oil-based Sharpie, like this one from Amazon)
  • White Mug – The real Rae Dunn mugs are much more artistic but I’m ok with a basic white coffee mug. If the person you are gifting this to will know the difference, you should probably just buy the real thing. You can get a bunch on Amazon and make one for Dad too, and Grandma, and your great Uncle far removed…
  • No. 2 Pencil – It’s funny, I realized I don’t write much anymore with all this mobile usage. I remember when I was a kid, those yellow Ticonderoga pencils were everywhere. Now I have to dig through my kids’ crafts box to find one. In case you are in the same boat, here’s something from Amazon that isn’t a bulk box meant for an auditorium of high schoolers taking their SATs. (They still take those in person right?)
  • Oven – I assume most people have this in their kitchen. If not, you can probably get that at Amazon as well. Or just use Mom’s which I assume you have one given you are making a mug for her.

Next, let’s get the text write. (get it? har har)

If you have great handwriting, feel free just to write it on the mug. Given my comment above about mobile usage, I write like my 4 year old and while it’s cute when my son comes home with a handwritten card for “Mom”, I assume if you are reading this, you are an adult (or at least an aspiring one) and would like to give an adult gift (not too adult, like still PG13, which is technically a teenager who thinks they are an adult but whatever).

Back to the tutorial…

You need to print what it is that you want to write on your mug.

If you are having trouble on this step too, I’ve got you covered. I’ve created a few printables just for this that will cover everything between “COFFEE” to “MOM” except maybe your distant cousin because you can’t fit “DISTANT COUSIN” on a mug. It also doesn’t give me the warm and fuzzies to see “DISTANT” on a mug. Instructions on how to access this template are at the end of the article.


Don’t worry, “MOM” is included. I just couldn’t be bothered to take a picture of that page.

Copying the old fashion way – now known in modern day as a Hack.

This is where you need that pencil. sharpened. (I hope you ordered a sharpener, otherwise, maybe just order the mechanical pencil instead)

After printing out the word in the font style of your choosing, (or mine from the Resource Library) color in the back of the word with the pencil.

Rae Dunn DIY mug

(Yes, I actually prefer mechanical pencils. I’ve had this one shown since I was 14yrs old. I took my SATs with this pencil.)

Then flip it back the right side out and tape it to the mug.

Tracing technique DIY

(look at those pores!)

Trace over the print.

Remove the printed paper.

Tracing “Mom” onto the Mug

This is where you take that Paint Sharpie and trace over the pencil lettering.

Traced lettering on mug

If you mess up. It is OK. Just use some rubbing alcohol to wipe it off. (Other adult beverages work too, like vodka)

Baking your Mug

This last part should be the easiest but you never know. Some people *ahem* husband *ahem* manage to overcomplicate anything and everything in the kitchen.

Put your mug on a sheet pan (for stability). Turn your oven on to 450 degrees F. Once it reaches that temperature, turn it down to 350 degrees F and leave it in there for 30mins or so.


(please pardon my dirty oven, it’s seen a lot, including an exploding chicken)

Please be careful taking it out of the oven.

Treat your mug with TLC, which I’m sure your Mom will do.

The mug can be washed in the dishwasher, but it might last longer if you wash it by hand. Or you can just make her a new one every year!

DIY Rae Dunn Mom Mug

(See, mine is not perfect, but it still looks good!)

Here are some other attempts:

Rae Dunn Mom mug

That’s it! Congratulations, you’ve Dunn it!! (sorry, couldn’t help myself)


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