How to Make Vinyl Projects Dishwasher-Safe: DIY I Love You Mugs

This DIY Beaded Keychain post was originally published January 2016
and updated as of June 2022.

Today we are sharing these cute and easy DIY I Love You Mugs – perfect for gifting to your Valentine, friends, or family! With the combination of permanent adhesive vinyl and Dishwasher-Safe Mod Podge, these mugs will look like new, wash after wash. Keep reading to see how we made them!

DIY I Love You Mugs Tutorial featured by top US craft blog, The Pretty life Girls

Supplies needed to make I Love You Mugs

Silhouette CAMEO
Plain mugs
Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge
Applicator brush
Permanent adhesive vinyl


How to make I Love You Mugs

Step 1: Choose your design. I found these FAB love day sayings drawn by the super talented Jodie York in the Silhouette Design Store, and then I used my Silhouette Portrait to cut it out. Next, rub the design against your vinyl transfer paper.

Step 2: Peel your saying back so it sticks to the vinyl transfer paper, position it on the mug and then rub the design onto the mug, using pressure so it will stick.

Step 3: Peel back the vinyl transfer paper, pressing down any parts of the vinyl that may have lifted.

Step 4: Time to Mod Podge! For this step, it is super important to make sure that you are using Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge. This will help to protect and seal your design and make it last much longer! Apply a thin layer over the saying, allowing it to dry per package directions.

That’s it, your I Love You Mugs are finished! Now all you have to do is fill them up with something yummy and snuggle up with your Valentine!

Happy mug making!
ox. Liz and Sam

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  • Janet KrugelJanuary 20, 2016 - 5:11 pm

    I seriously love these mugs! I love the idea of a vinyl decal on them. And of course, you have to fill your mug with Bigelow tea! [client]ReplyCancel

  • Paige FlammJanuary 20, 2016 - 5:51 pm

    These mugs are seriously too cute! You guys always have the best DIY ideas!


  • Amy's Fashion BlogJanuary 20, 2016 - 6:58 pm

    those mugs are adorable. I hope everyone feels better soon.


  • Kim LJanuary 23, 2016 - 2:11 pm

    So cute! Where did you find those plain mugs? They are a great shape and style.ReplyCancel

  • Cole CreationsJanuary 26, 2016 - 5:01 am

    Can you see the modge podge after it dries?ReplyCancel

  • claudiaJanuary 26, 2016 - 2:23 pm

    Did you use 651 vinyl? I was under the assumption that vinyl needs to "breath" so we can't seal it with anything this isn't true?ReplyCancel

    • KarenDecember 18, 2016 - 6:52 pm

      According to Oracle makers “vinyl is not alive so it does not need to breathe. ” lol!ReplyCancel

  • O EisigJanuary 26, 2016 - 10:38 pm

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  • O EiJanuary 26, 2016 - 10:42 pm

    very cute!!! had no idea about dishwasher safe mod podge. lifechanger!!! is it safe to drink from the area you put mod podge? or lick the coffee drips? no coffee should go to waste… 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Mohsin KhanFebruary 4, 2016 - 1:12 pm

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  • MonicaFebruary 8, 2016 - 7:33 pm

    How do they hold up after washing? Can't wait to make these. Also- wher did you get the mugs?ReplyCancel

  • prettylifegirlsJune 22, 2016 - 7:29 am

    Thank you so much Amber!ReplyCancel

  • Roberta UnterseherJanuary 12, 2017 - 8:57 am

    I made some mugs and the de safe mod podge can be seen. I have let them dry and done a second coat
    Any suggestions? Do I cost the WHOLE mug?ReplyCancel

    • prettylifegirlsJanuary 12, 2017 - 11:09 am

      Hi Roberta! Yes, I did apply ModPodge to the whole mug because it does leave a little bit of texture and you’ll want that to be consistent on the whole mug. However, be sure that you are doing a thin layer since the ModPodge isn’t there to help adhesion, it is only there to make the mugs dishwasher safe. I hope this helps! ox.ReplyCancel

      • BillieJuly 31, 2019 - 5:38 pm

        I did this and when hot liquid was poured in the mug the dish washer safe lodge podge peeled off what did I do wrongeReplyCancel

  • JuliaMarch 16, 2017 - 11:19 am

    Looks great! What kind of vinyl did you use?ReplyCancel

  • Lena HendersonJanuary 9, 2019 - 11:08 am

    First of all thank u for the post. Im new to cricket and vinyl but not new to crafting. So im still learning about cricket and vinyl…. Ive never used that kind of mod podge. But all other mod podge is slightly visible when dry, especially on glass. I also thought that permanent vinyl is top rack dishwasher safe? So my question is… what does the mod podge look like after its dry, especially on a wine glass? And why do u cover the vinyl if its supposed to be permanent?ReplyCancel

  • Cathy BeaulieuOctober 15, 2019 - 7:50 am

    Good morning! So you have run these through the dishwasher with no damage to the vinyl? How have they held up over time? What about microwaving? Do they hold up to that?

  • SarahDecember 17, 2019 - 1:22 pm

    Can this been done on like plastic or stainless steal travel mugs?ReplyCancel

  • BrendaFebruary 10, 2020 - 8:18 pm

    Dishwasher safe modge podge needs to cure for 28 days before it can go into the dishwasher top shelf safelyReplyCancel

  • Mrs. LovelyMarch 10, 2020 - 2:42 pm

    Hi, just wanted to know if the Modpodge would work for a Hydro flask or a plastic water bottle so that the vinyl wont peel when washed?ReplyCancel

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  • BaileyOctober 29, 2020 - 10:30 pm

    Are these able to be put in the microwave also?ReplyCancel

  • AmberDecember 3, 2020 - 1:12 pm

    Does it work for printable vinyl as well?ReplyCancel

    • prettylifegirlsDecember 3, 2020 - 3:58 pm

      We’ve never tried! Sorry we can’t advise!ReplyCancel