Picture of Climbing Hold Mugs.
My friend Likes rock climbing and he recently took me along with him, as i was climbing the wall i was looking at the climbing holds and thought to myself that i really wanted to do something with them.

So when i got home i ordered a set of small holds and started to think what to do with them.

I came up with the idea of making a set of mugs with climbing holds as the handles.

Step 1: Tools and materials.

Picture of Tools and materials.
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- Hammer
- Chisel (it doesn't have to be rusty like mine.) 
- sander (i had a belt sander, i think that's best)
- An angle grinder would probably work well too (i don't have one.)
- Files and sand paper.


- Mugs
- Climbing holds (small)
- epoxy resin.
- screws or hex bolts


What brand of epoxy resin did you use? And did you have problems with the holds falling after using the mugs for a certain period? I'll be working on these soon. Thanks! Awesome idea.

nnacey18 months ago

I actually make these: check them out at https://www.etsy.com/shop/ClimberShop

nnacey18 months ago

I actually make these a different way and they are on my website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ClimberShop

I attempted to break off the handle to the mug twice and both handles ripped out a portion of the cup where it was attached making it unusable. I tried two mug types the first being more expensive then next trying cheaper in hopes that the handle would break easier!!! NO luck... any suggestions? I think this is a great project and am trying to make it as a gift for a friend but cant seem to get past step one!

backwards lamb (author)  kaydenleigh1 year ago

well, i did have one or two accidents of breaking the whole mug.

how are you breaking it? i hit it with a sharp chisel at the top. you have to be quite firm with the hit but not too hard.

if you gave access to an angle grinder maybe you could use that? other than that i cant think of any other ways to do it, sorry.

yes good
looner802 years ago
Where did you find the set of holds, I'm looking for something small and cheap like those.
backwards lamb (author)  looner802 years ago
I found them on eBay. I just searched for climbing holds. There were loads of options.

Hope that helps.
ZaneEricB2 years ago
Very nice Idea!

Why not make your own grips?
backwards lamb (author)  ZaneEricB2 years ago
Because for me it was so much easier to do it this way.
Eh Lie Us!2 years ago
man, i'm not much of a crafter but this is a great gift project for anyone that climbs.
crashman772 years ago
Would there be a problem when washing the ceramic health wise?
backwards lamb (author)  crashman772 years ago
In what way? Most mugs are ceramic. The grips are a polymer substance. And the inside of the mug have not been touched so is exactly the same as it was when it was new.
iromanova2 years ago
This is a great project! Thanks a lot for the cool gift idea :)
ethertree2 years ago
Be careful too when sanding ceramic - I don't think it will matter if you only do it once or twice (someone please correct me if I am wrong), but breathing in the dust consistently can lead to health hazards.
backwards lamb (author)  ethertree2 years ago
oh yes i know, that's why i wear a mask when ever i do something that would produce any dust at all.
Pattymouth2 years ago
As I looked through the first few photos, I was horrified that you used the screws to attach the handles. And that is why I should have listened to the teachers when they said to read the instructions first. Good job on a cool project!
backwards lamb (author)  Pattymouth2 years ago
Well that's what I was going for. I wanted them to look screwed on :D
manfredpw2 years ago
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nwlaurie2 years ago
... and then there's always Sugru!
(which was what I first thought these holds were made of)
backwards lamb (author)  nwlaurie2 years ago
What would you use the sugru for?
wombat72 years ago
where did you purchase the climbing holds?
backwards lamb (author)  wombat72 years ago
I got them on eBay. There are loads of different types on there.
MarkML2 years ago
Clever, out of the box idea.
Its a great great idea. I think it can be a great gift for rock climbers and hikers :)
gjchandler2 years ago
Wonderful idea! I Might have to give this a try!
SWV17872 years ago
but now how do you hang your mugs???
SWV1787 SWV17872 years ago
Now you will have to make a mug climbing harness to hang them on your mug tree
backwards lamb (author)  SWV17872 years ago
:) we don't hang our mugs we just keep them in the cupboard.
That is an awesome idea! I know a few people who would get a kick out of these :)
Kiteman2 years ago
Cool - I rarely use the handle of a mug anyway.