Textured Vase Out of a Broken Mug




About: A working mom who try and find time to experiment all sorts of crafts.. from sewing, paper craft to oil painting and whatever that comes across.

Hello creative people,

What would you do with your old mugs other than throw them in to the trash bin.. ?

Here's an idea, you can make this textured vase and add it to your home decor.

Try it out, it's easy, cost effective and it takes less than half an hour to complete the whole project.

So lets get started.

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Step 1: What You Need

1. An old Mug. ( Mine has lost its handle). You can also use a mug which has a slight crack or a discolored old mug.

2. Glue Gun and Five glue sticks

3. Black Acrylic or lacquer Paint.

4. Paint Brush

5. A Gold spray can.

Step 2: Covering the Mug With Hot Glue

First clean your mug surface with a dry tissue paper to ensure there is no dust or water on the surface that you are going to cover with glue.

Heat up your glue gun.

Then put vertical lines of glue starting from top or bottom. You need not worry about having straight lines or completing a line at one go. It's alright to start from one end and stop at the middle, and then start again from the other end to complete the lines.

You can also do your own design if you do not like just lines.

Step 3: Leave the Glue Covered Mug to Dry for Few Seconds

Once the glue is hardened it will look like the one on the image. And you will feel it's quite hard, which is why I suggested that you can even use a mug which has a slight crack on it, because the hardened glue will keep the mug in one piece for some time longer.

Step 4: You Are Done With the Hard Part. So Lets Start Painting.

Get a bit of acrylic or lacquer paint and paint the glue covered mug. The blob of paint shown on the picture is all I used to cover the whole mug. I preferred to leave the inside of the mug white therefore I just brushed through the outer surface, You need not bother to fully cover the glue part with paint. Just one coat is fine.

All you need to be careful is to cover the glue rim on the top and bottom of the mug, so no one will know it's glue that has made the effect once its sprayed.

Step 5: Cleaning Up the Inner Surface

Since I wanted to leave the inner surface of the mug white, I cleaned the inner surface with a wet tissue before the paint dried. If you are using Lacquer, you may need to wet the tissue with thinner or turpentine.

Leave the painted mug to dry.

Step 6: Now Lets Cover It Up With Gold Spray.

I used a polythene bag to cover my hand so I don't need to worry cleaning off the gold spray stains from my hand later.

Spray the outer surface and the bottom of the mug with the gold spray can.

Once done, take a wet tissue and clean the inner surface if there is gold paint stains on it before it drys.

Leave few minutes to dry.

You are done..!

Step 7: Thadaa.. Gone Is the Old Broken Mug.. and Here's Is Your New Textured Vase.

Thank you.. and Hope you will enjoy up-cycling your old mugs.

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    I am always telling my husband "Don't throw that away I can make something out of it!" Thanks for the project, now I can show him a great project I can do with my kids or alone.

    1 reply
    Thilani BotejueBriFibrochic

    Reply 1 year ago

    Hey.. that's the spirit.. Don't throw waste.. up-cycle them instead. So keep them till inspiration hits you.. Good Luck with your project.


    1 year ago

    Very creative Vase, good job. Shall definitely try it out. Thanks for sharing.

    2 replies
    Thilani BotejueAshleighJ10

    Reply 1 year ago

    That's good.. Hope you would post a picture with your project on "I made it" and Good Luck on your project..


    1 year ago

    Looks awesome! Good luck ....hope to see many more projects from you :-)

    1 reply