MY DIY | Tissue Paper Watercolor Mug










You guys, I am in love with my new mugs. After finding out about dishwasher safe ModPodge, I knew I wanted to try to create a mug with tissue paper, hoping it would create a watercolor effect. I could not be more stoked with how they turned out! I love how layering the paper created  interesting color and texture, while the pop of polka dots made it truly unique. This kind of project is my favorite, because  there are a million and one ways to make it your own. Different colors and patterned tissue paper combinations will make a unquie mug everytime…the perfect customized gift! If you make one, make sure to snap a pic and tag #ispydiy on Instagram so I can see how yours turned out.  Added bonus if you sport it with a super cute pair of heart gloves 🙂  Step and supplies after the break…




What you need: 
Tissue paper
Dishwater safe ModPodge 
What to do:
Rip off smaller pieces of tissue paper.
Spread ModPodge on mug.
Place tissue paper pieces, the paint over each layer with ModPodge.
Paint a final layer of ModPodge over the top . Let dry.
Make sure ModPodge is at least an inch below the the area you will sip.


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  1. Molly says:

    Yummm! Fill it up with some chai, please!

  2. Neeny says:

    This DIY is so cool! I love making things with tissue paper 🙂

  3. Jessica Rose says:

    Can these cups be placed in the dishwasher??

  4. Julita says:

    Looks so so nice! Great DIY! 🙂
    Best wishes from

  5. Amormoda says:

    Great DIY. Make the monotonous cup more cute.

  6. I am a Java aficionado….use to own a couple coffee house back in the day….collect mugs…and make mugs, but, these are some of the cutest mugs ever! You did a great job and I can’t wait to make some of my own!

    1. Jenni says:

      Thanks! Coming from a coffee expert that means so much!!

  7. Marsya says:

    What a creative way to colour up the mug! Great diy .

  8. Maritza says:

    How lovely! I had no idea dishwasher safe Mod Podge existed!

  9. sharon says:

    These cups are so cool. Love them.

  10. ~ Carmen ~ says:

    Dishwasher safe Mod Podge. Why didn’t I know about this sooner? I love the colors; it looks like a watercolor. Happy Thanksgiving! :] // ▲ ▲

  11. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for a great DIY!
    greetings from

  12. Karen says:

    What a fantastic DIY – here’s hoping I can get my hands on some dishwasher safe ModPodge in Ireland!


  13. shu84 says:

    you have always creative ideas:)

  14. Nitabiti says:

    I just adore this idea!!
    Not only does it look amazing but also there are infinite possibilities when it comes to decor.
    I just have to try this.
    Little prediction? Soon I will have three times as many mugs as I would possible need.
    But it will be fun. And pretty. x

  15. iHanna says:

    Wow, your cup turned out adorable! I need some of that modge podge stuff right now! I have a TON of tissue paper just waiting… 🙂

  16. sherry says:

    Such a clever idea. Love the cups.

  17. Bethany says:

    are these mugs microwavable?

  18. Neri Ann says:

    Sooo cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I need to buy modpodge and cups for this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. WOW your blog is incredible. This is probably the best DIY website I’ve ever stumbled upon. It would mean the world to me if you could check out my fairly recent blog!

    1. Jenni says:

      Awwww you are too sweet! Your site is so fun and you are the cutest 🙂

  20. What an interesting idea! I love how these turned out.

  21. KC says:

    I love your DIYs!! These mugs are super cute.

  22. These are so pretty, what a great idea! 🙂

  23. Fee says:

    Cool thing ! but have you tried to put it in the dishwasher yet? does it work?

  24. Shi Jie says:

    This D.I.Y is gorgeous. I love that pop of color. This mug could be on a magazine cover!

  25. Drew says:

    These are perfect! I’m going to have to try this out on some Ikea mugs I’ve been hoarding!

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