Personalized Items – How do I Get a Photo on a Coffee Mug?
Personalized items or tokens are some of the best gifts and giveaways for any occasion whether it is for birthdays, weddings, corporate or simply a present for your special someone. Due to high technology, it is so easy to add personal touch to your projects. You can print digital photos of your choice on t-shirts, invitations, greeting cards, pens, hats, mugs or any object you want to customize.
Among the mentioned items, I will show you how to personalize your coffee mug by designing it with your chosen photo. This is a great present especially for those who enjoy drinking coffee.
Materials Needed to Make a Personalized Photo Coffee Mug
Before we start, you need to make sure that all needed materials are at hand so that you can work continuously and have your project done right away.
- plain ceramic mug
- your chosen digital photo on your computer
- Microsoft Word (optional)
- waterslide decal paper
- bowl of water
- Envirot Tex resin sealer (available in many crafts store)
Choose a plain coffee mug. It should not have any cracks and ridges. It could come in any color but the most ideal is white. Make sure to wash or wipe the mug before using to ensure that the mug is free from dirt and dust.
Decal paper can be bought online at about $8.25 per 5 sheets. Decal papers are either clear or white. Clear decal is used for white ceramic mugs while the latter is used for mugs of any color.
If you are going to make more than one photo mug, make sure you have already chosen those photos ahead so that you can print it together in one sheet.
You can use Microsoft Word for adding a message or quotes in your photo or add designs using your photo editing software.
Step 1: This step is optional for those who desire to add text to their image. If no text is needed, you can proceed to step 2. Let’s get on to your computer and open Microsoft Word. Paste your image in MS Word and reduce its size to less than 3 inches in height and not more than 6 inches in width. If you want to place the photo on one side only, you can use less than 3×3 inches in size. Type in your text just below your image or within the picture using the “draw text box”.
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