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Desert Cactus DIY Mug

Desert Cactus DIY Mug
Desert Cactus DIY Mug
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Cacti are taking over the trendy home and apartment decor scene, and you can make your very own Desert Cactus DIY Mug. Use this simple mug to remind you of warm weather and your morning cup of coffee. Hand painted mugs don't have to be complicated with intricate designs to turn out good, and this gorgeous green mug is easy and beautiful when finished. Mix lovely olive green paints to create the perfect deep green for your cactus plucked straight out of an Arizona landscape. Cactus decor is fun and cute, but this coffee mug DIY brings a little sophistication to the trendy design!


Estimated Cost$21-$30

Time to CompleteIn an evening


Primary TechniquePainting



  1. Wipe mug with damp sponge to remove bisque dust.

  2. Brush three coats Bright Olive to inside and base of mug. Let dry.

  3. Using No. 8 Round brush, paint two coats Dark Olive inside grooves on cactus.  Let dry.

  4. Brush three coats Bright Olive over protruding ridges using Fan Glaze brush.  Let dry.

  5. Squeeze white French Dimensions on the protruding nodules on the ridges. Let dry.

  6. Brush a coat of Pure Brilliance to mug. Let dry.

  7. Stilt on kiln shelf and fire to cone 06.

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