DIY Mothers Day Mug Tutorial with the Cricut Mug Press

Learn How to Make Personalized Infusible Ink Mother’s Day Mug With an Adorable Gift Box Using a Cricut Machine and Cricut Mug Press.

Ever since I got my hands on the Cricut Mug Press, I can’t stop making mugs. I may have an entire shelf full of Cricut mugs now. With Mother’s Day coming up, I decided to add a few more to my collection. 

That’s why I created this step-by-step tutorial to show you how to create your very own adorable Mother’s Day mugs. 

A big thanks to JOANN for sponsoring this post. You can find all of the supplies in this post at your local JOANN store or on JOANN.com.

DIY MOTHER’S DAY MUG

Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman holding a Mother's Day Mug.

And as an added bonus, I’ll walk you through how to create a mug gift box using my FREE SVG file. The best part about this box is it can be reused for any holiday or special event! Be sure to scroll down for the mug gift box tutorial. 

Mother's Day Cricut Mugs |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of Cricut Mother's Day mugs.

In this step-by-step tutorial, learn how to create the perfect mug with the Cricut Mug Press and a matching gift box for your DIY mug. 

What is the Cricut Mug Press?

The Cricut Mug Press enables you to easily create professional-looking mugs in minutes. The ingenious design is safe and easy to use. For more information on the Cricut Mug Press, be sure to check out my blog post HERE. 

DIY Mother's Day Mugs |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a Mother's Day mug next to a Cricut machine.

How to Make a DIY Mother’s Day Mug in 5 Easy Steps

For this project, you need: 

Supplies |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a white mug, oven mitt, Cricut Joy infusible ink and Cricut Maker.

Step 1 – Cut Your Design

To begin, open Design Space. 

Click HERE to be brought to my Mother’s Day Mug files in Design Space. I have mug wraps for Cricut’s 12-ounce mugs and one for Cricut’s 15-ounce mugs.

Mug Wrap Design File |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: screenshot image of Mother's Day mug wraps.

Click “Customize.”

Mug Wrap Design Files |Mug Wrap Design File |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: screenshot image of Mother's Day mug wraps.

Choose the design you want to cut out and hide or delete the rest of the files. 

Best Mom Ever Mug Wrap |Mug Wrap Design File |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: screenshot image of Mother's Day mug wraps.

Once you have your design ready, click “Make It.” 

Turn Mirror ON |Mug Wrap Design File |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: screenshot image of Mother's Day mug wraps.

Be sure to turn mirror ON. If you don’t do this, your design will appear backwards when you apply it to your mug.

Click “Continue.”

Select “Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets” as your material and be sure that your machine is loaded with the Fine-Point Blade.

Select Material |Mug Wrap Design File |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: screenshot image of Mother's Day mug wraps.

Remove the clear plastic liner from your mat.

Remove Clear Liner |Mug Wrap Design File |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a Cricut standard grip mat.

Place your Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet onto the StandardGrip Mat. Use the gridlines to keep everything straight.

Place Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet on Mat |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a Cricut infusible ink sheet on a Cricut standard grip mat.

Load your mat into the machine and click the flashing “C” to begin cutting.

Begin Cutting |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a Cricut infusible ink sheet on a Cricut standard grip mat in a Cricut machine.

Step 2 – Weed Design 

Once your design has finished cutting, unload it from the machine.

Unload Mat |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a Cricut infusible ink sheet on a Cricut standard grip mat in a Cricut machine.

Flip your mat over and peel the mat away from your transfer.

Peel Transfer Sheet from Mat |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a Cricut infusible ink sheet on a Cricut standard grip mat.

Gently roll the cut area to remove the excess, negative space from your design. For more intricate designs, use tweezers to weed your design.

Weed Design |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a weed design.

Step 3 – Prep Mug 

Clean your mug using rubbing alcohol. Let it completely dry before placing your Infusible Ink design on it.

Clean Mug |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman cleaning a white mug.


If needed, secure it to your mug using heat-resistant tape. 

Heat-resistant tape prevents your transfer sheet from shifting during the press. You don’t want the transfer sheet to move around at all because it causes ghosting, leaving a lighter impression of the design to the side.

Step 4 – Apply Your Design Using the Cricut Mug Press

To heat up your Mug Press, plug it in and click the power button. The power button turns green when the press is completely heated up. 

Preheat Press |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman using a Cricut mug press.

The Mug Press only heats up to one temperature making it super easy to use.

Next, insert the mug into the press. Make sure that the lever is completely up when you insert it in. 

Insert Mug |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman using a Cricut mug press.

Once it’s in, press the lever down and let the mug press do the rest. 

Begin Press |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman using a Cricut mug press.

The five lights above the power button let you know how far along your mug is in the process. Once the press is complete, your machine will beep and all five lights will flash. 

To take the mug out, lift up on the lever and pull your mug straight up. 

Remove Mug |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman using a Cricut mug press.

CAUTION: Your mug is going to be extremely hot, so be extra careful taking it out.

Step 5 – Let Your Custom Mug Cool 

Set your mug on a heat-resistant surface and let it cool completely.

Let Mug Cool |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a mug on a oven mitt.

Once it is completely cool, remove the transfer sheet to reveal your custom mug.

Remove Transfer |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman transfering a label from a mug.

I hope you enjoyed learning a little more about the Cricut Mug Press!

Finished Design |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a Mother's Day mug.

For more Mug Press projects, check out my post HERE.

Mother's Day Mugs |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a Mother's Day mugs.

Now that you have your mug, it’s time to make the gift box! 

How to Make a DIY Mug Gift Box in 4 Easy Steps

Mother's Day Cricut Mug Gift Boxes |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a Mother's Day mugs in gift boxes.

For this project, you need:

DOWNLOAD THE FREE GIFT BOX SVG FILE HERE.

Supplies |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of Cricut tools.

Step 1 – Upload SVG File

To begin, download the mug box SVG file. You can find a link to download the file right below the supply list. 

Once you have the file downloaded, upload it to Design Space. 

Upload SVG |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: screenshot of Design Space.

Step 2 – Cut Design

Before you cut this out, you need to change the black cut line to a score line. Click on the black line, and change the Linetype to “Score.” 

Score Line |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: screenshot of Design Space.

Next, attach the score line to the box. Select both and hit “Attach.”

Attach |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: screenshot of Design Space.

Click “Make It.”

Make It |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: screenshot of Design Space.

Click “Continue.”

Preview Screen |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: screenshot of Design Space.

Select the material you are using.

Select Material |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: screenshot of Design Space.

Next, prepare your mat. 

Begin by removing the clear protective liner from your cutting mat. Set this somewhere safe since you need to put it back on your mat once you are finished using the mat. 

Remove Clear Liner |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman removing a clear liner.

Adhere your sheet of cardstock to the mat, using the gridlines as a guide. 

Place Cardstock |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman placing pink cardstock.

Following the prompts within Design Space, load your machine with either the scoring wheel or stylus. 

Scoring Wheel |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman inserting a scoring wheel.

Line your mat up and click the arrow button to load it in.

Insert Mat |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman using a Cricut machine.

Click the flashing “C” button to begin scoring. 

Begin Cutting |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman using a Cricut machine.

Once your machine has finished scoring, Design Space prompts you to switch blades. 

Without unloading your mat, unload the scoring stylus or wheel and load the Fine-Point Blade. 

Insert Fine-Point Blade |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman using a Cricut machine.

Click the flashing “C” button to begin cutting. 

Step 3 – Remove Cardstock from Mat

Once the machine has finished cutting, unload your mat. 

Unload Mat |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman using a Cricut machine.

Carefully remove the project from the mat by flipping the mat over and gently pulling the mat away from the cardstock. 

Remove Design |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman removing a cardstock design.

If you need a little help, you can use the spatula to lift up the cardstock. 

Step 4 – Assemble Box

Now that everything is cut out, it’s time to assemble the gift box. 

Cut Out Gift Box |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a cutout gift box.

I like to begin by folding in the sides of my box. 

Folding Sides of Box |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a cutout gift box.

Without securing the edge, we’re going to put together the bottom of the box. Secure the bottom by inserting the tab into the slot.

Secure Bottom of the Box |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a cutout gift box.

Secure the side of the box with glue or tape. Be sure to secure it to the inside of the box instead of the outside. 

Using Hot Glue, Secure the Side of the Box |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman assembling a cutout gift box.

Next, insert your mug! 

Inser Mug |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman putting a mug in a cardboard gift box.

Finally, close the top of the box. 

Begin by folding in the two sides with the handle loops. 

Close the Top of the Box |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman putting a mug in a cardboard gift box.

Next, you’re going to fold over these last two sides and secure the box by inserting the tab. 

Insert Tab |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman putting a mug in a cardboard gift box.

Now you have an adorable Mug Box! 

Finished Mother's Day Mug Box |Mother's Day Mug by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman putting a mug in a cardboard gift box.

If you create your own custom mug or mug box, be sure to post it on Instagram and tag me so I can see it!

Do you own a Mother’s Day mug? Let me know in a comment below!

2 thoughts on “DIY Mothers Day Mug Tutorial with the Cricut Mug Press”

  1. These are adorable! Thank you for the tutorials and the free files! The boxes make them even more awesome!
    Thanks a million!

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