Whether you’re a diehard Harry Potter fanatic or know of someone who is, these custom Harry Potter mugs would be the perfect gift to make the Potterhead in your life!
I will never forget how disgusted I was the first time I ever drank coffee. It was at a close friend’s family reunion and we (being 13 and absolutely full of ourselves ridiculous) thought we were so cool sneaking sips of coffee when our parents weren’t looking. I’ll never forget the bitterness of black coffee and the laughs we endured when our parents eventually caught us cradling our cups in the corner of the room.
Six years later I started working at Borders Book Store and helped out in the coffee shop upstairs every-so-often (ironic, no?). It was there that I discovered the Americano and they joys of an espresso buzz. That first bitter taste at 13 was slowly becoming a distant memory. And when I finally figured out that I could add ten (yes, ten….I have a sugar problem) pumps of caramel into my coffee cups I discovered my love of coffee. And my obsession with coffee mugs. I mean, the two do go hand in hand.
To this day I still cannot drink a cup of black coffee. I have to load it up with cream and sugar or I just can’t drink it. Chris doesn’t understand my coffee addiction (or my sugar one for that matter), which is fine by me because that means I don’t have to share my beloved k-cups. But he does love a good and clever coffee mug. As long as it’s something nerdy and fun, of course!
Twice a year I love to hunker down on the weekend and have a Harry Potter movie marathon. When Chris and I first started dating I told him he either had to watch the movies with me or we weren’t going to work out. He, being the ever so flexible guy that he is, chose to spend one weekend watching nothing but Harry Potter with me and actually liked them! I figured if he could put up with my insane obsession with the wizarding world he’d be the guy for me.
Now that we have a baby it’s a little harder to watch eight movies in two days. Our Harry Potter weekends have become Harry Potter months, but that’s okay with us. We usually put our little guy down for a nap and are able to watch one movie while he sleeps. And sometimes we put one in after he goes to bed in the evenings. Though, most of the time Chris finds me passed out and drooling next to my coffee mug about halfway through and then we give up and just go to bed. That’s what having kids has done to me. No more late night Harry Potter binge watching unfortunately!
If you love Harry Potter as much as we do, you can make your own Harry Potter mugs in just a few simple steps! Here’s how:
- Blank Coffee Mugs
- Oracle 651 vinyl (I ordered this sample pack from Amazon)
- Contact Paper
- Silhouette Cameo
- Harry Potter designs (download Hermione’s silhouette here)
Cut out the designs on your vinyl and weed them. If this is your first time using Oracle 651 (which is a more permanent type of vinyl) I would suggest trying to cut designs that are bigger and don’t have too many small pieces (I say this after many attempts at trying to cut a different design and failing miserably).
Place contact paper over top your designs and then cut them out. Make sure you cut close to your designs without accidentally cutting the vinyl! It makes applying your design to the cup much easier.
To put my designs on a curved surface, I followed this tutorial and also found this one to be helpful! Sometimes it’s a little difficult to get your designs to curve the way they need to so you may need some extra help!
Smooth the designs out and peel back the contact paper. And now, sit back and admire your work!
Honestly these mugs were super easy and I am so excited about how they turned out! Even Chris was impressed and couldn’t wait to use his, so I guess we’ll be having some hot apple cider in the near future. I’m thinking a Harry Potter book or movie marathon is called for, especially now that I can show my HP pride with these fun Harry Potter mugs!
If you make these mugs for yourself, please be aware that they are not dishwasher safe. You don’t want to ruin all that hard work!