How to Print on Beer Mugs


Create decorative and personalized beer mugs with products designed to adhere to a glass surface. Slick, non-porous surfaces, such as a beer mug, can be tricky to print if you do not select the right materials. You can find everything you need to customize beer mugs with printed images, inspirational messages and monogrammed letters at local craft stores. Print a set of beer mugs to commemorate a special occasion or to celebrate a favorite hobby or team. Printed beer mugs can also be thoughtful gifts for beer-loving friends.

Things You'll Need

  • Beer mugs
  • Glass cleaner
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Stencils
  • Tape
  • Glass paint/paintbrush
  • Glass paint pens
  • Rubber stamp
  • Permanent solvent ink
  • Stamp cleaner

Printing Beer Mugs with Glass Paint

  • Clean the glass beer mug with glass cleaner. Dry the beer mug. Wipe rubbing alcohol over the beer mug surface where you plan to place the print design. Rubbing alcohol removes fingerprints; it will evaporate quickly.

  • Tape a stencil onto the beer mug over the space prepped for printing. Be careful not to touch the cleaned area with your fingers. Stencils are not necessary if you plan to freehand your print design.

  • Fill in the stencil cutouts with a light coat of glass paint with a paintbrush or with a glass paint pen. Allow the paint to dry. You can darken the printed letters or images by layering additional light paint applications; let the paint dry between each coat.

  • Remove the stencils. Bake the beer mug in the oven to set the glass paint. Follow the manufacturer's directions for baking temperatures and times.

Printing Beer Mugs with Ink

  • Select a rubber stamp, or stamps, with the desired images, words or letters. Clean the beer mug with glass cleaner and rubbing alcohol.

  • Press a permanent solvent ink pad onto the rubber stamp to cover the raised portions with ink.

  • Press the rubber stamp lightly onto the beer mug in the desired location for the print. Do not press down hard on the stamp; glass is a non-porous surface and the ink will spread. Rock the stamp from side to side to apply the print onto the glass. Remove the stamp. Allow the ink to dry.

  • Clean the ink from the stamp immediately with stamp cleaner. Permanent ink will stain rubber stamps.

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