Transferring a Picture to a Cup or Plate

Keep motivated during the day with simple memories of your loved ones by putting their faces on your coffee mug. A daily glance to your family's photo will get you inspired throughout the day.



  • photo printout(s)
  • white glue
  • ceramic mug (preferably white)
  • scissors
  • small amount of water


  1. Cut out the family picture.
  2. Apply white glue onto the mug. Spread it evenly on the space.
  3. Stick photo on the mug with its printed side facing inwards. See photo.
  4. Carefully press it with something to make sure it sticks very well and doesn't form any lumps.
  5. Apply small amount of glue over the photo.
  6. Spread it lightly all over. Let dry for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  7. When it's completely dried, wet your fingers with water and rub it lightly. Remember, do not use too much water.
  8. Continue rubbing it lightly and very carefully. Do not rush, just slowly rub off the layer until the photo is revealed.
  9. Apply another light layer of white glue and allow to dry to make it shiny. Then it's done.

Tip: When using a photo with words in it, set it to "mirror" before printing it out so that when you stick it onto your mug it will be readable.

  1. Be patient in rubbing the photo. It should be done very lightly, slowly and not too much pressure. I performed the last steps repeatedly as it tears apart on the rubbing process. Also do not apply too much water in it.
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April 26, 2010

How do I transfer a photo to a plate or cup?

By susie from Madison, AL


April 26, 20100 found this helpful
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There are kits available in craft stores like Michael's, that allows you to do it. I think the dish or plate has to be made from a certain composite that will allow the heat to seal the photo on the surface. I have also seen kiosks in the local malls here that can do it. They are a bit pricey but the quality they display looks very good. Photos are crisp and not blurry.

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Any company that specializes in sublimation can do this for you. Unless you decoupage the item (which then means that it cannot be used for food/drink), you will probably need to have someone with a proper heat press and sublimation equipment do it for you. This is not a process easily or cost effectively done at home.

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October 13, 2008

I'm looking for information on how to transfer a picture on to a cup or plate. I know how to use an iron-on to put a picture on a T-Shirt. Can I use a similar method to iron a picture on a cup?

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