Custom Holiday Mug
First Cut

Custom Holiday Mug

Have you ever customized a mug?

Even though this 3D mug is paper, I chose to use white flocked heat transfer material (typically used on fabric) so it would cling well to the curved surface. Plus, I love the fuzzy texture and the bright white image against the bold red paper.


Here’s how I made this mug.


The words are separate from the cup and each other, so I just arranged the pieces the way I liked. I then resized my “warm winter wishes” design so it was about 3” tall and 4” wide.


I chose flocked white heat transfer material as my medium, so I flipped the image horizontally, as is necessary with all heat transfer material designs. (Right click – Flip Horizontally)


You can cut a sheet or roll of heat transfer material directly in your machine without a mat, but I like to trim mine down to only the size I need and then use my cutting mat. I cut this flocked heat transfer material down to 4.5” w x 3.5” h, then placed it on my mat, shiny-side against the mat.


Warm Winter Wishes Flocked Heat Transfer On Mat


I cut it with the appropriate settings, then took it off my mat and weeded away the excess material.


Warm Winter Wishes Flocked Heat Transfer Weeded


The shiny backing that remains becomes the transfer paper, so I just flipped it so the shiny side was up and arranged it on the paper I cut for the outside wrap of the 3D mug.


Warm Winter Wishes Flocked Heat Transfer Apply to Paper


Then I ironed it on to my red paper so the heat transfer material would fuse to the paper. You can use a cloth to shield the plastic transfer material, but I have never had it melt when I iron directly on it. To avoid shifting the heated image, it’s best to press-hold-lift the iron instead of rubbing it back and forth.


The length of time necessary to heat the material depends on what you’re ironing it to. For paper, it only took a few seconds. Make sure you heat the entire image, and carefully lift the transfer material off to make sure the image is secure. (Careful—that plastic gets hot!)


Warm Winter Wishes Flocked Heat Transfer Iron Onto Paper


I assembled all my cut pieces for the 3D mug and followed the designer’s assembly tutorial.


Warm Winter Wishes Mug Pieces


Warm Winter Wishes Mug Empty


Finally, I filled it with some fancy hot chocolate packets and a few peppermint sticks to gift to a friend.


Warm Winter Wishes Mug by Kelly Wayment


I wish you could feel this fuzzy white design! Have fun with today’s freebie!


Warm Winter Wishes Flocked Heat Transfer Closeup


Kelly Wayment

Hi! I'm Kelly Wayment and have loved working with Silhouette America on their design team since 2013 and contributing to their YouTube videos since 2017. I live in Utah with my husband and four kids. The Silhouette machine has literally changed the course of my life as it has turned my simple hobbies into ways to push the boundaries with my creativity, along with innumerable opportunities to teach and share that joy with others. You can find my blog at

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Products Used:

New Silhouette CAMEO®


CAMEO Cutting Mat


9-inch flocked heat transfer


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  1. What a darling use of this free design! I knew I should have ordered some white flocked heat transfer when it was on sale. The flocking really adds such a nice touch.
    Thanks for sharing Kelly. Merry Christmas!!!

  2. So cute! Love the fuzzy sentiment.

  3. Kelly, this is such a great idea and you are so awesome! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Kelly, thank you for this blog. I, too, wish I had bought some of this white flocked material during the sale! I had no idea what the heat transfer material was, even though I did look at it and wondered how I could use it. I’ll definitely be using it for next Christmas-and probably before! 🙂

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