You Complete Me {LOVE} Mugs

You Complete Me Love Mugs

Hello everyone!  I’m thrilled to be here today to share my latest project … a set of ‘you complete me’ LOVE mugs.  This set would be a great gift for someone special OR for that special couple.  With Valentine’s Day and wedding season just around the corner … you may just want to make a couple sets!

I love a good homemade gift … and I love a good thrift store find.  This project just happens to involve both!  When I spotted these white Crate and Barrel mugs at Goodwill the other week, I knew I would find a way to put them to good use!    At $0.99, I really couldn’t go wrong … right?!?!

You Complete Me Love Mugs


If your Goodwill doesn’t happen to have these beauties, Ikea and Target are also great sources of inexpensive plain white mugs.  Besides the mugs, you’ll need:

  • Adhesive letter stencils.  You could use a variety of stencils here (purchased letter stencils, stencils made with a Silhouette or Cricut and adhesive vinyl, etc).  I ended up using letter stickers from Target (sold in the poster aisle).  Instead of using the letters themselves (as I’m sure most people use these for, I used the outsides to form the stencil).
  • Embossing powder in two colors
  • White / clear stamp pad
  • Heat gun
You complete me LOVE MUGS



  1. Stick your letter stencils onto your mugs.  LO on one (handle facing left);  VE on the other mug (handle facing right).

    You Complete Me Love Mugs


  2. Put a little extra adhesive vinyl or painters tape around letter stencils just to make sure the stamp pad ink only goes on the inside of the letters.

    You Complete Me Love Mugs


  3. ‘Stamp’ the letters with your stamp pad as shown.  Make sure to cover all corners and edges.  The embossing powder will stick to any surface with the ink on it.

    You Complete Me Love Mugs


  4. Once all letters are covered with stamp pad ink, apply your embossing powder to the letters.  I applied the pink to the tops of the letters first, followed by the gold on the bottoms of the letters.

    You Complete Me Love Mugs


  5. Carefully peel off stencil and all extra tape/vinyl leaving just the letters with loose powder.

    You Complete Me Love Mugs


  6. Using heat gun, melt powder to mug, and … you’re COMPLETE!
You Complete Me Love Mugs



You Complete Me Love Mugs


I just love how these turned out!  The letters are raised just a bit to create some texture.  They’re dishwasher safe (which is a must … at least to me), so they should last year after year!  I love the idea that you need the pair to spell LOVE.  So sweet and sappy romantic!

Now, wrap ’em up, tie a cute gift tag on them, and give a special handmade (and very affordable) gift this year!


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Katie is the writer and creator of View From The Fridge. She is also the mom to two adorable little boys (and another baby on the way), and wife to a great guy! She loves to craft, decorate, dream up projects for her home, and she’s learning to love to cook (though not there quite yet). She started View From The Fridge in the fall of 2013. This just happened to correspond to when they purchased their current home. She wanted a place to share their updates, projects, lessons learned, and all her DIY crafts. Her husband is a Financial Advisor, therefore all of their projects are always on a budget (which is usually a lot less than she would prefer … but she loves a challenge). Katie also enjoys coffee, a good glass of wine or beer (when she's not expecting!), running, and anything outside. She lives in Minnesota and takes full advantage of the wonderful (but short) summer season outside with her family.

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  1. Thanks so much for letting me share this fun project! I’m honored to be a part of My Crafty Spot’s contributing team this year! Have a great weekend!

  2. These are awesome! Such a cute project! Love these 🙂

  3. We love a large coffee mugs around here. What a great idea for a really clever and creative gift for Valentine’s Day! This looks like fun, too. I just may have to try this!

  4. Love these mugs! I have never thought to use embossing powder in this way. Definitely trying this!

  5. I love these. Great way to spruce up plain mugs!

  6. Katie these are So pretty!! Thank you so much for linking up to the Inspiration Monday Party 🙂

    xo, Tanya

  7. These are awesome! I love that they are dishwasher safe and the design is adorable! Pinning. I’d love for you to come party with us at The Makers! It goes live Tuesday mornings at 8 eastern (on Hope to see you there!

  8. These are too cute! Thanks for the tutorial! ~Lisa

  9. I’m definitely doing something like this for my hubby! Pinned them to reference when I go to make them. So glad I found you over at the Link It Or Lump It Party!

  10. This is an absolutely awesome craft! I love how these turned out. Thank you SO much for sharing at this week’s Project Inspire{d} ~ pinning these babies!

    Mary Beth

  11. These are adorable! Pinned!

  12. Love love this creative idea! Checking it out from Tutorials and tips link party!

  13. This is adorable! Pinning so that I can make it soon. Great idea!

  14. SUCH a cute idea! I love the “you complete me” idea – so sweet!!! Visiting from the TitiCrafty Linky Party 🙂

  15. These are so cute! Just popping over from the do Tell Tuesday link party. Thanks for linking up!


  16. Super cute! Lovely idea! Thanks for sharing such great tutorial! Would love to have you visit me sometime:)
    Have a wonderful Valentine’ s Day!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  17. I ABSOLUTELY love these mugs Katie! Really great project they turned out amazing. I can’t wait to make some

  18. These are so stinkin’ cute! I am planning to get supplies to do mugs soon! Love them!

  19. Hey! found you from the 52 mantels link up and I’m glad I did. This has to be one of the most original mug DIY’s of seen around. I’ve been wanting to explore embossing and I think this is a great way to start!
    dija at

  20. Fabulous idea! I had no idea you could do that to a mug. I have a ton of fun embossing powder, I feel a project coming on! Thanks for sharing.

  21. Great DIY and being a frugal fashionista I love that they came from GW Boutique! Thanks for sharing and linking up with us at the #WWDParty – Happy Valentine’s Day.

  22. Cute project! Love that they are dishwasher safe too! Thank you for sharing!

  23. Love this so much, you’re being featured on The DIY’ers today!

  24. This is just ADORABLE! I love it, and it caught my eye at the party–I had to stop by!

    I would love it if you stopped by our Facebook page, and said “hello!”

    Your fan,
    ~Cathy Mini

  25. LOVE! These are adorable! Thanks for sharing and for linking up with us on our last Weekend Wind-Down Party (I’m late browsing due to a move!) – hope you link up again this weekend! God Bless!

  26. Very cool.