Cricut Mug Press Ultimate Guide to Infusible Ink Mugs

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Learn all about the Cricut Mug Press and how you can use it to make flawless dishwasher and microwave safe mugs every time!

Cricut has a fun little machine called the Cricut Mug Press! This is a smart mug press with a ton of innovative features. I love making mugs and I’ve been using the Cricut Mug Press to make amazing mugs for several years now. The best thing about the Cricut Mug Press is how easy it is to use — within minutes of opening the kit, I was able to create a beautiful dishwasher- and microwave-safe mug with vibrant color. A few days later, I used it to make last-minute gifts for my family that impressed them and they fit perfectly in my mug boxes! I’ve now made many mugs with the mug press and I’m excited to show you and tell you everything I’ve learned about the Cricut Mug Press! You’re going to love this!

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Cricut Mug Press Ultimate Guide to Infusible Ink Mugs

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So I know what a big deal it is to be able to make customized, washable mugs based on all of your feedback and questions. I recently shared a dishwasher-safe method, but it takes 28 days to cure … and it’s not microwave safe. To get a dishwasher and microwave safe mug up to now, you had to get a clunky mug heat press, or a big heat press with a mug attachment to sublimate a design … it is a steep learning curve for most people to figure out heat and press settings and sublimation printing, and it is NOT easy.

BUT now, there is a simpler solution to better mugs: the Cricut Mug Press. Cricut graciously gifted me with their new smart mug press to try out before it was available in stores on March 11, BUT I am free to let you know what I REALLY think of it, as always!

In a nutshell, the Cricut Mug Press is a SUPER user friendly mug press that lets you make beautiful mugs in minutes. There are no heat or pressure settings to remember and the results are amazing. It’s small, easy-to-use, and works like a champ. Every mug I’ve made has turned out gorgeous. These mugs feel like what you’d buy at Target or wherever  — they’re smooth, shiny, and look super professional. Better than vinyl or screen printing — the ink infuses right into the surface of the mug and the transfer is utterly seamless.

Cricut Mug Press has one touch operations -- it sets the temperature and pressure for you!

How Does the Cricut Mug Press Work?

You just cut Cricut Infusible Ink sheets (any size) in the design you want, wrap your cut design on a special Infusible Ink-compatible mug, put the mug in the mug press, and then the mug press takes the temperature of your mug and the room to determine the right heat and pressure for you. Then about 5-6 minutes later, you have a gorgeous mug. It’s literally just design, cut, apply, and press. That’s what makes this SO easy.

Just a few of the mug designs you can make with the Cricut Mug Press

The Cricut Mug Press has just ONE button, and that’s the power button. The press operation itself begins when you push down on the handle. The zone heating in the press itself — a feature I haven’t found on any other mug press — infuses your design onto the surface of your mug so that the top edge looks just as good as the bottom edge. And the Cricut Mug Press has an auto-off feature for peace of mind. It’s designed to be easy, and it is.

Now I know you’ll have lots of questions, so I have a whole tutorial on how to unbox, setup, and do a customized mug with the Cricut Mug Press with you so you know exactly how that works, then we’ll make one of these pretty mugs with the fancy edges that I’ve designed for you to use free. Watch the setup and first press video here!

Unboxing the Cricut Mug Press and supplies

Where do I get a Cricut Mug Press?

You can get your own Cricut Mug Press, Cricut Mugs, and mug-size Infusible Ink Sheets in the Cricut shop, Amazon, Michaels, Joann, Target, HSN, Hobby Lobby, and Walmart. Retail price is $199 for the mug press itself, while a box of two 12 oz. mugs is $6.99, a box of two 15 oz. mugs is $8.99, and a gray & white 15 oz. mug is $5.99. You can also get larger quantities of mugs at a discount — a box of six 12 oz. mugs is $19.99, a box of 36 mugs is $74.99, and a box of six 15 oz. mugs is $24.99.

Cricut branded mugs are Infusible Ink poly-coated mugs that transfer really well

Cricut Mug Press bundles are also available — you can get an Essentials Bundle with the mug press, 4 mugs, 2 boxes of Infusible Ink, a marker, and a roll of heat resistant tape for $249.94 and an Everything Bundle with the mug press, 8 mugs, 12 boxes of Infusible Ink, pens and markers, and a roll of heat resistant tape for $313.85.

Tip: If you get Cricut Access (or already have it), you’ll get DISCOUNTS! This is a great time to sign up for Cricut Access because it can pay for itself very quickly with the purchase of the Cricut Mug Press, Cricut mugs, and Infusible Ink. Learn all about Cricut Access here.

My Cricut Mug Press Tricks & Tips:

  • Only use Infusible Ink-ready mugs sold by Cricut or sublimation blank mugs. Do not try to use a dollar store mug with this as it will NOT work — those are not sublimation or Infusible Ink ready and have no poly coating for the Infusible Ink to . You need a mug with straight sides between 11 and 16 oz.
  • Use a 12″ x 12″ EasyPress pressing pad underneath your Cricut Mug Press to serve several purposes — it’ll protect your surface while pressing, it’ll give you a place to rest cooling mugs, and it’ll let you move your mug press around on your work surface so you can cut or weed.
  • Get your design on straight and centered every time by wrapping the design around the mug from the back center and around to the front. Watch my tutorial videos to see exactly how I do this.
  • Make sure your liners are pressed tightly against your mug for the best result. You can use heat resistant tape to keep things in place, though I find I rarely need it.
  • Nudge your handle a smidge to the left after you place it in your mug press and before you push down on the handle, as this will allow your left design edge to be fully covered by the heat plate.
  • Allow your mug to cool before you remove your liner, regardless of how tempted you are to look at it. Leaving the liner on helps the ink infuse into the surface and prevents you from burning your fingers!
  • Don’t put the mug in upside down — the zone heating system will help heat the bottom of the mug so you get consistent transfers (a feature missing in other mug presses) and you’ll lose that perk if you put it in upside down.
  • You can layer Infusible Ink for gorgeous and colorful mugs and I’ll show you how in a special multi-color mug tutorial coming up soon!
  • You can use both the large size of Infusible Ink transfer sheets and the special mug-size sheets. If you use the large size, put your transfer sheet on your cutting mat FACE UP with the sheet curl going from side to side, rather than top to bottom, as this will make it easier to wrap around your mug later.

Answers to Your Questions about the Cricut Mug Press

Here are helpful answers to questions about getting and using the Cricut Mug Press:

Q: When can I buy a Cricut Mug Press?
The Cricut Mug Press is available in the Cricut shop, Amazon, Michaels, Joann, Target, HSN, Hobby Lobby, and Walmart (online and in-store).

Q: What kind of mug can I use for my Cricut Mug Press project?
Your mug must have a poly coating and straight walls. It is important to look for sublimation (poly-coated) mugs. Other mugs will not work. The Cricut Mug Press accommodates mugs in sizes from 11 oz. – 16 oz without any manual adjustment.

Q: Do I have to only use Cricut mugs?
You will need to use straight-walled, sublimation compatible drinkware. Cricut has tested their mugs and verified that they work the best, but you can use other brands.

Q: Do I need to use a white mug?
For the best, most vibrant, results we suggest that you use a white mug for your Infusible Ink project, as the ink is transparent.

Q: Are mugs made in the Cricut Mug Press safe for use in the microwave and dishwasher?
Yes, they are totally safe in the dishwasher and microwave immediately after they’re cooled enough for you to handle — there is no cure time!

Q: Can I use vinyl with my Cricut mug project?
Since there is a chance the material can transfer to the heat plate, using vinyl is not recommended. You can always put an additional vinyl design on your mug AFTER you are done pressing your mug in the Cricut Mug Press, though! Just be aware that if you add vinyl to a mug, it will not be microwave safe and you may need to seal it if you want to put it in a dishwasher.

Q: Where can I use the Cricut Mug Press?
You can use it anywhere you have good ventilation, so near an open window or with a fan going. Put your Cricut Mug Press on a heat resistant surface, such as an EasyPress pad, to avoid damaging anything underneath.

Q: How do I center my image on my mug?
The trick I use is to keep the handle facing me and then wrap the design starting from the opposite side of the handle, keeping the wrap straight. If it doesn’t start to stick evenly, you can take it off and try again.

Q: When I turned my Cricut Mug Press on, it smelled funny. Is it going to keep doing this?
The first time you use the mug press it may have a smell, but it should go away after you use it — that’s what happened for me!

Q: How long do I need to let my mug cool?
You need to wait 15-30 minutes to let the mug cool down after coming out of the Cricut Mug Press before touching and removing the liner. The handle will stay cool to the touch, but the cup itself will be hot, so don’t touch.

Q: Can I adjust the temperature setting on my Cricut Mug Press?
No, the machine does not allow you to change the temperature settings. But you also do not need to worry about it, because the Cricut Mug Press is doing that for you — it takes the temperature of the mug and the ambient room to determine the correct temperature and pressure settings. This is a SMART mug press.

Q: How close to the handle can my mug design be?
Your design can wrap to ½ inch from the handle. If your design is closer than ½ inch to the handle, the design cannot be heated thoroughly enough to transfer properly and you’ll see fading or discoloration. All of my free mug designs are set up so that they are not within that safety zone of the handle.

Q: Can I use Cricut Infusible Ink Pens and Markers?
Yes, totally — they make beautiful mugs! When you make a design with pens or markers, use three layers of butcher paper or copy paper on top of your design to protect your machine from ink bleeding through the paper.

Infusible Ink Pen and Marker mugs made with the Cricut Mug Press

Q: Can I use regular pens and markers?
No, you will need to use Infusible Ink Pens and Markers. They have a special chemical composition that turns to a gas under high heat and becomes a part of the mug itself! A regular pen or marker won’t be able to do that.

Q: Can I use my iPad/iPhone/Android?
For the initial set-up of the Cricut Mug Press, you will need to have a computer or laptop. If you don’t have one of your own, just use a friend or family member’s to setup your Cricut Mug Press through Cricut Design Space. After that is done, you can use an iPhone, iPad, or Android device to design great new mugs and you do NOT need to plug your Cricut Mug Press into your computer again (aside from any future firmware updates necessary).

Q: Do I have to use small Cricut Mug Press Infusible Ink transfer sheets, or can I use the large Infusible Ink transfer sheets I already have?
No, you can cut the sheets you already have down to size and they will work just fine! Just remember to mirror your image!!

Infusible Ink transfer sheets for the Cricut Mug Press

Q: When I cut my Infusible Ink for my mugs, the template doesn’t cut through the liner like yours does in your tutorials. How do I fix this?
Go the menu with three lines in the upper left corner, select Manage Custom Materials, find the Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet settings, and change your pressure to 268.

Q: Can I use any kind of tape?
No, you have to use only heat-resistant tape. If you use regular tape, it will melt adhesive onto your design and mug press, so don’t do that.

Q: How long does this pressing process take with the Cricut Mug Press?
It depends on the temperature of your room and your mug, but it should take somewhere around 5-6 minutes or so. Your Cricut Mug Press will automatically determine the press time for you, so you don’t have to worry about timing anything.

Q: Why do I have blue dots or specks of color on my mug?
The blue dots are dust! It is very important to get the mug absolutely free of dust, which you do by using a lint roller on the mug right before you press it. You’ll also want to make sure that when you weed the Infusible Ink sheet that no little stray little dots of ink accidentally fall onto the sections that should be clear. So always check both your liner and your mug before you press the design.

Q: I can’t find where I am supposed to set up this machine in Cricut Design Space! All I see are “Machine” and “Easy Press”!
Cricut Mug Press setup is located under the Heat Press picture.Setting up a new Cricut Mug Press in Cricut Design Space

What Projects Do You Have for the Cricut Mug Press?

I have designed dozens of free mug projects for you to customize and make! I have full coverage designs, inspirational quote decals, multi-color designs, and designs that use the pens and markers in your machine or done by hand!

Just a few of the mug designs you can make with the Cricut Mug Press

Here is a tutorial on how to customize, cut, apply, and press a full coverage Infusible Ink mug on your Cricut Mug Press:

How to Create an Infusible Ink Mug on the Cricut Mug Press

Cricut Mug Press mugs with infusible ink and fancy edges

Infusible Ink Mug with Fancy Edge Wrap

Yield: 1 mug
Prep Time: 11 minutes
Active Time: 6 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Make a beautiful and personalized mug with the Cricut Mug Press and my fancy wrap design, which features top-to-bottom ink coverage for a vivid, shiny look!

Instructions

STEP 1: SETUP YOUR CRICUT MUG PRESS

If you've already done this, skip to step 2.

To setup your Cricut Mug Press, position yourself within two feet (24 inches) of your computer as you'll need to connect the Mug Press to your computer. (Yes, you need to have a desktop or laptop running Cricut Design Space to setup your Mug Press — if you don't have a computer of your own, do this at a friend or family's computer initially.) You cannot skip activation, as the press will not power on without it.

Open the box and pull out the Cricut Mug Press, power cord, and USB setup cord.

Carefully remove the plastic and note that there's a sticker on the power button — it tells you to get started and activate your product, go to cricut.com/setup

If you already have Cricut Design Space downloaded on your computer, going to cricut.com/setup will take you to Design Space and open the New Machine Setup. But you can also just open Design Space, click on the icon with three lines in the upper left corner, choose New Machine Setup.

Setting up a new Cricut Mug Press in Cricut Design Space

In New Machine Setup, click on Heat Press, then click Cricut Mug Press.

Setting up a new Cricut Mug Press in Cricut Design Space

Follow the directions onscreen to activate your Cricut Mug Press. Step 1 is to place the mug press on a heat-resistant surface in a well-ventilated area — so turn on the fan or work near an open window. If you're using a self-healing cutting mat like I am, that's fine for the initial setup as most cutting mats like this are heat resistant, but extended heat exposure will decrease the mat's lifespan and weaken its bonds. I recommend you use a Cricut EasyPress mat instead, which you'll see me using later — the 12" x 12" size fits the Cricut Mug Press with extra room for cooling mugs.

When you're ready, click the right arrow.

Step 2 of the Cricut Mug Press setup is to plug your Cricut into a wall outlet and power on the Cricut Mug Press. The power button will turn orange when it is heating up. The heat plate may give off a smell when you first use it, which will likely dissipate with time, so don't worry!

When you're ready, click the right arrow.

Cricut Mug Press plugged into a power outlet

Step 3 of the Cricut Mug Press setup is to plug the USB cord into the back of your Cricut mug press, then connect the USB cord to your computer. Do not try to connect it to your Cricut Maker' machines USB port as that will NOT work — it needs to go into a desktop or laptop computer. If you have a laptop without a USB port, you can buy an inexpensive USB C hub adapter to use. Note that the setup cord is only 24 inches long, so if you can't get within two feet of your computer, use a USB extension cord to get more reach (this is what I did).

When ready, click the Continue button, which will only become available once Cricut Design Space detects that you've connected the Cricut Mug Press.

Connecting the Cricut Mug Press to a computer

Once you've connected the Cricut mug press to your computer via USB, you're asked to add the Cricut Mug Press to your Cricut ID. Verify that this is the right email and account, then agree to the terms of service and click Activate.

Cricut will do a firmware update and make sure all settings are up-to-date. This is important, as so much of the hard work is done by the mug press as it figures out the heat and pressure settings FOR you.

Cricut Design Space updates the firmware of the Cricut Mug Press

When the update is done, you're ready to go! From this point on, you can use the mug press without connecting it to your computer, so remove the USB cable and keep it safe in case Cricut asks you to do a firmware update again.

Cricut Mug Press all updated

By this time, your Cricut Mug Press is likely all heated up — it will beep at you and the power button will turn green when it is ready to go!

Tip: Put your Cricut Mug Press on a 12" x 12" EasyPress mat — not only does this provide heat resistance wherever you are, but it will give you room to cool off mugs and it makes it easy to slide your mug press out of the way while you cut your mug design. If you don't have a pressing mat like this, you can just use a folded bath towel.



STEP 2: DESIGN A PERSONALIZED MUG

Now you need a cute design to personalize for your mug! You'll find a "Mug Design Setup" under Projects if you want to start from scratch, as well as pre-made mug designs under Images, but I want to make this super simple for you by creating an easy and beautiful design that shows off the awesomeness of the Cricut Mug Press.

So I designed several mug wraps perfect for personalization that you can download from my free resource library. The “Fancy Wraps" I used for these mugs are design #288. You can find the patterns by searching the page for the design number and then click it to download the SVG cut file.

Open Cricut Design Space and upload the SVG file. If you’re not sure how to upload a SVG cut file to Cricut Design Space, watch this helpful video training series I made for you

Inside the folder are six different mug wrap designs, all of which match some of my most popular projects — butterflies (which matches the butterfly heart canvas), hearts (which matches my paper heart tree canvas), flowers (which matches the flower dress canvas), stars (which matches my star lanterns), filigree (which matches my filigree cards and favor boxes), and a blank wrap. For this tutorial, I'll show you how to personalize the butterfly wrap, but just know that they will all work the same way.

Fancy Edge Mug Wraps designed by JennfierMaker for Cricut Mug Press

Here's what the "mug-wrap-butterflies-jennifermaker-SVG" file looks like in Design Space when you upload it.

Fancy wrap mug design with butterflies uploaded to Cricut Design Space

There are TWO sizes of mug designs in all of my files — the smaller one on top is for the 12 oz. mug, while the larger one on the bottom is for the 15 oz. mug. Hide or delete the size you do not need by selecting the layer and clicking the eye icon (to hide it) or the trash can icon (to delete it).

At this point, this design alone makes for a pretty mug and you can go ahead and cut this out as is — just skip to step 3. But if you'd like to PERSONALIZE your design, you can add text, images, or both. Let me show you how to add text and a small image.

Click on Text on the left and type a word, name or phrase. Then click the font menu at the top and choose a font you like. I'm choosing a font called Tingler because it's both a beautiful script font and a stencil font, which will make weeding super easy.

Note that the letters are not touching yet, which we want for a pretty look and easier weeding. To change this, click on the dropdown menu below Letter Space at the top of the screen and reduce letter spacing until all letters are touching and look good.

Reposition and resize the text on your mug wrap until you're happy.

If you want to add more text with the same sizing and letter spacing, right click on the layer and choose Duplicate, then move the new text line into position, double-click it, and add your new words.

You can resize both text layers by selecting both (hold down the Shift key as you click on each layer) and use the resize button in the lower

Now I want my text to lift and dip like the flight of a butterfly, so I'm going to curve each of these two layers separately. To do this, I click on the first text layer, then click on Curve at the top and slide the diameter over to the right to make it curve up. Then select the second text layer, click on Curve again, and slide the diameter over to the left to make it curve down. Adjust as necessary until you are happy with the results. Isn't this pretty?

Now we need to cut these words out of the mug wrap itself. To do this, first weld the text layers together. Next, select both the weld layer and the mug layer -- which should just be two layers -- and click Slice. This removes the text from the mug wrap. Just delete the sliced out words until you are left with just the mug wrap, like this:

If you'd like to add an image, click on Images and search for something like a butterfly. You can click on Ownership and choose Free to only see free images. When you find one, click it to add it to your Canvas.

Now just position, resize, and rotate until you think it looks good. When you're happy, click on the image and your mug wrap to select both, then click Slice again. Delete the extra sliced layers until you have just ONE layer remaining -- your mug wrap with the image sliced out.

Ta da! A beautiful and personalized mug design!

STEP 3: CUT OUT YOUR INFUSIBLE INK

Once you have your mug design, click on Make It in the upper right corner.

On the Prepare screen, be SURE to MIRROR your design. All Infusible Ink designs for the Cricut Mug Press should be mirrored. Just click the toggle on the left side until it turns green, then click Continue.

Now set your material. Click on Browse All Materials and search for Infusible Ink. I also recommend more pressure to be sure it cuts through the Infusible Ink transfer sheet.

You can use the full size Infusible Ink transfer sheets, or the smaller Infusible Ink transfer sheets that are already sized for the Cricut Mug Press. I'm going to use a scrap of Infusible Ink I have leftover from another project. Mugs make for great scrap buster projects because they don't often require a lot of Infusible Ink.

Place your Infusible Ink matte color side UP (which means shiny carrier sheet side down) on your cutting mat. Make sure the fine-point blade is loaded into the Cricut.

Note: I recommend you wash and dry your hands immediately before handling Infusible Ink to avoid transferring any oils to the surface.

Load your mat and press the flashing button to begin cutting. The butterfly wrap takes about 8 minutes to cut.

When you are done cutting, unload the mat, flip the mat over onto your work surface, and peel the mat away from the Infusible Ink carefully. I've designed my mug wraps so that the outside template will cut out of the larger Infusible Ink transfer sheet — this makes it super easy to apply to your mug later on.

Note: If for any reason it doesn't cut all the way through the outside as mine does, you can either trim it later with scissors or next time you cut increase your pressure in your Custom Material Settings. (I have my Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet material settings on 268 pressure and it works like a champ.)

STEP 4: WEED YOUR INFUSIBLE INK DESIGN

Once you cut out your Infusible Ink, you want to weed it, which means to remove all the extra bits that you don’t want to transfer to your mug. To get started, roll and gently bend the transfer sheet up and down until the edges of the design begin to lift from the carrier sheet.

Now you can just weed the extra bits away with your fingers. You are welcome to also use a weeding tool, but I find it works best if I just bend the sheet away from me slightly and pull it right up with my fingers. I designed this mug wrap so it would be super easy to weed, because I am not a big fan of weeding! I kept large areas connected so you could peel them off in one fell swoop.

I was able to weed this design in about 3 minutes.

Once you've finished weeding, flip your design over so you can see how it will appear once it is on your mug and look for any missing bits you forgot to weed. Also check for any tiny bits that may be stuck somewhere but do not belong ... like a little dot from a letter.

STEP 5: WRAP YOUR DESIGN AROUND YOUR MUG

Now it's time to wrap your design onto your mug!

Begin by cleaning the surface of your mug with a lint roller. This removes any dirt or dust and get the surface as clean as possible, and makes sure the Infusible Ink transfers cleanly and vividly.

To get the design on straight and centered. position the mug with the handle pointing at you, just like this.

Now position the wrap behind the mug, with the matter color side facing the mug and the bottom of the sheet touching your work surface, and center it on the mug.

Slowly wrap the design around the mug, watching how much you have on each side as you do so to keep it centered. Keep the design touching the work surface to keep it straight.

Your goal is to stretch the design tightly across the mug. It's also important that your design be at least a 1/2 inch away from the handle -- if you go beyond that, you may see fading at the edge of your design. Feel free to reposition it until it is right.

When it looks good, press down on the sticky carrier sheet to adhere it to the mug's surface. If your carrier sheet doesn't seem to want to stick very well, you can add some heat resistant tape just under the handle to bridge the two sides, but avoid putting the tape over any place where you see Infusible Ink.

And that's it! Your design is wrapped around your mug and it's time to press it! You do NOT need to cover your design with butcher paper if you're just using Infusible Ink transfer sheets!

STEP 6: PRESS THE MUG WITH THE CRICUT MUG PRESS

With the Cricut Mug Press powered on and the power button green (which indicates it is ready), hold your wrapped mug by the handle and place it in the heating chamber.

Note: If your Cricut Mug Press does not power on, this means you haven't activated it yet — review step 1.

Pay attention to where the mug handle is and make sure the heat plate appears to be covering all of your design. I usually move my handle a bit to the left rather than center it.

Now close the clamp on the top of the Cricut Mug Press and check that the heat plates are completely covering your design. If not, immediately open the clamp, reposition the mug (you'll probably want to rotate the handle a bit to the left), and close the clamp again.

Closing the clamp starts the pressing process. There is no other button to push or settings to worry about. The Cricut Mug Press takes the temperature of your mug and the ambient temperature of your room, and determines the correct settings for you. The little lights on the top of the Cricut Mug Press indicate the progress of your press — an average mug takes about six minutes to press.

When the Cricut Mug Press is finished, it will beep at you. Lift up on the clamp to release it and pull the mug out by the handle, which will NOT be hot. Be careful not to touch the heat plate with the back of your fingers or touch any other part of the mug, as it will be quite hot.

Immediately place your mug on a heat-resistant surface to cool. I place my mug on the same mat I am using for my mug press itself as it's right there and super convenient.

Allow the mug to cool down before you remove the transfer sheet. This takes anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes.

STEP 7: SHOW IT OFF

When the mug is cool enough to handle, pull off an end of the transfer sheet under the handle and unwrap your beautiful mug! The color is gorgeous from top to bottom, vivid and consistent.

And that's all there is to this! Once you've used your Cricut Mug Press for the first time, you'll see how simple it is to make consistently beautiful mugs in minutes. I know I was amazed at how great it looked on my first try. The Cricut Mug Press is easy, which is really good because easy means we're more likely to use it when we need it and be happy with the results!

Notes

If you want to make other types of mug designs with your Cricut Mug Press, I have tutorials on those as well! I teach you how to apply a simple decal design, how to layer Infusible Ink for a multi-color design, how to draw a design in your Cricut with an Infusible Ink marker or pen, and how to draw a design freehand.

If you go for a smaller design on your mug, one that does not have full coverage like this fancy wrap design, I recommend you trim the Infusible Ink liner as close to your design as possible to minimize the transfer of anything you don't want like dust.

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You’ll find my tutorial on how to create decal-style mugs with cute coffee quotes and motivations sayings in this post, and my tutorial on how to create layered Infusible Ink mugs with multiple colors in this post.

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42 Comments

  1. Hi Jennifer! I am so excited about the Mug Press!! That’ll be a perfect Mother’s Day gift… for ME! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Quick question though- do you think using the Cricut Maker and transferring to the mug works just as well??

    1. Hi Christine! I am not sure I understand your question. You design your decal on your Maker, have it cut out of infusible ink, and then apply that decal to your mug and insert it into the mug press.

  2. How is it possible that the outline of your mug wrap cuts all the way THROUGH the infusible ink sheet but the rest of the design just cuts out as normal ie. Just cuts through the ink later leaving the sticky backing???

    1. Hi Holly, We set up that outside cut layer to have a certain level of pressure, it also does it twice so as to ensure it cuts all the way through.

  3. Good Morning Jennifer:

    I have the second heat press in your video. My question is, I also have a sublimation color printer and sublimation paper. If I was to purchase the cricut mug press,
    can I still user my sublimation printer and paper with the cricut mug press and the .svg file with the cricut maker to cut out the design?

    1. Hi Robert! I actually plan on buying a sublimation printer and paper to test this very thing! I don’t see why not but I haven’t tried it yet! Stay tuned!

  4. So sad, the bundle, I wanted is not in stock today, the 11th of March. I did put the code in, you gave in the announcement for the mug press, (MAKERFUN) and it said it did not apply to the Cricut Machines. Any thoughts, is anybody else having problems making it work?

  5. Good afternoon Jennifer I am in Australia Brisbane can I buy the mug press machine from you? If yes please advise full starter package price. I am a first time user. Appreciate your reply thank you Josephine

    1. Hi Josephine! I do not sell any of the Cricut products directly. I do hope they expand their reach to other countries later this year though!

  6. Hey there! What are your thoughts on using sublimation travel mugs (stainless steel) in this mug press?? Iโ€™m super new to all of this ๐Ÿ™‚ thank you!

  7. Hi Jennifer. Are there other brands of infusible ink or other products similar to Cricut Infusible? thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and projects. Pam

  8. hi jennifer! thanks so much for all your tutorials. are you going to offer templates for the mugs or know the sizes?

  9. We just got a mug press and went through this process step-by-step with some infusible ink sheets (paisley – it was beautiful), but when the machine finished and beeped at us, we opened it up and the transfer tape had melted and stuck to the inside of the press. There was also lots of adhesive stuck to the mug. It mostly came off fine, but there was some smeared ink here and there on the mug. Any idea what could have caused that?

    1. Hi Josh! Your press might have misunderstood its conditions, make sure your room isn’t too cold. Also, make sure no part of the tape is accidentally folded over towards the pressing plate.

  10. hello I wanted to know if you have videos that show us how to download the designs for the press mug the butterfly stars etc. Thank you

  11. Hi, I am a Joy user. When I attempt to cut your amazing mug wraps, the Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet will not come up as a material option to cut it. The “material load type” defaults to without mat. Is there a way to change it so I can cut them on my Joy? Thank you for the help!

    1. Kimzer, when you are going through the setup process, just before cutting, you will get a pop-up menu that asks if you want to load materials with or without the mat, choose the mat option. This will allow you to select infusible ink.

  12. Hi Jennifer,
    I just saw a glass mug on the Cricut website and I love it! Are there any guidelines as to the poly coating that is required on the ceramic mugs?
    Thanks for sharing all your beautiful work!

  13. I am trying to use the fancy mug wrap design and the cricuit keeps cutting out the butterflies instead of the big edge all the way around. Can you help me? I have attached the picture and flattened the project and it still does it. I have unattached the picture and flattened and it does it. I am baffled.

    1. Hi Donna! The Cricut is supposed to cut out around each butterfly, you then remove all the material left around the butterflies to reveal the butterflies and large decorative area. Feel free to reach out to my team at [email protected] with photos of the issue if you feel something is still not right.

  14. Hi Jennifer. I’ve made 2 mugs so far and they are absolutely beautiful. My only problem is that the wrap isn’t sticking to my mugs (I’m using the cricut 15 oz mugs) so I’ve used heat resistant tape to connect the wrap by the handle. But, on both mugs you can see the tape marks. I don’t know how to fix this so any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    1. This must be very frustrating! Here is the link for Cricut FAQ, which is the best place to go for answers with our amazing Cricut products!

  15. The instructions donโ€™t say how big to size the templates for mug do they upload to correct size?

    1. They sure do, Angela! The top SVG is for 12 oz. mugs and the bottom SVG is for 15 oz. mugs!

  16. I have ruined my wife’s new Mug Press. I tried making her a mother’s day gift using her Mug Press. I turned the sublimation paper around the ink facing out!!!! Lord Jesus help this man…The mug press inside was a nice aqua and now is PINKish!!! Can you help????? I will buy her another one without hesitation if it can’t be fixed..

    1. We are experts with projects, Darrin, and leave questions about Cricut products to the experts there! All may not be lost, though! Please get in touch with their great Customer Support team for help. You score big brownie points in our book first by trying to make your wife something and then by admitting you made a mistake! ๐Ÿ˜€

  17. tried to make a mug with my design on it,followed all the steps but whn I removed the paper the design was not on my cup. Need help Please

    1. Were you using a Cricut or sublimation mug, Janet? If you start off with the wrong kind of mug, the design won’t transfer properly. ๐Ÿ™‚

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