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Cheap Travel Mugs Made Pretty

I love teaming up with blogging friends to share great crafts and DIY projects with you. Today, there are four of us featuring Thanksgiving decorating and craft ideas using Dollar Store supplies.  I am using some cheap travel mugs with my newest cut file designs to make the pretty and gift-giving worthy!

And because we all love crafting with Dollar Store items, we will be back every month with a themed Dollar Store blog hop.

To see more Dollar Tree crafts and gifts you can visit this page with a long list of fun ideas and inspiration.

We hope to inspire you to craft and create with us and look forward to seeing you on the third Friday of every month for all things Dollar Store. At the end of the post, you can click on the links to see the rest of the Thanksgiving inspired DIY projects.

Cheap Travel Mugs From Dollar Tree

Three silver dollar tree travel mugs with pumpkin spice sayings made from orange vinyl.

These $1 –16 oz stainless steel travel mugs are perfect for adding vinyl.   This is exactly what I did with some new pumpkin spice designs for fall!  The designs are available in my resource library.

Three plain silver and black dollar tree travel mugs.

I am sure these travel mugs are not the insulated, wonderful mugs that keep the coffee warm for hours but they are fun none the less and perfect for adding something decorative.

Cutting The Designs

I decided to add some pumpkin spice designs to these guys with my new Cricut Maker.  I am getting more familiar with the Maker now and I like it a lot.

This is a screenshot of my Cricut Design Space. You can get these designs in the resource library and they are free!

Once I got the designs cut, it was time for weeding and I have to say, this was a bitch.  There were two that did fine and one that really was a pain in my a**!  I finally went into the design after cutting and trying multiple times, to change the font and make it easier to weed.  If you are downloading these designs I did this for you.  If you keep them small it will be a little harder but when they are a little larger things get easier.

Weeding The Designs

This is what helped me.  I used an exacto knife to cut between the lines.  Then I could lift just that section of vinyl without having to peel the entire backing piece at once.

Weeding the excess vinly out.

Eventually I was able to remove all of the background vinyl and was left with just the pieces I wanted.

Then next step was to add transfer tape and then adhere them to the travel mug and remove the transfer paper.

I love the way these cheap little travel mugs turned out.

Three finished travel mugs with orange vinyl designs.

What do you think?

Close up of cheap travel mug with pumpkin spice saying

These were so fun and perfect for taking to a Thanksgiving dinner as a gift for the hostess.  You could even bring the ingredients for some home made pumpkin spice latte made from Dollar Tree ingredients.

Check out this fun Dollar Store buffet tray for more inspiration!

Dollar Tree Pumpkin Spice Latte

I thought it would be fun to try to make my own and it really turned out pretty fantastic.

Here are the ingredients I used.  I already had pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice at home so the Dollar Tree brands are not pictured below.  The half and half I used is from Fareway.  My Dollar Tree does not carry half and half but you could use milk instead and I am pretty sure I have seen milk there before.

Ingredients for Homemade pumpkin spice latte.

Yield: 2

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Using Dollar Tree Ingredients

Travel mug with pumpkin spice latte and whipped cream

Create a budget friendly, homemade pumpkin spice latte using Dollar Tree Ingredients.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 2 Vanilla Lattes
  • 4 generous TBLS Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/2 cup Half and Half or Milk
  • Whipped Cream (optional)


  1. In a sauce pan combine pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and half and half over medium heat.
  2. Whisk or stir until it starts to bubble.
  3. Add the vanilla lattes and continue to heat and stir until hot.
  4. Pour into mugs and add whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.

If you like pumpkin spice but don’t want to spend a fortune for it then you should try this.  I really liked it a lot.

Don’t forget to check out my friend’s blogs below for their Dollar Tree crafts.

Please check out more amazing Thanksgiving Dollar Store DIY projects on our Dollar Store Divas blog hop!

Beverly from Across the Blvd Thanksgiving Candle Favors

Michelle from Our Crafty Mom Quick and Easy DIY Dollar Store Thanksgiving Craft

Heather from Daily DIY Life DIY Dollar Store Turkey Candy Cups

Michelle from Michelle James Designs Cheap Travel Mugs Made Pretty

Happy crafting you guys!



Wednesday 26th of August 2020

Where can you buy these mugs for $1?


Thursday 27th of August 2020

Hi Shamona,

They are at the Dollar Tree. If you don't have one near you look on When you purchase online you have to buy larger quantities though. I like them much better than I thought I would. They are actually pretty nice.

Nancy Lou

Friday 18th of October 2019

Pretty on the outside, yummy on the inside! The perfect project, Michelle. I love it.


Friday 18th of October 2019

Thanks Nancy! The lattes were awesome!!


Friday 18th of October 2019

Great ways to dress up the travel mugs, Michelle. The tip about using an exacto knife is a good one. These would make great gifts and I love how budget friendly they are!


Friday 18th of October 2019

Thank you Beverly. I think these are great gifts and can be dressed up in so many ways. These mugs did keep the latte hot for quite a while. I was surprised by that.

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