Easy DIY “Before School” mug and “After School” wine glass set – makes a great gift idea for teachers and homeschool parents! Cheers!

before school svg on mug and after school svg on wine glass

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We’re officially back in school (distance learning for now), and I don’t know about you, but I think that if anyone deserves a fun gift in 2020, it’s all of the teachers and homeschool/distance learning parents who are trying to make magic happen for our children!

This funny “Before School” mug and “After School” wine glass set are the perfect quick and easy DIY gift idea! Even better, the mug and wine glass are from the dollar store, so it’s also a SUPER inexpensive gift idea! (Plus, this is a great way to use up all of those vinyl scraps you’ve been saving up!)

How to Make Before & After School Cups

Clear stemless wine glass and white mug on light blue background

Begin with a simple stemless wine glass and a blank mug – I picked up both of mine at Dollar Tree.

Supplies Needed:

Cricut Joy on blue background with white mug, wine glass, and Smart Vinyl in background

For this project, I used my Cricut Joy machine, but you could also use a Cricut Maker, Explore Air 2, or a Silhouette machine (or any other machine that uses SVG files!)


before school and after school svg files in cricut design space

To begin, upload the “Before School” and “After School” SVG files into Design Space (or other design software). If you need help, please follow our step-by-step instructions for How to Upload an SVG to Cricut Design Space here!

Resize the designs to fit on your mug and wine glass – mine were approximately 3″ tall. When you’re ready to cut, click the green “make it” button in the upper right hand corner of the screen.

cricut design space material selection

Next, select the materials that you are going to be cutting. For this project, I used Cricut Permanent Smart Vinyl. I highly recommend using permanent vinyl if you want your mug and wine glass to be longer lasting and more durable!

cricut design space load materials for school glasses

The software will let you know that it is time to load the materials into the machine.

Cricut Joy machine loaded with black Smart Vinyl on blue background

The coolest thing about Smart Vinyl is that it doesn’t need a mat for cutting! Simply insert the end into the rollers of the Cricut Joy, and the machine will automatically feed it into the cutting area.

cricut design space selecting materials

After your materials are loaded, click “Go” to begin the cut.

Cricut Joy loaded with cut black Smart Vinyl
unload materials in cricut design space

When the cut is completed, the Design Space software will prompt you to click “Unload” to complete the cut and unload the materials.

Cricut Joy machine loaded with red Smart Vinyl

Repeat the process with each of the different colored layers.

Cricut Joy machine with green cutting mat and scraps of purple, brown, and green vinyl

To save time, you can cut the smaller details from scraps of vinyl in one single pass…but there’s a trick to doing that!

different layers in one mat in cricut design space

First, select all of the layers that you want to cut on a single mat and make them the same color in Design Space. This allows them to all be cut on the same mat at the same time.

arranging design on mat in cricut design space

Next, select that you will be using a Cricut mat for the cut, and arrange the objects on the mat in Design Space. Add the vinyl to your mat in the corresponding places, and begin the cut.

cricut joy and cutting mat with scrap vinyl materials
"Before School" and "After School" vinyl with Cricut weeding tool on blue background

When you’re done cutting all of the layers, use a weeding tool to weed the excess vinyl (remove the pieces in the negative space).

White mug and clear wine glass on blue background with assorted vinyl designs in foreground

Clean the surface of your mug and wine glass – I usually wash and dry mine and then wipe the area where I will be applying the vinyl with a cotton ball of isopropyl alcohol.

White mug on a blue background with "Before School" and apple vinyl pieces and transfer tape

Cut a piece of transfer tape slightly larger than your design (make sure to save the backing piece of paper from the transfer tape!). Place the transfer tape over the text, and use a scraper tool to make sure the design is thoroughly stuck to the transfer tape.

Apple and before school vinyl designs on white background

Place the transfer tape backing paper back underneath the vinyl text and repeat the process for the apple and the stem.

Hand holding apple and "before school" vinyl on transfer tape on blue backround

This will allow you to place and adhere all of your vinyl pieces in one single step.

"Before School" and apple vinyl designs on transfer tape in the process of being applied to a white mug

Place the vinyl on the mug, and use your finger to gently press down the center line from top to bottom to hold it in place.

Using a scraping tool to apply an apple and "before school" design to a white mug

Carefully wrap the vinyl around the mug, working from the center out to each of the edges. Use the scraper to make sure the vinyl is smoothly adhered to the mug.

White mug on blue background - peeling transfer tape to reveal apple design

Carefully peel back the transfer tape.

Hand holding stemless wine glass with "After School" vinyl transfer

To accommodate the curve of the wine glass, I opted to adhere the text separately from the grapes graphic. To make it easier to apply vinyl to a curved surface, snip a few slits in the transfer tape in between the letters, and gently smooth them down one at a time.

"Before School" white coffee mug and "After School" stemless wine glass on light blue background

Easy peasy and SUPER cute! This whole project took me less than 15 minutes to create, and it would make a great DIY gift idea!

Get the Before & After School SVG Here:

MORE Cricut Dollar Tree Craft Projects!

collage of easy dollar store cricut crafts

If you liked my before & after school set, you’re going to LOVE these other fun Cricut + Dollar Store projects from my friends! Click on the links below for the tutorials, files, and information:

So many awesome projects – my kids want me to make them a Yoda night light now! So fun! Which one is your favorite?

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