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November 24, 2023

How to Wrap a Mug

A Mug-nificent Guide to Presenting the Perfect Cuppa!

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A mug wrapped in red cree paper with green ribbon tied around the handle.

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Materials 

  • Double sided tape

  • Twine

  • Construction paper

  • Thin ribbon

  • Crepe paper roll/party streamer

  • Scissors

Step 1

Use twine or crepe paper to measure from the top of the mug handle to the center of the mug bottom.

Measuring the height of a coffee cup with crepe paper, as part of a tutorial on how to wrap a mug.
Measuring the height of a coffee cup with crepe paper, as part of a tutorial on how to wrap a mug.
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Step 2

Cut 2” wide strips of crepe paper, matching the length you measured with the twine or paper.

Cutting strips of crepe paper ready to wrap a mug as a gift.
Cutting strips of crepe paper ready to wrap a mug as a gift.
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Step 3

Keep cutting strips until you have enough to cover the entire mug.

Cutting strips of crepe paper ready to wrap a mug as a Christmas gift.
Cutting strips of crepe paper ready to wrap a mug as a Christmas gift.
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Step 4

Use double-sided tape to secure the cut crepe paper from the top of the mug handle to the inside center, gently pulling it taut.

Attaching the first strip of crepe paper to the mug with double-sided tape, as part of a tutorial on how to wrap a mug.
Attaching the first strip of crepe paper to the mug with double-sided tape, as part of a tutorial on how to wrap a mug.
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Step 5

Trim two strips for the handle, each 1” wide and approximately 2” in length.

Cutting strips of crepe paper to cover the handle of a mug, as part of a tutorial on how to wrap a mug or coffee cup.
Cutting strips of crepe paper to cover the handle of a mug, as part of a tutorial on how to wrap a mug or coffee cup.
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Step 6

Cut a longer strip, 1” wide and about 7” long, for the handle

All the crepe paper strips needed to wrap a mug as a holiday gift.
All the crepe paper strips needed to wrap a mug as a holiday gift.
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Step 7

Use one of the small pieces of crepe paper to cover the area between the handles, adjusting the size if needed. Use double-sided tape between the mug and the paper to secure.

Beginning to wrap a mug with crepe paper for the holidays.
Beginning to wrap a mug with crepe paper for the holidays.
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Step 8

Flip the mug over and attach small pieces of double-sided tape under the handle and on the bottom of the mug. Attach one of the small pieces of crepe paper, as you did in step 7.

Attaching crepe paper to the bottom of a mug, in a tutorial on how to wrap a mug.
Attaching crepe paper to the bottom of a mug, in a tutorial on how to wrap a mug.
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Step 9

Wrap the longer strip of paper around the handle until it's fully covered.

Wrapping a piece of crepe paper around the handle of a coffee cup, in a tutorial on how to wrap a mug.
Wrapping a piece of crepe paper around the handle of a coffee cup, in a tutorial on how to wrap a mug.
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Step 10

Use a small piece of crepe paper to cover the mug between the top and bottom of the handle, cutting it to size if it doesn’t fit smoothly.

Wrapping a piece of crepe paper between the top and bottom of the handle of a coffee cup, in a tutorial on how to wrap a mug.
Wrapping a piece of crepe paper between the top and bottom of the handle of a coffee cup, in a tutorial on how to wrap a mug.
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Step 11

Tape a strip at the middle of the base, angled close to the right side of the handle.

Wrapping crepe paper from the bottom of a mug to the top, in a tutorial on how to wrap a mug.
Wrapping crepe paper from the bottom of a mug to the top, in a tutorial on how to wrap a mug.
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Step 12

Gently pull the strip up over the mug to cover it. Tuck it inside the mug and secure it smoothly with a piece of double-sided tape between the paper and the mug..

Wrapping crepe paper from the bottom of a mug to the top, in a tutorial on how to wrap a mug.
Wrapping crepe paper from the bottom of a mug to the top, in a tutorial on how to wrap a mug.
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Step 13

Place the next strip to the right side of the last, overlapping by about 1/4”.

Adding crepe paper strips to cover a mug, in a tutorial on how to wrap a mug.
Adding crepe paper strips to cover a mug, in a tutorial on how to wrap a mug.
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Step 14

Repeat with each strip until the entire mug is covered.

A mug completely covered in strips of red crepe paper.
A mug completely covered in strips of red crepe paper.
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Step 15

Tie a skinny ribbon around the top of the handle to create a bow.

Tying a ribbon to the handle of a mug, as part of a tutorial on how to wrap a mug for Christmas.
Tying a ribbon to the handle of a mug, as part of a tutorial on how to wrap a mug for Christmas.
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Step 16

Cut a 1” x 1” square from construction paper for a gift tag. Write on it and tie it to a piece of twine. Tape the twine inside the mug so that the tag hangs over the edge like a tea bag. Alternatively, use a ready-made gift tag.

The finished mug, wrapped in crepe paper and decorated with a gift tag.
The finished mug, wrapped in crepe paper and decorated with a gift tag.
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