7 Amazing Alternative Uses for Mugs

If conventional needs are put aside, one could argue that mugs have no other practical use — but, as we’re about to show you, that couldn’t be further from the truth. We delved into the pits of the DIY world and emerged with seven simple yet incredible alternative uses of mugs that will, hopefully, inspire you to be more inventive!

The importance of a coffee mug cannot be stressed enough. After all, it’s the vessel that holds a rather magical liquid that soothes cranky grownups, preventing them from losing their sanity at 2 in the morning as they try and meet that godforsaken deadline. However, if conventional needs are put aside, one could argue that mugs have no other practical use — but, as we’re about to show you, that couldn’t be further from the truth. We delved into the pits of the DIY world and emerged with seven simple yet incredible alternative uses of mugs that will, hopefully, inspire you to be more inventive!

1. Use It As A Planter

Given its shape, a mug makes for an apt substitute for a pot. If you want some more greenery around your house, all you need is some soil and seeds in your mug, and as the video below demonstrates, it’ll make for a perfect home for your sapling.

2. Bake Mug Cake or Mug Brownies

Instant noodles are a craze, so there’s no reason why instant cakes won’t have the same effect. In truth, making cakes and brownies in a mug is a doddle, so even if you’re a disaster in the kitchen, you should be able to bake these with absolutely ease.

3. Use It As A Decorative Candle Holder

This one’s a tad tricky because of the sheer number of elements involved, but get it right and it’ll be worth the effort. Scented candles not only contribute to home decor but also tend to come in handy as gifting items, to light up nooks during an emergency, and also to, well, set a romantic mood, perhaps?

4. Use It As A Knife Sharpener

Surprised? We’re not kidding. The bottom of a ceramic cup is actually ideal to hone a blunt kitchen knife, and it’s rather easy to do so too. Don’t believe us? Watch the video below!

5. Cook Your Breakfast In It

Poached eggs, omelettes, muffins, granolas, and more — the amount of quick breakfast fixes mugs offer are rather remarkable. All you need is a functional microwave and you’re good to give these a go!

6. Cook Your Lunch Or Dinner In It

A quick breakfast fix is one thing, cooking a whole meal, another. If you’re running late and are looking to whip something up quickly, the superhero duo of the microwave and your mug are here to save the day. Pizzas, soups, lasagnas, pies, and spaghetti, and even desserts like pudding and doughnuts can be easily made in a cup. Who knew!?

7. Repurpose One Into A Desk Lamp

If you’re looking for something more crafty and hands-on, there’s nothing like this little project. It requires a little money, a bit of skill, and a lot of effort — but the end result makes for a gorgeous and feasible addition to your home decor.

Know of any more we might have missed out on? Share your own ideas by commenting below!

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Rameez Shaikh

Rameez Shaikh is a twenty-three year old writer. With a degree in journalism to his name, he's an aspiring author with an absolutely astounding admiration for alliteration. Leisure propels him to read, dance, pen fiction and gloat about himself in third person. On weekdays, he works as a features writer. On weekends, he's a Manchester United fan.

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