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Published on July 1st, 2014 | by Becky Striepe


How to Fix a Broken Coffee Cup Handle (Dishwasher Safe!)

How to Fix a Broken Coffee Cup Handle (Dishwasher Safe!)

Did your favorite coffee mug lose its handle? Here’s how to fix a broken coffee cup handle quickly and simply. The repair is even dishwasher safe!

This is why I can’t have nice things:

How to Fix a Broken Coffee Cup Handle (Dishwasher Safe!)

That mug is a beautiful, hand-thrown coffee mug from my very favorite potter on Etsy. I bought it at the Indie Craft Experience, and it’s the perfect size for my morning cup. It’s my favorite mug, so of course I managed to break the handle off within days of buying it. My poor mug sat sadly on a shelf until I finally pulled it together to repair it.

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The thing about fixing this mug is that I didn’t just want to fix it. I wanted my repair to be dishwasher safe. Hand-washing dishes is not on my agenda with a toddler to chase, meals to fix, and freelance deadlines to meet. The tutorial below shows you how to fix a broken coffee cup handle so that you can wash that sucker in the dishwasher.

My mug has been through many cycles in the top rack of my dishwasher and is still holding up strong, so I’m feeling confident that I’ve got a sharable solution here! Yay!

How to Fix a Broken Coffee Cup Handle


+ broken coffee cup

+ Gorilla Super Glue – I know, this is not the greenest craft supply, but this glue is very durable. I can’t vouch that other super glues will hold up to the dishwasher.

+ something to protect your work surface, like newspaper or an old piece of cardboard


1. Piece your handle together. This is especially important if your handle broke into more than two pieces. Once you apply the glue, you need to work fast, so lay out your handle on the table to make it easy to grab the piece you need and orient it.

How to Fix a Broken Coffee Cup Handle (Dishwasher Safe!)

2. Rebuild your broken coffee cup handle. Apply glue to one of the broken pieces, then press the matching piece to it. Press firmly and hold for 60 seconds to get a nice strong bond going. Repeat until you have a completed mug handle. Set this aside and let it cure for a bit. Just 10 or 15 minutes is fine. You just want to give the glue some extra time to bond, so your handle will be nice and strong when you attach it to the mug.

How to Fix a Broken Coffee Cup Handle (Dishwasher Safe!)

How to Fix a Broken Coffee Cup Handle (Dishwasher Safe!)

3. Attach the handle to your coffee cup. Apply your glue to the broken ends of your mug handle, and press the whole thing firmly onto your mug for 60 seconds. Let the mug dry overnight before washing and using.

How to Fix a Broken Coffee Cup Handle (Dishwasher Safe!)

Note: Your repaired coffee cup handle may have some small pieces of glue that stick out of the repaired areas. That’s ok! They will chip off over time.

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

18 Responses to How to Fix a Broken Coffee Cup Handle (Dishwasher Safe!)

  1. This is wonderful! I’m always worried about doing more damage to my cups when I try to repair them, but this tutorial makes me feel like I can give it another shot. Can I use this technique with more fragile glass cups?

    • Edith says:

      There is ultra violet glass glue…has to be kept in the dark when you are not using it, and light is what cures the glue…

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  3. BetulaLenta says:

    Clay is porous. I am a bit worried that the toxic glue will in time be ingested somewhat… even if it’s just the handle I am repairing and not the inside of the cup. Is this an unfounded fear do you suppose? The glue’s packaging does say not to affix to anything which will “come into contact with” food or drink. Any thoughts? 🙂

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  5. Claudia Cameron says:

    I love to use the Kintsugi Repair Kit, it’s an ancient Japanese art that creates a lovely golden touch to the broken item.

  6. Jenn says:

    Been a firm believer in Gorilla Glue for years. Before seeing this article I was first to try this. Failed. Here I am looking for a better answer. Disney heirloom for my boyfriend’s child. His heart is sunken. Trying the next step. …:-(

  7. Sorry but this will not work…………..especially gorilla Glue. it is not made to take the heat and stress to hold . I speak from experience. I repaired my Favorite sSarbucks mug with gorilla glue, let it set for a day and the next day the handle snapped again with it full of coffee!!!! yep coffee everywhere!!!!! trust me it will not work, just write it off and look for a replacement on Ebay or Amazon

  8. Lauren says:

    What if you lost the handle. The cleaning person at work threw mine out.

    • Edith says:

      There’s a putty -glue product I got at A C Moore a while back. You mold the handle yourself and apply to the mug… I actually haven’t tried it yet.

  9. fathmanism says:

    thank you for this post haha exactly what I need

  10. Flo says:

    You didn’t answer Lauren’s question. When the handle broke off my mug, it shattered into little pieces too small to glue together. Is it possible to make a handle from clay & attach it to the mug which is glazed ceramic?

    • Edith says:

      You’d really have to make the handle out of clay, fire it, glaze and re-fire then still glue it on the old mug. Glaze could fuse the mug and clay handle, but the it would have to be the same shrinkage factor as the original mug, and preferably be the same clay as the mug was made from. It still may not work and chances are it will look quite different when the mug is re-fired. If it has any hairline cracks init, those tend to contract and leave a bigger crack… Its an interesting question, but not practical, but could be a fun experiment!!

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