Thursday, January 30, 2014

DIY Valentine's Day Mugs

Back in December my friend Kristina (Cake Endeavours) posted pictures on Facebook of some amazing mugs she had decorated for Christmas. They were so festive and professional looking. Once she told me how simple they were to make I knew I had to give it a try as well. But then life and ice storms happened, so I decided this week I'd whip up some Valentine's Day mugs instead.

For this project you will need plain, glazed mugs that you will decorate (I got mine at the dollar store), Sharpie markers (red, pink and black for this occasion), rubbing alcohol, and an oven. You can also use stencils or stickers for your designs if you like.

The process is simple - wipe the mugs clean with an alcohol wipe or rubbing alcohol on a tissue or cloth. Then use the Sharpie markers to apply, draw, stencil, etc., your design. Place mugs on a baking sheet in a cold oven. Turn the heat to 300 degrees, and set the timer for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes turn off the oven and open the door to let your creations cool before removing. 

What you need
What you can do
For my first mug I applied some heart stickers and then stippled all around them with a red Sharpie. I added a few bits of pink for good measure. Be sure to get fairly solid coverage around the edge of the stickers so the shape comes through. And remember to peel off the stickers before baking!

Ring of hearts
I used the stickers again on this one, but instead of the dotted stippling, I did a messy diagonal line. This made for a nice ribbon effect around the top of the mug. I then coloured in the heart shapes with pink. (This one is my favourite of the four.) Note: if you are using this method be sure to draw your lines outwards from the stickers and not in towards them. If you draw in towards the stickers you are likely to accidentally grab and lift the edge with your marker, making for a messy outline.

I did a freehand heart with the words "Be Mine" as well, but that doesn't warrant a closer look than in the collage above. And the "I Heart U" used the same diagonal lines and stickers approach.

If you do a search on Pinterest for "Sharpie Mugs" you will find a huge collection of these projects, but they all come down to the basic formula - cheap mug, Sharpie marker, oven.  This is a really inexpensive craft and lends itself so well to many occasions. You can add them to your festive tableware or fill them with cookies, candies, teas, etc., to give as gifts. I think Boo will be making a special Sharpie Mug for his dad for Father's Day this year. I'll let you know how that turns out!

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