Thanks to Pinterest I found a great tutorial for DIY Coffee mugs. You know the ones with all the super cute sayings on them? I decided I was going to make them for all the gals in my family and some girlfriends for Christmas. I ran to the store and grabbed a handful of fun color “oil-based” Sharpies and then headed to the dollar store for mugs. But guess what? They were completely out of the white mugs. Of course, right? I wasn’t really sure where another dollar store was so I waited a week and checked again and they were still out. And the next week…. Still out. Basically I gave up!
Then a couple of weeks ago Tausha shared her mugs that she was in the process of making and she used DecoArt paint markers. I hadn’t even heard or seen someone talk about these on ANY of the tutorials I had read, and believe me, I read a lot of them! So after I dropped Tyler off at Preschool Summer and I headed to the dollar store first to see if they even had the mugs and they did, so I grabbed 10 of them! Then I headed over to the craft store and since I really didn’t want to spend another small fortune on paint pens, I just grabbed two.
I headed home and pulled out my notebook that I wrote out all of my sayings on, grabbed a pencil to draw on the mugs, and my paint markers, and got to work.
I started out with giving a good rinse off. Then I set them on a towel to air dry while I did a few other things.
Then I used a pencil to draw out what I wanted it to say. That way I could make sure the words were semi-even. Since I was giving these to family and friends I knew they would understand if my writing wasn’t perfect. Or if my words weren’t even. I mean, I can’t be perfect all the time but I still wanted to get them pretty even!
I obviously don’t have the steadiest hand and I felt like I got better as I went on. The good thing is if you mess up, have a damp rag or a baby wipe handy to wipe it off real quick. I didn’t have any problems wiping off spots I messed up on. But do it quickly!
I even loved them so much that I wanted to make more! My normal dollar store was once again out of stock so tracked down another store and went and bought a few more!
This is the mug I made for myself. What movie is it from???
After you finish drawing you are going to let them sit for 8 hours and then bake. The directions on the package said to put them in the NON preheated oven and bake for 40 minutes at 375° (at temp)
I did a few dishwasher washes to make sure they work and so far so good! So now I’ve been handing them out and I think they’re a HIT!
Have you made your own mugs? How did it work out for you?