If you’re active on pinterest, then I know you’ve seen this DIY floating around. I’ve been wanting to give it a try for some time now, just for fun! And what better time then Valentine’s Day to make a cute mug for my hubby. He loves coffee and I love him – so it just makes sense. There is a little bit of controversy surrounding this project. Some have had great success, others say it’s not worth it. I read a few posts on people’s experiences and then just went for it.
I scribbled my love notes and doodled a few hearts on my mugs and then put them in the oven. When they were done, the red hearts had faded to a soft pink and the ink was settled. After they cooled, I washed them again a few times and the ink stayed put. I guess only the test of time will tell how they stand up to daily washing. I wouldn’t put them in the dishwasher or soak them – a quick hand wash will do, which I don’t mind because it’s not like it’s a greasy oven pan! Overall, I’m pleased with how this DIY went and happy it was successful, in my opinion.
A few tips that stood out from other bloggers:
- use cheap mugs, that don’t have quality glaze, that way the marker can be absorbed.
- wash the mugs clean with soap and water, and then wipe down with rubbing alcohol.
- place the mugs in the oven while the oven is warming up (from cold to hot) – so that the mug doesn’t crack.
- bake at over 400 F (not the recommended 350 F)
I used regular sharpies for this DIY. You can also try oil-based sharpies; some bloggers have said that it works better and lasts longer.
What you will need
- Cheap white mugs
- Rubbing alcohol
- Baking Sheet
- Wash mugs with soap and water. Dry.
- Wipe them down with rubbing alcohol. Dry.
- Write/Draw what you would like on your mug. Don’t worry about it being perfect!
- Set oven temperature to 425 F.
- Place mugs on a baking sheet and place it in the oven straight away.
- From the point where the oven heats up to 425 F. – set a timer for 30 minutes.
- When the timer goes off, turn the oven off, but leave the mugs in there to cool.
- Once they are cool, remove and rinse with cold water.
- Voila! Enjoy your mugs.
Here are few other posts that I used for reference:
I hope my husband will like his homemade gift (made with love) when I serve him coffee tomorrow morning in one of them! Happy Valentine’s Day friends; any plans in the making?
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