Tuesday, April 15, 2014

last minute easter gifts: DIY mugs

Who needs some last minute easter gifts?! I've been a bit obsessed with the diy ceramic mugs lately {thanks to pinterest of course}. And since I needed a few small easter fillers I decided to do some doodling last night. It's kind of like the adult version of coloring easter eggs :) These are the perfect little gift to give to maybe your mom, mother in law, sisters, girlfriends, yourself, whomever! All you need is a sharpie oil based paint pen (s), ceramic mug (s), rubbing alcohol and an oven. Oh and stencil is optional.

Now grab yourself your fav drink, turn some music on and begin crafting in this order:
1. wipe the rubbing alcohol on the side of the mug you want to decorate (to clean the surface). Dry completely. *And note that you want the design to be facing out when the mug is being sipped from.
2. draw or write whatever your heart desires with your paint pen. This does not have to be perfect. Just look at mine :)
3. place the finished mug in the oven and bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes. Make sure to put the mug in the oven before it starts preheating. Once the 30 minutes is up leave the mug in the oven until it cools.

Now smile because you are done! Congratulations on completing a diy project. So simple right?!

A few more tips I have heard but not sure they are a must do:
-obviously hand-washing will probably make the life span of your art last longer
-the cheaper the mug the better, due to the inexpensive glaze used
-it's best to let your design sit for 24 hours before baking it

here are the ones I made last night ....

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