6 Weeks of Homemade Holidays Series/Homemade Living Series - Week 3: Customized Coffee Mugs

These are so simple and adorable, and I think, the perfect gift for teachers, neighbors, or any person who you aren't sure what to get them.  Fill the mug with a bag of coffee, some wonderful tea bags, or a bag of homemade cocoa, wrap it up and you've got yourself a gift!

For those of you thinking "but I can't draw!"  No problem.  Either download a pattern you like from the computer or, as I like to do, grab a children's coloring book or picture book, find something you like and copy it or trace it onto paper.  Next, get some tracing paper {with carbon} and you'll be able to put it lightly onto the mug by tracing it with a pencil.  You can now draw!!  You can do this with fonts to if you don't like your handwriting but want to write something on the mug.

As far as pens go, I've only used those specific for porcelain as well as oil-based Sharpie pens.  I've read others having used regular Sharpies, but I haven't tried this so I can't confirm that this works.

Looking for white mugs?  The dollar stores are usually full of them this time of the year! 

One of the nice things of this craft is, the paint is not set until baked.  You can erase!  Yes, that's right....you can just wipe it clean with a wet rag.  If you don't get it off right away you'll have to scrub just a bit.  Once you like your design, bake it and it's set.

What You'll Need:
A mug, or mugs {microwave and dishwasher safe to ensure they can withstand the heat of the oven}
Carbon Paper {if you don't want to draw free-hand}
Porcelain Markers or Sharpie Oil-Based Markers *{see note above}

If you're using a pattern, lay it out on the mug to figure out where it fits best.  Tape it in place and trace with a pencil. 

Either paint over the drawing you traced or, draw freehand.  Have a wet paper towel handy in case you smudge the paint or make a mistake. 

Once you're happy with your mug, set it aside for 24 hours.

The next day, in order to set the design, you'll need to bake them.  Put them in a cold oven.  Turn the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 30 minutes.  Turn the oven off and allow them to cool in the oven.  Remove.  They are now dishwasher safe!

For Additional Gift Ideas In This Series, Visit:
Week 1:  Homemade Bath and Body Products {Soap, Lip Balm, Lotion Bar, and Salt Scrub}
Week 2:  Salt Dough Ornaments and Tags


Unknown said...

These are sooooo adorable!! I love them! I would like to get these together for this Christmas for some co-workers. :)

Our Neck of the Woods said...

This is so cool! I love that you can erase any mistakes and it's not set until you bake it. What a great gift idea. You have so many awesome ideas :)

daisy g said...

What a great idea! How do you come up with this stuff? ;0P

Sue Frelick said...

These are wonderful! I love that you can use carbon paper to copy a design. (I'm one of those who can't draw very well, but I'm a pretty good copier. This is handy to know.)Your directions are so clear and concise. When am I going to stop pinning your ideas? Ha!

Unknown said...

I've wanted to do this for sometime and I know my grandkids will want to also, a great cold, inside day of fun! I love it!

born imaginative. said...

What a great idea for kids' gifts to grandparents! :)

mountain mama said...

very cute!!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thank you all for your sweet comments. I've had these on my "to-do" list for about a year and a half. Finally did it! :)

Leslie Kimel said...

What an awesome idea. I'm sending a link to my mom and sisters!

Anonymous said...

What a great idea!

Black Fox Homestead said...

These are darling! I had no idea they'd be so easy. Thank you for sharing them with us at the HomeAcre Hop. We'd love to have you back again tomorrow.

Sandra said...

Thanks for sharing these with the HomeAcre Hop!
This post is my feature post this week.
I tried making these last year with sharpies, and they didn't work out very well.
I am going to try them again using the pens you recommended!

luckybunny said...

Ha! what a cute idea!!