Sunday, July 8, 2012

DIY Projects - Personalized Coffee Mugs

I stumbled upon this adorable idea for personalized coffee mugs on a blog called A Beautiful Mess.  The mugs that they created were super cute, one said "he loves strong coffee" and the other said "she loves green tea".  I instantly fell in love with the idea since it seems really simple and results in something adorable and personalized, but I didn't have the chance to finally try it out until yesterday.  My friends Lauren & Andy got engaged recently and last night their families threw them an engagement party.  What a great opportunity to finally make these personalized His + Her coffee mugs!?  I chose the message "one lucky Mr" for his mug and "soon to be Mrs" for her mug.  I wish I had thought of that clever idea on my own, but I can't take the credit!!  I found the idea on Pinterest!!  Here's how it's done...

You will need:
  • A Sharpie Marker (I selected a black sharpie with a brush tip but you can use any color!)
  • A ceramic coffee mug (or two!)
  • About an hour of your time (this includes writing on the mugs, baking the ink on & letting them cool)

Step One:  Clean the mug and dry it off thoroughly
Step Two:  Write on the mug with the sharpie
Step Three:  Preheat the oven to 350 Degrees
Step Four:  Once preheated, put the mugs into the oven and bake for 30 minutes
Step Five:  At the end of the 30 minutes, take them out of the oven and let them cool

**WARNING: These are hand wash only!!  If you put them into the dishwasher, the ink will come off**

I am really happy with how the mugs came out!!  I ended up wrapping them up and putting them into a cute little basket with a few other nifty gifts.  These are a really great gift idea for any occasion as they are customizable and everyone can make use of a coffee mug!!  

Happy Crafting Folks!!

Lots of Love, 

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous11.6.13

    I make handpainted glass & tableware on commission (birthday, anniversary, wedding gifts etc) and this is such a great way to create unique gifts for friends.

    I thought I'd add a little bit of info from a professional angle. If you use Pebeo Vitrea 160 or Pebeo Porcelaine 150 paints, it is the exact same technique (except for 24 hours to dry before baking) AND the end result should be dishwasher safe, too. I painted a "dishwasher sample" mug (a quick brush stroke of several colours and outliners in those two Pebeo ranges) in 2005 as a proof for my customers that my handpainted tableware & glassware is dishwasher safe. That mug has ended up in use at home since then and goes through the dishwasher several times a week. It still looks the same as it did the day I baked it.

    Note, the other Pebeo glass & ceramic paints are decorative only and will not stand up to even handwashing unless you are very, very careful.

    I use Pebeo because it cleans off in water before it dries, rather than some other brands that require solvents. I also found that a complete screw-up in a project can be cleaned off, even if dry - but not baked on yet, by putting it through the dishwasher on a gentle cycle. Smaller mistakes can be handled carefully with a craft knife or scalpel.


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