This is a guest post from Joanna from Lazy Moms Blog*
Would you like to have a new coffee mug every month? I know I do! With every season kicking in, I automatically feel the need for an adequate mug. And I’d love to have a different mug for a different state of mind, like the ” Hello gorgeous” and “Great things will happen” mugs for the days when I need encouragement, and the “Nope” for the days when I need to send out a clear message. Also, let’s not forget the monogrammed mugs.
So, living with a dangerous addiction to pretty mugs I needed to find a way to save my budget from this craziness. And here’s where the DIY sharpie coffee mug saves the day! It’s really easy to make, and the possibilities are simply endless.
So recently I made the “Hello”, “Bonjour” and a monogram “M” coffee mugs for gifts, and a “#bosslady” and “sip” for me. Here’s how:
What you’ll need:
– white mug
For a more natural feel of your handwriting, try writing down your word on a paper a couple of times first. That way once you’ll start tracing on a mug, your hand will be more steady.
Then, after writing down your word , try tracing it over again, to give it a more calligraphy-like feel. In real calligraphy the letters are a bit thicker on one side, so you can try imitate that.
For my self, I wanted one mug with the bosslady hashtag on one side, and a set of closed eyelashes on the other side: seriously, closed eyelashes are the easiest to paint even if you have zero artistic skills! And my second mug got a “sip” on one side and ” coffee” on the other one.
Once you’re done, leave your mugs to dry for 24 hours. I know it seems like a long time, especially they feel dry almost right away, but that’ll make them more resistant after baking.
Bake them at 300F, for 30 minutes. After that time turn the oven off, but leave your mugs in the oven so they cool down gradually. Don’t ever put them in the dishwasher, as that will wash down the sharpie. Wash them just like a delicate porcelain, by hand, and they’ll last long that way!
*Joanna Grzeszczak is the writer, photographer and content creator behind the Lazy Mom’s Blog. She’s a work-at-home mom of two energetic little girls, that she raises with her hubby in their Montreal city cottage. She has a master’s degree in psychology, so she’s passionate by all that’s human nature, behavior and culture. She’s a weekend and evening artist who loves calligraphy and watercolours. She’s a lover of design, books and coffee and a positive body image advocate. She raises her children bilingually, homeschool part time, and loves to bake and craft with her daughters Lili and Rose.