12.07.2012

Get Crafty: DIY Gilded Message Mugs

What a week! I hope you've all enjoyed the fabulous DIY crafts cooked up by all of our contributors. It's always so cool to see the ideas other creatives come up with, and how they make their projects work. I'm so grateful for everyone who posted, read, commented and shared this week (definitely send some pictures my way if you try out the DIYs on your own!). To round out the crafty week, I'm sharing a simple, customizable gift that you can whip up for just about anyone for less than $10. 
One of my favorite morning rituals is prepping and organizing myself for the day over a freshly brewed cup of coffee ... and I know I'm not alone on this. Let's face it – the first cup of coffee (or tea) is essential to the start of many mornings, so why not add a little love to your loved ones' mugs? For my mugs, I chose a metallic gold ink and the sayings "crème de la crème" and "make it happen," but you can really get creative with this step and tailor them to the recipient's style/taste.

- 1 gold Sharpie marker
- white mug(s); I found mine at West Elm for $3
- scrap paper
1. Make sure your mugs are clean, dry and dust free before starting. Choose what you want the mug(s) to say. It's also a good idea to practice your design on a spare piece of paper a few times before staring on the actual mug (trust me).

2. With your Sharpie, draw your message on your mug, letting it dry as you make your way around the mug to avoid smudges. Let it dry fully ( a few minutes). I found that the metallic marker on the ceramic surface wasn't as opaque as I liked, so I ended up going back over everything once more. I also found that longer strokes made for a smoother, more even coverage. Remember, fellow perfectionists, that these are handmade gifts – the fact that it's your handwriting makes it all the more special. P.S. Don't forget to sign and date the bottom!
3. When finished & dry, bake your mug(s) in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees (note: do not pre-heat your oven). This sets the ink so they'll be able to be hand washed. Remove the mug from the oven and let it cool to room temperature before handling or wrapping. Voilà! Package with hot cocoa mix, coffee or tea & you have a personalized gift perfect for everyone on your list.

Have a lovely, crafty weekend!

11 comments:

  1. This is so adorable, Melissa! Great gift idea.

    - Alex

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  2. SO pretty! These would be perfect gifts for friends! I'm definitely doing this!

    Emily
    www.prettyshinymine.blogspot.com

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    1. My friends will each be getting one this year :) Good luck & happy crafting!

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  3. Yay I am so doing this for my friend! They look so great!

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    1. Thank you! Let me know how it turns out!

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  4. These are really awesome! I'm going to give this a try this weekend!

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    1. Thank you :) You'll have to share some pictures of how they turn out!

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