I was looking for a fun project for me and my 6-year-old to do and I came up with this – DIY Sharpie mugs. I’ve seen these all over Pinterest, and I think they’re really cute and creative. As I was scrolling through my Pinterest feed, I was drawn to the simple one-letter monogram design – I love a monogrammed anything!
Then I got to thinking, this would be a really cool way to capture my son’s creativity at this age on something permanent and functional. I just love the sweet drawings kids do at school when they’re little. I know I cherish the drawings and artwork I did when I was a kid that my mom saved. Brings back so many fond memories.
Here’s what you’ll need – I got my supplies at Michael’s.
- Sharpie Oil-based paint markers. I got ones that were holiday colors. Be sure to get the oil-based paint markers and not the regular Sharpie pens.
- Creatology Personalize It ceramic mug kit. This kit comes with paints too, in case you want to paint something on instead of draw.
I didn’t buy one of those letter stencils packs for my monogram – I made my own. And it didn’t cost me a thing! All I did was open up Microsoft Word and pull up a new document. Then, I typed the letter “M” and increased the font size to 250. I scrolled through all of the fonts and found the ones I wanted. I printed out the letters as you can see in the photo (Brendan wanted an “F” for family – I wasn’t going for mother effer. Ha!).
I trimmed around the “M” to make the stencil. It’s hard to see in the photo, but where my thumb is in the middle photo, there’s a cut that starts at the end of the paper on the left that goes to the base of the “M”. You’ll want to tape that so it makes the stencil square. It’s not perfect by any means – like you would get with a true plastic stencil – but it worked just fine.
Next, I taped the stencil to my mug and started “dotting” an outline of the “M” with my silver paint pen while dotting some of the space in the middle. Once you get going, it’s a good idea to take a look at how the colors are coming together to see if you need to add more of one color in a certain area. It’s really up to you how many dots you want to have and how tightly they fit together.
Once you get the design looking the way you want, it’s time to put them in the oven. I recommend following the directions on the mug box. For the brand I used, I put the mugs in a COLD oven and heated it to 360. It’s important to put them in a cold oven because the mugs could crack if you put a room temperature mug in a hot oven. You’ll have the heat on from start to finish for 30 minutes. Once the timer goes off, turn off the oven and leave them in there to cool. Again, if you take them out too quickly, the mugs may crack.
From start to finish, it took about 1 1/2 to 2 hours to do the project. Give it a try! There are so many creative designs you can do on your own or with stencils. The possibilities are endless and they make great gifts. And your kids will have a blast too!
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