Update: As you may already know, I’ve been participating in Apartment Therapy’s Style Cure to revamp our bedroom. I was all excited at first, but now I’ve hit a bit of a standstill. I bought a duvet cover, a coverlette and a blanket, and as soon as I brought them home, I promptly knew I would return them. I’ve painted a wall, but now I don’t know what to add! You can expect an update in the next week, hopefully once I feel a bit more inspired… In the interim, I thought I’d share this fun little project.
Recently, my life style seems to have changed. Instead of spending my Sundays in the library studying (or getting up late after staying up half the night), I find myself driving in high heels and dresses to showers. Bridal showers, baby showers…
I love to do something handmade for occasions like these, especially since, unlike the wedding, you can see the bride or mum-to-be’s reaction. I’m so much more inclined to put a lot of effort into a personalized gift when I can see her response!
This year, inspired by some of the decorated plates I’ve seen on pinterest, I decided to make his and hers mugs.
Though a little time-consuming, they’re fun and totally doable.
Blank, clean mugs (preferably oven-proof)
Porcelain 150 pen (I got mine for less than ten dollars at Michael’s)
A dry erase marker
Q-Tips and tissues
When I originally thought of this project, I was going to just use a Sharpie like so many pinterest tutorials recommend. My girlfriend told me she tried that once, and it rubbed off easily. I thought porcelain 150 would be a better bet. It says it’s even dishwasher proof! That being said, I’d personally stick to hand washing.
1. Practice with a dry erase marker.
Writing on paper and writing on a round glossy surface are two different things. To practice writing your font of choice, and to choose where you would like your words to be, I would whole heartedly recommend a dry erase marker. It made my work so much easier! I even used to it to draw a straight line to prevent my words from going crooked.
2. Once you have chosen and practiced your font, write away!
I mostly eye-balled my letter placement by copying my sample mug, but you could always use the dry erase one to guide you. I found the pen fairly easy to work with, but I needed to go over my letters a few times to make them dark enough. They need a few coats to make them a true black.
If ever you make a mistake, you can quickly correct it using a Q-Tip or a tissue (or even scratch it off a few minutes later).
The font I chose is a mix between Sail and Parisienne. Their wedding date on the bottom is just a basic serif.
3. Once complete, let your creation sit for 24 hours. Then, bake in the oven for 35 minutes at 300 degrees F.
If ever your mug can’t go in the oven, you can simply leave your dish for 72 hours instead to set. In that case, the product recommends you only hand wash. Mine were dishwasher and microwave proof, and they were fine in the oven.
Cute right? I made these for two of my girlfriends getting married this summer. Congrats M.C. and future M.L.!
If ever you have any questions, feel free to add them into the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!