To make these mugs, all you need is an inexpensive mug, something for a pattern - you could use a heart for Valentine's Day, a cupid, or an initial. Anything could work. I even made some with mustaches on them which are so cute - and a sharpie in a color of your choice.
To make the initial, I used a letter from this package I found at Big Lots .
Using the sharpie, I simply made random dots all around the letter, then removed the letter and put it on the other side of the mug and did the same thing.
Next, the sharpie has to be heat set, so I placed it in a cold oven directly on the wire rack and set it to preheat to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. When the buzzer went off at 450, I turned the oven off and let the mug cool in the oven. Make sure the mug is not hot before picking removing it from the oven!
You should be able to wash the mug by hand without removing the design. I am not sure you can guarantee it to be dishwasher safe, although our sons in love have had their mustache mugs for a couple of years and they put them in the dishwasher. From what I have read, it sometimes depends on the glaze on the mug.
These mugs could be filled with candy, the pink popcorn I posted last night, or someone's favorite tea or coffee. I sent Linda some boxes of tea that she could enjoy in her mug along with some coasters I made for her. She really liked it.
Handmade gifts are always special for gift giving. These would also be super for teacher's gifts, friends, or co workers. Gift recipients appreciate that you took the time to make something with your own hands and that it came from your heart.
Dollar Tree, TJ Maxx, Big Lots, or Target are good places to look for inexpensive mugs. The inexpensive mugs seem to work better because their glaze is more porous - it's not about being cheap.
Give this project a try the next time you need a gift. You could even make sets of them for wedding or shower gifts. The options are endless.
Things to Remember
Gifts have ribbons, not strings. Vanna Bonta