With a practical husband like mine, Valentine’s day can be a hard holiday to do anything special. We obviously don’t really need a lot of heart stuff floating around. So, if we exchange gifts it has to be something we can use all year around.
After much debate I decided on his and her’s mugs. It would be a practical yet cute gift. I knew I wanted to do something “love” related without being tacky. I searched for the perfect saying to put on a mug, but I never really found one that was fitting.
Finally it dawned on me, we might not be corny Valentine’s people, but we are nerdy chicken people. Yep, our chickens are a pretty big deal around here, so what better to put on a mug then a rooster and a hen! Now, I know a rooster and a hen isn’t for everyone (from the looks I got when I excitedly announced what I was gifting this year), so for everyone else I will show you how to make a DIY Sharpie Paint Marker Mug with any design your heart desires.
How to Make:
- Wipe mugs with Alcohol to get ride of any residue.
- Cut the stencil in desired shape or pattern. Of course, I let my silhouette do the work for me. I used the Silhouette stencil vinyl, and if you are a newbie to that particular material check out this tutorial. I would have saved myself a lot of trouble if I had done that first.
- If you are using Silhouette materials apply your stencil with the transfer tape. I tried doing this step with regular tape, and transfer paper, nothing worked out as well as the transfer tape. With the others it was hard to apply, and I had a lot of bleeding with my marker. You can see in the picture above there are some air bubbles after I first applied the stencil. I think this happened more because of the shape of my mug. Before I removed the tape, or even started coloring in my design I smoothed out the bubbles as best as possible, making sure there were none around the edge of the design .
- Once you are satisfied with your stencil placement, making sure the edges are sealed down, start filling in your design. I found that a light small circular motion worked the best, straight strokes tended to leave lines.
- Let your design dry for a few minutes before pulling off the stencil.
- Continue to let the mug dry for the next 24 hours.
- Bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes. Start the mug in a cold oven, start timer once it has preheated. When you are done baking turn off oven, allowing it to cool inside.
****Some people say these sharpie mugs do fine in the dishwasher, while others say they don’t. I don’t have a dishwasher, so I can’t really tell if it works or not. So, be cautious if you decide to put it in the dishwasher. Also, you may want to wash it once before giving it as a gift. Sometimes if the paint is a little too thick it could come off in spots. This happened to me once and I touched it up, baked it and never had a problem washing it again.****
Have you tried doing sharpie mugs before? How did it turn out?