Within that post was one of her Pinterest crafts that went according to plan. It was a post by Glued to My Crafts Blog about DIY sharpie mugs. I’ve seen tutorials before about sharpie mugs but it seemed risky (will it just wash off in the dishwasher?) and complicated (I can’t free hand draw ANYTHING). But this, THIS looked like something I could manage.
My idea was to craft them for Christmas presents but it took me forever to find mugs. The tutorial says to go to the dollar stores, but I’m guessing everyone and their mother had this idea because they were sold out everywhere. Finally, I got a tip from a coworker also doing the project that Fred Meyer was having a great sale on their white mugs. I found the oil based sharpies at Office Max for way cheaper than Michaels, and then one day while I was trapped at Home Depot with my fave guy I found a huge pack of the oil based sharpies for $12. After this happened, I re-read the directions to make a new mug and saw that Stacey says right in there to buy the pens at Home Depot. Oops.
After finding the scrapbook stickers at Michaels (where, as noted above, I did not buy the sharpies because they were $4-$5 a piece!), I procrastinated this craft until after Christmas entirely.
Figures, right? #BloggingForReal
But then I was inspired by my good friend’s birthday and thought this would be a great birthday present while also saving money that I was throwing toward my newest credit card snowball. I sat down on the floor with the directions and promised to not accidentally paint the brand new carpet in the BF’s house.
Then I got to work. Sticker, Sticker, dot, dot, dot, dot, dot, dot….. swipe… crap… wipe, wipe, sigh of relief, dot, dot, dot, dot… write birthday note on the bottom, admire.
I put it in the oven for 30 minutes on the right temperature, let it sit in there over night (it was bed time) and took it out in the morning. I was so stoked!
Then I procrastinated a week or two in buying the rest of the gift bag, per usual. But I thought it all turned out great :).
Later on I wanted one for myself but felt weird monograming my own initials, so I went with this gold design. I love it! I’ve washed it in the dishwasher at least five times with no problem and I’m drinking out of it as I write this.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy gift for a birthday or Mother’s Day, or just a way to spruce up your cabinet, check out that tutorial. You won’t be disappointed!