Whoa! It’s been a while since I’ve posted something, but don’t you dare think I haven’t been busy! I’ve been busy making things, but also really lazy when it comes to writing things. I’m getting back on the writing train, so here’s my most recent thing. A couple good friends of mine recently had a baby girl (like, last week — this baby is fresh). What a perfect opportunity for a gift basket! I thought, “Hmmmm … what would new parents need after having a new baby?” Duh, COFFEE. But how would they drink it? Out of personalized coffee mugs, of course!
These are super easy to make and require little time and money, but the results are pretty sweet. You’ll need:
- Two coffee mugs in white or another light color (unless you use gold or silver Sharpie–fancy pants!)
- A practice cup or mug you don’t care about
- An oil based Sharpie pen (thickness depends on your preference)
- An oven
I was tempted to use a regular ol’ Sharpie pen lying around my apartment, but after doing some craft blog research I realized that wouldn’t end well. It’s better to use an oil based Sharpie pen. Why? Because it’ll last longer on the mug, that’s why. Regular Sharpies won’t last as long and the last thing you want is for your design to run down the drain after the first wash. You can get them on Amazon (here), but I picked up my oil based Sharpies at my local Michaels for about $6 bucks (for two). A sucker for sales, I picked up two (one in fine and one in medium) because they were buy one get one half off. I ended up only using the medium one because it achieved the look I wanted. These pens come in many neat colors, so don’t feel like you have to stick with black!
(NOTE: I’m pretty sure these mugs aren’t machine washable. I haven’t tried, but I’d suggest hand-wash only.)
Now that you’ve got your pen, I suggest practicing on a cup you don’t care about. A cup will have a similar round shape to your mug, which will help you get used to writing on that type of surface. You can’t get that type of practice just writing on a piece of paper. If you’re stumped on a lettering design, hop onto Pinterest! As usual, I found some great ideas and inspiration there.
When you feel comfortable with your lettering on the practice glass, it’s time for the headliner. Since this is my first time doing this I figured I’d go with a simple white coffee mug with black Sharpie. I’ll get fancy with it another time. I picked up these coffee mugs from Target for about $3.50 each. Usually, I’d go to a thrift store or the 99 Cents Store, but we don’t have any good ones within walking distance.
(Now that I’m writing this I realize there’s a dollar store about 3 blocks away from my apartment. FAIL!)
Wash the mug first and let it dry, then write on it! I was really worried about my lettering coming out crooked so I stuck a post-it note about half way down the mug as a guide (sorry, not pictured below).
Write, write, write. Try to cover up mistakes. Try not to smudge the ink. And you’re done! Well, you’re done with the lettering. Here’s the design I ultimately decided on. To give it a personalized touch, I added the baby’s date of birth to the mug.
The final step is to bake it in an oven. This sets the ink on the mug and (hopefully) will prevent the ink from washing off. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake the mug for about 30 minutes. Be careful when removing it from the oven because it’ll be HOT. Sit it on a counter and let it cool for a couple hours before doing anything else with it.
BOOM! Done! You’ve got yourself a personalized mug, or in my case two personalized mugs. Like I said earlier, I’m pretty sure these are hand-wash only. If you know otherwise, please let me know! I’m adding these guys to a gift basket for my friends. Along with the mugs, I’m throwing in a bag of Zeke’s Coffee — a local Baltimore/DC coffee roastery. After all, the coffee was the whole point of this thing!
Try it out for yourself and happy crafting!