Monday, December 3, 2012

Dare to Give Handmade...Sharpie Mugs!

This week's Dare to DIY challenge is to Give Handmade. I've made my stance on handmade gifts pretty clear over the years...I moooostly don't do them. Except for a sundae in a box and some caramels. Wait, why are all my homemade gifts food related??? But anyway, this gift was born out of pure selfishness. I wanted it for myself and when it turned out kinda cute, I decided to gift one to my friend and her little fam. You can personalize that shizz too!

I wanted a cuter plate for Santa's cookies and a cuter cup for the milk. I actually told myself to do this last year. So I'm proud of myself for my follow-through. Anywho, I decided to do the ubiquitous sharpie on a mug/plate thing. You've had to see this all over Pinterest. However, once a DIY project goes viral, with it comes all sort of complaints about things not working and OHMYGODHOWWILLIWASHIT??? People need to 1) calm the eff down and 2) follow directions.

btw have you noticed that a chalkboard wall is pretty much the perfect background for everything?

Target has perfect little plates and espresso mugs for $1.99 each, which was the perfect price for messing up. I actually checked the Dollar Tree first but they didn't have anything nearly as cute. You also need a Sharpie fine point, oil-based paint marker. I picked it up at Michaels and it was right on the Sharpie endcap.

First, I preheated my oven to 350 degrees.  Then I sketched out on paper what I wanted it to look like. Then I just decided to go for it and free-hand write it on the plate. Luckily I didn't hate it. But honestly, I was sort of scared the whole 20 seconds it took me to do it.

Then I put the plate and mug into the oven, right on the rack and baked it for 30 minutes. Once the timer went off, I turned the oven off but left the plate and mug in there for a few hours, until the oven & the stuff were fully cooled.

Took it out, had a little photoshoot, ate the cookies and plopped both pieces in the dishwasher. Normally I'd just handwash it because this is a one-night-a-year thing and it's not getting that dirty. But since the internet crazies have to know all methods of washing, it made it through a normal dishwashing almost unscathed. Some of the paint came off but not enough for me to even care or fill it in. How about you just handwash them carefully? Good? Good. 

Go check out the rest of the handmade gifts and feel bad about your self! ;)


Amy said...

Awesome! I didn't even think about making a plate & mug for Santa...just pinned you :)

bethany said...

Adorable!! I've been meaning to make some sharpied mugs or dishes, but can't quite get my crap together enough to order supplies online. :)

Also, I love how people on the web get all fired up about these Sharpie DIYs. But OMG! What if I ingest sharpie residue? What if it slightly smudges in the washer?

Clearly I don't operate on the same DIY level as others, because I just expect to ingest Sharpie residue and to have a smudged project in the end. If I don't...I'm pleasantly surprised. :)

Vel Criste said...

This is so easy, never knew there was a type of sharpie that could do that! Thanks for sharing this, it would make a great gift!

Linking back from dare to DIY

Caitlin @ Desert Domicile said...

How cute! I love your handwriting too!

Stopping by from the Dare to DIY party :)

Meghan said...

Love this! And it reminded me that I um, have a kid. And should probably do the cookies for Santa thing this year.

Nellie said...

i was wondering if this worked or not. glad you were the guinea pig :).

and...couldn't agree more about the chalkboard background. was going to tell you that your pics look great lately (not that they didn't before but you know what i mean...)

Kim Morrow said...

This is SUCH a great idea! Forget about giving it as a gift--I'm making one of these for my kiddos to put out each year for Santa! ;)

Thanks for sharing!

Kim @ Little Rays of Sunshine

K @ Shift Ctrl ART said...

What a great idea! Love the mug and plate. You handwriting is beautiful!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

I love that you are telling all of the Interwebs to calm down. I mean, seriously, someone had to do it.

Santa is one lucky dude. Getting to enjoy milk and cookies at your house, with this mug?

Thanks for linking up to Dare to DIY! You rock and I really appreciate it.

Jillian Keefe said...

yup, you are pinned. i love you! honestly, i have seen this before, i have been to scared and i just wasn't inspired. you; my friend made this awesome and i am so doing it for the last few gifts i have to finish up for christmas. :) thank you!!!!

twopurplecouches said...

stopping by via dare to diy. this is such a cute idea! i may have to save this for the day i have kids. also love the shade of green you picked for the plate and cup :)

Kristen Holmes said...

Ha - this post made me laugh because you nailed the OMGHOWWILLIWASHTHIS hysteria!

I love your mug & cookie plate. This is on my list for this that I know I can throw it in the dishwasher and live recklessly!

Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

LOVE THIS! I just wish I had your lovely pen-woman-ship! I have horrible handwriting, thank goodness I'm a graphic designer! ;)

DecorandtheDog said...

I think it's unfair that your handwriting looks all cute and mine would look like a toddler drew on the dinnerware.

Thanks for joining the Dare to DIY!

Jessica Pilat said...

I love your last paragraph... With something like this, I would probably expect the same things!


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