Tuesday, December 14, 2010

DIY Christmas Gift #2 - personalized mugs

Hi friends,
I'm excited to show you my second homemade Christmas gift of the season.  Click here if you missed the first!  I was excited to hear that with my first crafty gift post I actually had friends who created jewelry/dessert stands as a result of my post.  I'm glad to hear it was useful!

This second gift I gave to some of my friends at work.  The idea was not my own.  I found the tutorial on the Design Mom blog.  It was very easy to follow and I only deterred from the directions a little bit based off of my available supplies.

My first step was buying mugs.  I think going to Goodwill or some other thrift shop would be a great idea for this project.  I found these cute mugs in the $1 section at Michael's.  I really liked the graphics that were on them already.  I planned to just fill them with candy and give them as gifts as is until I saw how cute, easy, and cheap it would be to monogram them.
 Then I purchased my pen also at Michael's on a different day.  I would suggest buying the mugs and the pen at the same time, but when I bought the mugs the project wasn't on my radar yet.  They were out of the Black Pebeo Porcelaine pen that Gabrielle used so I purchased the Black Pebeo Vitrea 160 pen.  I'm not really sure what the difference is between the two besides the baking instructions are slightly different.  Just follow the directions on the pen!
I also didn't have transfer paper to trace my letter on the mug, but I did have a bunch of charcoal sticks in my art supply box so I just rubbed one on a piece of paper and used that as a transfer.  It worked like a charm.

The pen tip is about the size of a sharpie, but it's much more brush-like so it would be very difficult to get tiny detail.  Also the rounded mug surface (and the handle in the way because I am a lefty) made it really hard to draw my lines straight so I decided to embrace it and make them look more "hand done."  If you are a stickler for straight lines I would suggest using a stencil or outlining the letter with tape first.

Once you are done drawing let them sit for 24 hours and follow the baking instructions.  After I took them out I cleaned them off and filled them with bags of candy.  This is the final product:
I had a lot of fun making these and I think they turned out great.  Next time it would be fun to try it on mugs with a subtle print in the background.  They would be great party favors!
DIY Christmas gift #3 will be posted in a few days.

**I have been getting a lot of hits on my DIY Christmas gift posts.  If this post helped you please comment and let me know!  


  1. Thanks for my mug!! Love it!!!!

  2. funny! I am doing this project too! only i did buy them on the same day and found mugs at Ikea for 59 cents...but then turned out I bought a white pen! argh...so tonight i have to drag the boys back to Micheal's to find a black pen...

    they turned out great!!

  3. Erin, I totally thought my pen was white at first until I read that you are supposed to tap it a bunch of times for the black ink to reach the end. Thought I should mention that just in case :)

  4. these turned out so great kira! love them!

    i may have to try my hand at this soon.

    oh...and i'm a lefty too!

  5. Ok, I've seen personalized mugs before, but NONE as cute as these! Seriously cute!

  6. I'm glad to know there isn't that much of a difference between the Pebeo Porcelaine and Vitrea pens. I kept thinking the Vitrea were for glass pens, but each time I went to Michaels, the colors I needed were only available in Vitrea. Now that I'm really on a time crunch for Christmas and there isn't a difference, I'll finally be able to do the gifts!

  7. i am just curious what kind of mug to use? i bought ceramic mugs that already have a glaze/clear coat on them would they be ok to use the porcelaine pens on them and bake? please let me know
    thank you


    1. Amanda, the ones I used already had a glaze. It worked just fine!


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