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.
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:
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!