Now that it’s officially November, its time to start thinking of Christmas presents right?
One way to save on some cash during the holiday seasons is to make your own gifts, that’s what I like to do at least :). More money saved on gifts is more money in my pocket!
For my birthday one of my besties gave me a super duper cute mug.
I thought, hey, I could probably make something like this!
See? Isn’t it cute? She doesn’t know me at all 😉
I found this cute idea for friends/family who either like coffee or hot cocoa or just like to collect mugs I guess. You can even make it into a teacher gift if you’re into getting gifts for your kids’ teachers. Thankfully I’m not into that, oh wait…I am the teacher 😉 .
To the project!
- First you’ll need to gather your materials.
- You’ll need a plain white mug or plain mug of your choice in color, though if you really want to use a colored one you can, I used white because then you can use all pretty colors on it. I got mine at, wait for it….the Dollar Store. Yes. So if you’re making a ton of these for friends or teachers, good way to save right there.
- Alphabet stickers
- Oil based markers in colors you like, I would suggest getting fine point ones -I used Sharpie, though I’m sure there are other brands out there that do the same thing, and if you’re planning making a bunch of these with different colors, get a pack if they come that way. You can get these at Michaels, Joann’s, Amazon or any craft store I’m sure.
Next, you’ll want to put the first name initial of the person the mug is for on the mug.
Then, grab the markers and start making dots around the sticker. You’ll want the dots that are closest to the sticker to be basically right on top of each other and then spread it out as you move away from the sticker.
Like so —->
You can use as many colors as you’d like, I used 3 , but you’ll do the same thing with the other colors until you like how it looks.
After you’ve dotted your mug, let the paint dry. I’d give it 10-15 minutes. Peel off the sticker and check out your masterpiece.
But you’re not done yet! You’ll want to heat up your oven to 350. Yup, you’re going to bake these bad boys. I put mine on a cookie sheet so it wouldn’t tip over easily. Throw them in the oven for 30 minutes and then let cool.
Super duper easy huh? I thought so! I know what I’m doing for Christmas presents this year!! And if you’re super artistic you can draw pretty things like flowers or do something like the mug I have in the picture up there.