When my husband and I registered for our dinnerware for our wedding I fell in love with these square white plates and bowls. They are simple, yet beautiful. However, I wasn't fond of the plain white mugs. I loved that they were a decent size, but they were just blah! They have been sitting in my cupboard for a year and a half and never really get used since I had clear glass ones (another wedding gift!). Then I got the bright idea to decorate them.
I'm not an artist by any means, so I wasn't sure what I'd do with them, then I saw a few idea's on Pinterest. I used to be in to stamping and scrapbooking, but never really got that far with it because it was too much of a hassle to take it all out just to put it all back an hour later. But being me, I spent quite a bit of money on the supplies, that have come in handy lately!. So I trekked down to the basement and looked through my stamps. I figured I could stamp on a mug, bake it, and call it good!
WRONG! Even the "permanent ink" scratched off with a couple of washes. So this is how I decorated my mugs...and it is permanent - I promise!
(I'll show the freehand and the stamped version)
1. Use a plain white mug you have laying around or buy one. You can get them cheap (for a dollar, ha!) at the dollar store. Or you could do this to any white dish for that matter!
2. Get a Sharpie. I suggest the normal sized ones, the "permanent marker" kind.
3. Find a design you like and draw it on with the Sharpie freehand (skip down to #4)
Okay if you are going to use a stamp follow this direction but use the same cooking direction for the Sharpie AND stamped design.
1. Find a stamp you like and use a permanent ink stamp pad.
2. Roll the stamp on. Do not lift stamp up! Careful because it will slip - so you've got one shot unless you can wipe it off real quick- and it's okay if little parts are missing since you'll Sharpie over it.
3. Wait about a minute then go over the design with the Sharpie (this will make it permanent since the ink will scratch off)
4. COOKING FOR BOTH: Set oven to 350 degrees and cook for 25 minutes
5. Make sure you wait for the cup to cool - as it gets super hot!
6. Add coffee, tea, ice cream, wine even to you new coffee mug!
*You can also do this with the Sharpie Paint Pens! They come in metallic colors and look AMAZING!