Secret Santa gifts, teachers, friends, family members, etc; the list can go on and on. Many of us will set a budget and then find it difficult to find a gift that is worth that amount of money (especially if it isn’t much). This little DIY coffee mug will be personal and loved by every recipient. It will be a very special christmas gift.
I went to AC Moore and purchased my paint markers and initial stickers. Make sure your markers are paint markers. If they aren’t, they will wash off in the dishwasher. You can pick any sort of sticker if you’d like. I did everyone’s initials.
Second, you’ll want to find solid colored mugs. I went to Christmas Tree Shop and found my mugs for $2.99 each. One of the styles was even $1.99. You can even find some at Dollar Tree for $1.
Once you decide what you’re going to put on your mug, I did initial, place the sticker onto the mug.
Next you want to take the first color marker that you want to use as your base. I used pointillism as my way of creating the design. You want to just make small tiny dots and cover around the letter (or design) and then slowly fade out onto the rest of the mug. It’s okay if you get marker on the sticker because you will be peeling it off in the end.
Once your first layer is complete, you’re going to pick your second color and do the same thing and then repeat it for your third. You want to start around the sticker and then spread out onto the rest of the mug. You can also use your eye for this and place dots where they may not be the base color as well.
After your mugs are completely decorated the way you would like them, peel off the sticker. Ps. If you have a dot or marker in a spot that you don’t want, get a Q-tip and some nail polish remover and gently wipe the marker off.
Lastly put your mugs upside down on a cookie sheet into your over at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. This is going to set the paint.
Once the mugs are done “cooking”, let them cool inside the oven. I let mine cool for awhile just to make sure nothing would happen to them. After they have cooled off, they are good to be wrapped.
Enjoy!!! Wrap up your new mug in a cute gift bag and send off to their new home.