Happy birthday mom!
My mom's birthday was a couple of days ago and I made her a present that turned out really neat so I wanted to share it with you all! In order to keep things more personal, and on the more frugal side, I thought I would try out making a design on a plain mug and baking it, like I have seen on Pinterest and other sites.
First I started with a trip to the dollar store to get a plain, white mug, for you know, a dollar. The dollar store is one of my favorite places to go and browse. They have more than you think and it's a great place to get small storage containers, cat toys, coloring books, measuring cups, and other random things. I don't buy perishables there but I figure if I buy stuff from China at Target why not get it cheaper at the dollar store?
Second, I grabbed my sharpies. I have a bunch of sharpies because...
I like office supplies. Anyway, one of the blogs I read said to use oil-based Sharpies instead of regular to ensure the design doesn't rub off. I chose not to go buy more Sharpies, but I did instruct my mom to hand wash the mug. I will let you know how that goes.
Third, create your design. I like to draw a bit and I do these little characters so I thought I would put that on the mug. I found a really cute joke on, yep you guessed it, Pinterest, so I added that to my characters.
On the left you have me and on the right you have my mom
I say to my mom, "Hey mom! What's it like to have the best daughter in the world?" and my mom says, "I don't know, dear. You'll have to ask grandma."
Haha, right? Touché mom, touché.
Next, you let it sit for a few hours to "soak in". Then place in the oven and turn on bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Put the mug in when you set it, so it is in the oven while it's heating, then leave the mug in until the oven has completely cooled. This prevents cracking.
And there you have it! Happy birthday mom!!!