I like to make little gifts for my college library co-workers and hand them out before our winter break. Last year I made soy candles. This year I made decorated coffee mugs. I made 17 mugs with either the first letter of their first name, a reindeer, or a Christmas tree.
- The cheapest, crappiest, plainest mugs you can find – you want mugs with no coating on them so the cheaper the better. I got mine at Dollar Tree.
- Oil-based Sharpie markers (I used a gold marker and a silver one.)
- Stickers, or sticker paper and a printer
- Rubbing alcohol
1. Wash the mug. It doesn’t hurt to clean the surface you’ll be decorating with rubbing alcohol. Let it dry completely.
2. Apply a sticker centered in the area you want to decorate. I used some alphabet stickers intended for scrapbooking. For the rest of the designs, I found images I liked online, slapped them into a Word document, and printed them on sticker paper. Print them in grayscale to save some ink because you’re throwing them out in the end anyway. Cut the designs out of the sticker paper carefully. You want to choose designs that work well as silhouettes. I used a solid tree shape and a reindeer head.
3. Start using one of the markers to make dots all around the design. You want to outline the design so the shape is clear. I started by going around the design with one marker and then slowly spread out from there making the dots more sparse. Switch to the other marker and do the same.
4. Wait until the marker has dried – probably two hours. Carefully peel off the stickers. At this point, you can use rubbing alcohol and Q-tips to fix any mistakes. Some of the dots got under my stickers which messed up the appearance of the shape. I was able to erase those with rubbing alcohol. Add any new marker dots you feel you need.
5. Let the design dry for 24 hours.
6. Bake at 250 degrees for 2 hours.