DIY: $1 Valentine's Day Mugs

Thursday, January 23, 2014

These sweet mugs could not be any easier to make - or any cheaper. The only supplies you need are plain white mugs that are dishwasher/microwave/oven safe (I bought mine for $1 each at Dollar Tree), a Sharpie, and an oven. Any color sharpie will work.
First, I chose two of my very favorite "love" quotes:

"To love another person is to see the face of God." - Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

"It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together . . . and I knew it." 
- Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle

Then I just took a deep breath and started writing with my Sharpie.
*Tip: If you mess up big time, use rubbing alcohol (or nail polish remover) on a cotton ball to take off the Sharpie and start over again. This was my saving grace on the second mug.
 Then I went back and filled in some of the letters to make them bolder.
Finally, place your mugs in a cold oven and turn it on to 425°F. Set a kitchen timer to 2 hours. Once the 2 hours is over, turn the oven off but leave your mugs in the oven until they're cool (this may take a few hours). This will make the marker lines set and the mug become dishwasher safe.
That's it! Enjoy your $1 mugs with your sweetheart.
Post edit: I changed the oven time from 30 minutes to 2 hours after reading plenty of other people online whose Sharpie wore off after a couple washes in the dishwasher. In mugs I've made in the past with this method, the Sharpie hasn't worn off. I'll keep you posted about these. :)

11 comments:

  1. GOING TO DO THIS FOR LIKE EVERY BLANK MUG I FIND. Mason is going to kill me :)

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    1. HAHA! So funny Ash. This is a great craft Whitney!! :)

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    2. Haha Ash... I can totally picture this. Totally. Can't wait to see all your new mugs in a couple weeks. ;)

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  2. Love this! But your handwriting is so much prettier than mine would be :) I'll still give it a try though!

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  3. Thanks for sharing...this is awesome.

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  4. Love love love! Ok so Rachel Thomas had made me some mugs similar & when I washed it in the dishwasher it got ruined!!! Have you tried dishwashing them? Are they ok?

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    1. Oh no!! I haven't dishwashed these yet, but have washed a mug I've made like this before, and it's been ok so far. I ended up changing the instructions on this to say 2 hours in the oven (instead of 30 minutes) which I've read helps. I have also read it helps if you let it dry for 24 hours before baking it. I'll keep you posted.

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    2. Oh that's so good to know! Ok. It is such an adorable idea!!!!

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  5. Adorable! Your handwriting is so pretty - I feel that if I wrote on a mug I would only criticize my handwriting every time I used it. I tried this one time and the marker just wiped off. However I didn't let it sit in the oven until cool and that could be the key - did the market stay on for you?

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  6. What a GREAT idea! SO cute and you have the best handwriting :) Thank you for sharing I will have to do this for some Valentine Days presents!

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