May 31, 2013

Easy Peasy Personalized Coffee Mugs

So I have avoided Pinterest for some time - I know my personality...I know how I can find many ways to waste spend time!  But a few months back I succumb to Pinterest and it's allure and have since, been pinning away like a mad woman! 

Now, I keep this on the down low - I don't intend for others to 'follow' me or what have you - it's basically just the easiest way for me to organize all my random ideas and inspiration.

But I did make a promise to myself that I would not waste spend hours on it and that I would actually try to accomplish some of the tasks that I pinned.  I have done well to keep my time spent on it quite minimal and to date I have completed a few of my pins! Mostly ones relating to the kids but hey- at least it's not a complete waste and so far a lot of them are pretty cool! 

Take, for example, today's craft!

With all that is pictured below, I created two very personalized coffee mugs!  I did a bit more research on it though before sitting down and making these mugs.  For these were to be a gift.  We sweet sister-in-law is getting married in a few weeks.  I am so very happy for her and her fiancé!  She and I spent many a good times together...especially over coffee.  So I thought these would make a very fitting gift indeed! 

The research I found said you could use BIC permanent mean the ones my hubby just happen to get me for Christmas??? Score!!!


So grabbing those, the two mugs, a few Q-tips, some Kleenex and rubbing alcohol - I got myself a fresh cup of java, put on the tunes and set to work.

The site I followed (here) said to make sure the mugs were very clean - as in wiped down with the rubbing alcohol and then do not touch them!!

So I gave them a good wipe and tried hard not to get my hands all over them...which really wasn't too bad.  Also, the alcohol worked to erase any mistakes...hence the need for the Q-tips.  Those dipped in the alcohol worked wonders to clean up little....or big...mistakes!

Here is my first design:

In case you can't read it - it says

Cute eh?  I found it pretty witty!


And so you can better appreciate my second design here is a picture of the happy couple.

Awwww! Arent' they cute!!

Anyways, for my second design I took inspiration from 1 Corinthians 13 - And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.


Hahaha, it took a bit to get it just right - let's just say those Q-tips were well used! ;)

So I think these both turned out pretty good.  At least I was happy with them.  Now the directions I followed went like this.

Place mugs in a cold oven.
Turn on to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
Bake for 35 minutes.
Turn off oven and leave to cool - IN THE OVEN - to prevent cracking.

She suggested using less expensive mugs - they seem to work best.

Into the oven went my usable works of art - hoping that they would not fade too much....

And fade they did!


But all was not lost...

As you can see the purple stayed pretty well, as did some of the other colours - mainly the blue I used to write the scripture for my second design faded the worse.  So I went over it, using purple to highlight...err darken it and back into the oven they went.  Same directions as before.

The results were pretty good.  I did a scrub test once they had cooled and nothing came off.  I don't know how these would fair in a I do not have one...other then my hubby *wink wink* to test them in.

The colours stayed, but certainly faded - more of a soft, dreamy feel then the vibrant, fresh look they started as.  I took a couple before cooked in the oven photos and after cooked the second time (the final product) for you to see the difference. 

BEFORE                                                                                                                        AFTER                      

BEFORE                                                                                                                        AFTER        

So I would have to say, this project is a pretty decent success!  I think the results are good and it's easy to make - great idea for a kids party or maybe a wedding shower activity - everyone could decorate a mug for the new couple - or something like that.

So cross another activity off of my pin list!  It feels good to justify the wasted, spent....okay, fine let's just be real, wasted time on Pinterest.  I have a few other projects I have done and will share and some I hope to do and will probably share them as well.  It nice to see creativity in action, don't you think?  Plus then you really learn if all those crazy Pinterest ideas are actually doable or not!  This was totally doable, easy, mess free and fun!   

And best of all, the bride-to-be was very happy with them - so I was very happy then too!

Have a great and blessed weekend!

 Oh and I leave you with this little visual (that yes, I found on Pinterest) of how it all began.....


...umm...yup...that was pretty much it! lol!!!




  1. Nice to see the process...this was such a great idea and Chrissy obviously LOVED them :)

    That pinterest comic is hilarious! hahaha! I think you should make your board public so I can be inspired by all your hard pinning work...I have yet to join but I'm tempted.

    1. I basically joined after a few weeks of saving all the stuff I found in various locations on my computer...and then never knowing/remembering where I put it. It's easy to find all in one place now!

      And Dave and I were purging and going through a binder we found. It had various house, gift and project ideas in it. All torn out from magazines or other sources and we took one look at it and said, "Pinterest" and purged it. Less physical stuff to have to store too, so other then it can suck away some SERIOUS time, it's not such a bad thing! ;)

  2. Well....

    I think this is awesome. You've beaten me to this pin - because I've pinned this as well. HOWEVER -- I think your blog post, here, should be pinned because what a great tutorial - with the before and after photos!! Girl - what an artist you are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously.

    In fact, I'm gunna. Pin away.


    1. Hahah- you DID Pin it! lol!!! Awww, thank you! You make me feel cool - that I'm 'pin' worthy! haha! ;)

  3. Nice ... I was actually thinking of pinning this on my pinterest board when I saw the title. :) A great craft for myself or with the teens at the library. I didn't want to succumb to pinterest... but have found it very helpful with planning my summer reading program at work this year. My pinterest name is kendrasfavs. Hope we can be friends. :)

  4. I've seen so many mixed reviews on this method, so I'm glad you did a comparison! I like real-life pins that tell the truth. Haha! Sadly I think some people do tutorials before testing their methods and the real results aren't the same. Cute, cute cute! I love Pinterest, helps me keep track of my favorite recipes.

    1. Glad you liked it - I thought the comparison made sense - the you REALLY know what you're getting into. Hence why I did some extra searching before I actually sat down to make this one. And yes...I love Pinterest too...never thought I would but I do - it sooo easy to be organized with it! *bliss*


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