So some good friends of mine are coming to stay with Chip and I for the weekend and getting everything ready for BFF Palooza has been all consuming!
Somehow though, in the last day or two Camille (another BFF), and I found time to test the Sharpie Design Your Own Mug Pin, there are a variety, here are some the most popular:
The above pin is the one I see pinned the most, we used this one as our base instructions. This pin says to use a clean mug, draw on your creations, and cook at 350 for 30 minutes. After some more research we added these other two pins and made our project a mash up of the best Sharpie Mug Pins.
This one says to finish your creations with a spray finish, after it has baked and cooled, lucky for me I happened to have two different types of spray finish on hand!
This one we simply pinned because we thought it was smart to put in a cake pan, and the saying was cute :) Stocking stuffers anyone?!
Here are Camille's design inspiration pins:
and here is my inspiration...
Here are our results!!
Here is what we started with...
Camille's creations...(I like hers better than mine, my creative juices just weren't flowing yesterday...)
Aren't they cute! She did a Star Wars theme on one side, and inside the mug, and then personal interests on the other side and their names on the handle. Their wedding anniversary is next week so she gave it to him as a early present :) I just love them, they are the best friends!!
And here are mine, (maybe I should label them Pinstrosity I am NOT happy about how Chip's turned out... :P ) I was going for a funny mug on a mug look, but it just looks silly and out of place, oh well, the Graham Cracker box is pretty accurate and he eats "Graham Crampckers and Malk"(as we call it in our house) every night so I know it will get used :)
And for some reason my camera isn't working today, so I apologize that the below pictures are out of focus, but you still get the gist I hope.
So what's our tried and true method?
We used clean white ceramic mugs that we got at Wal-Mart, Camille used ONLY Sharpie and I used a combo of Sharpie and Bic permanent markers. We colored what we wanted on them, if you mess up you can quickly lick your finger and smudge off or use a wet paper towel and it comes of like dry erase marker. We put them in a pre heated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes, let them cool completely and then Camille used Enamel Clear Finishing Coat Spray, and I used Matte Spray Finish.
Now when they had cooled and before I used the spray I noticed if I rubbed at them vigorously the color started to fade, but after the spray I am free and clear! They are permanent!!
I think the key to this is a finishing spray, if you like the matte look I got my spray at Wal-Mart in the Spray Paint section. The one Camille borrowed from me I found in the craft section at Wal-Mart, and hers was a gloss finish.
Good luck with this Pinstrosipeeps!!
**We have had some questions about washing and the toxicity of the spray and I'm sorry I didn't clarify beforehand, the BFF trio got here and it was party time!!
So the Krylon spray did not clarify if it was non-toxic or not however I didn't spray the lip area or inside the mug. I will have to see if Camille sprayed inside her mugs because she had designs inside. I know some would be concerned if it was toxic, but I am not worried about it because I was careful to not put it on the lip area. I also don't have a dishwasher so I am not sure how it would handle that, but so far it has withheld hand washing.**