Monday, January 7, 2013

Pinspired: DIY BFF State Mugs

I'm sure you're rolling your eyes with that title.  Clever, I am not.  Lately I have been finding myself balancing this working mom life a little better these days.  Probably because: 1. my kiddo is mostly sleeping through the night and 2. when Theron's awake he's been mostly happy.  Woo to the hoo.  Win, win.

While browsing Pinterest a few weeks ago I stumbled across this pin:

Image above from here and original inspiration from here

Perhaps the cutest thing I've seen in a long time! I saw it just a couple days before Christmas and knew I wanted to recreate them and personalize them for my bestie who lives in Texas.  We stopped doing gifts last year but this was a must.


The toughest part in DIYing the mugs would be free-handing Illinois and Texas--probably two of the hardest states to draw for this non-artist!

My Process:

[I basically followed the directions in the blog post and they turned out so great!]

1 - I bought some white mugs and a package of fresh new sharpies from Big Lots.

2 - I googled some images of Texas and Illinois and practiced drawing them a couple of times before drawing on the mugs.

3 - Once I was mostly happy with my renditions, I drew the states on the mugs with black eyeliner.  Once finished, I traced with a black sharpie and then waited awhile for it to dry and then rubbed the eyeliner off.

4 - I let them dry overnight and then baked them at 400 degrees for nearly an hour.  [I had read in the comments that a lot of people had problems with the ink coming off while washing them and the ones that cooked them longer + at a higher heat seemed to have better luck.] My bestfriend doesn't have a dishwasher so they should last a little longer--at least that's what I am hoping!


My sweet best friend loved her homemade gifts and I was so happy to give her something meaningful and from the heart.  Here's hoping she'll be home soon...for good!  


Have you guys DIYed anything fun lately?  I'm on a roll...

p.s. More posts are in the works--we've got project playroom happening right now.  Eek!

xoxo

13 comments:

Leigh @ Kesler Expressler said...

Those turned out great! I can't wait to hear how they fair in the dishwasher. I really want to do this (sharpie on mug) but so far all the instructions I've found have been using paint Sharpies, not the normal ones.

Joi said...

Hi Leigh!

Good luck with yours! I'm hoping they hold up for my bff!

Chris said...

How cute are these? I love it! Yours turned out so good!

Mrs. Chic said...

That is so sweet!! I really love this idea!! Yours turned out so perfect:)
I want to throw a party of my gfs this year and would lvoe to gift each one with a special coffee cup, this gives me ideas!! :)

Caitlin @ Desert Domicile said...

Those are so cute, Joi! Your state drawings are super cute too :)

Peace Love Applesauce- Terri said...

Seriously in love with these.. they look perfect!!

sarahjean said...

Love them so much! One of the best presents of all time. And thanks for posting pics where I look half way decent :)

Julie S. said...

That is SUCH a cute idea!

Sharstin said...

these are adorable!

Freckles Chick said...

I'll be your BFF....you can totes make me one of these adorable mug too. =]

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

These are soooooo cute. What a great and thoughtful gift

Anonymous said...

Terrible blonde comment...but who gets which state?!

Jackie said...

Did you give both mugs to your friend or did you keep one? If so which one?

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