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