With the recent onset of subzero weather in New England, I’ve found myself drinking mug after mug of steaming hot tea, coffee, and cocoa to warm up a bit. This has also led me to realize that I don’t really like any of my mugs. Well, except for my monogram Anthro mug which I adore, but one can only get so much use out of a single mug. And sometimes, one does not feel like doing the dishes.
I’ve also recently developed a bit of an obsession with metallic sharpies. I mean, have you used these things? They’re freaking awesome! So, I figured I’d use them to make myself some pretty mugs to enjoy for the rest of the winter.
I grabbed a couple of plain white mugs from Target (which you can easily find at the Christmas Tree Shop or dollar store for even less). The original plan was to hole punch some contact paper to make stencils for the polka dots, but then I spotted these!
I totally forgot these even existed! I mean, I haven’t used a three ring binder in probably close to a decade. It was like one of those moments when you feel a light bulb go on in your head. Saving myself the trouble of cutting up and hole punching a bunch of contact paper seemed well worth the $1.89.
Apply the stickers to your mug to achieve desired polka dot pattern. I’m not so sure of the food safety-ness of Sharpies, so I kept the polka dots toward to bottom half of the mug. I would recommend leaving one of the outside corners a little loose, it makes removal of the stickers MUCH easier.
Then you just fill them in with your choice of Sharpie (mine was obviously gold). You might need to go back and fill in a couple of spots once the first coat dries.
Apparently didn’t press the inside of the sticker in well enough and some of the color seeped through a bit. After unsuccessfully trying to clean this up with rubbing alcohol, I ended up drawing a larger (freehand, and not as perfect) polka dot over those.
Sharpies dry fairly quickly, I just let mine sit for a couple of minutes while I colored in the second mug. Then, you just peel off the stickers to reveal adorable little gold polka dots!
You then need to cure them in the oven by baking them at 350 degrees for 30 minutes and let them cool completely before using them.
I’m so pleased with the way they turned out! And I love how it didn’t even require a trip to the craft store, I got everything I needed right at Target!
Just a note – I’ve heard that the Sharpies don’t hold up well in the dishwasher. As I currently don’t have a working dishwasher (unless you count my boyfriend), this wasn’t much of a deterrent for me. Nor did I have a way of verifying this information. I can confirm that they held up just fine when washed with a sponge and some dish detergent.
What do you guys think? Have you used the metallic Sharpies? I’m always looking for new ways to use them, I’d love to hear your ideas!