Make your own Sharpie Mug or Dish!

     I’m sure that somewhere in your town or city there is a local ceramic shop where you can go and sit down for hours, painting what ever you choose to and get to pick it up a few days later, leaving with an original and often useful work of art. I’ve been to the one in my town plenty of times and have painted most of what they had to offer from a ceramic tennis racket refrigerator magnet to a beautiful set of mugs based on some from one of the Harry Potter movies. The bad news about these places though, is that it can be very time consuming and if you keep going back to work on your project you have to keep paying the sitting fee. Also it can be very expensive based on what you want to paint and you never know if it will be really crowded or busy which is not very relaxing. Luckily for me and all of you there is a easy and inexpensive alternative that you can do right at home.

White mug with Sharpie writing

I saw this idea on Pinterest and I think its brilliant, I can’t believe I never thought of doing it before. This is what you’ll need:

  • A plain white ceramic mug, plate, bowl or any other item you may want to turn into a work of art. (The Dollar Tree has many to choose from for only a dollar)
  •  Sharpies! You definitely want to have a black one but this will also work with any colored sharpie as long as it will be distinctive from the white, the possibilities are endless! Feel free to use both think and thin tipped ones.
  • Access to an oven
  • A timer

That’s pretty much all you need, so go ahead and begin! Just take whatever it is that you’re using, lets say it’s a mug. Then write or draw on what you want it to say. I have seen some with things like cute sayings, quotes, anniversary dates or random drawings. Next pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees, and once you’re ready bake your ceramic for about 30 minutes. You’ll want to be careful when you get it out since it’ll be so hot, and let it cool off  for 10 minutes or so before you touch it.

There you have it, an awesome one of a kind usable work of art. You can keep it for yourself or they make wonderful gifts. The ink will permanently be there, you can wash it with soap and water and it won’t come off, how cool is that! Here’s an example of a cute plate that was made this way:

plate

Now go make one!

This is a link to an article that has 31 easy project ideas that I think are neat but won’t be posting, in case you’re looking for other ideas

http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/31-insanely-easy-and-clever-diy-projects

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