If you are anything like me, then every year after Christmas has ended you think, “Next year, I’m going to make EVERYONE a handmade present.” Then next year rolls around and it’s a week before Christmas, you are up to your elbows in glitter and it is just not happening. Well, I have the perfect project for you! This Quick Holiday Mug lives up to it’s name, it won’t take you hours of crafting. Plus, everyone loves a good mug! You only need a couple things; A blank mug and some DecoArt Glass Paint Markers (we carry them at our Port Chester Store).
These markers a great because after curing the paint in the oven, they are dishwasher safe! Super easy to use and easy to care for afterwards. When you first open your markers, you will notice the tips are white. With the cap on, shake the marker a lot. Then using a scrap piece of cardboard (I used the packaging from the markers), press the tip of the marker straight down to the cardboard. You’ll notice that the tip retracts inward, hold it there for a while, it’s getting full up with the paint. Once your marker tip is the right color you’re ready to go!
I decided to write “Have a cup of Cheer” on my mug because I thought it would be a cute present wrapped up with some nice tea or hot cocoa. You can be completely creative and do whatever you want with your mug! Make a Santa’s Milk mug to leave out with your milk and cookies, a personalized mug, draw a picture, or whatever you can think of!
You don’t need to press very hard to use the markers so just take your time and have fun! I really liked the look of the shiny gold marker and might need to make a mug with just the gold paint next! I added some extra little snowflake details on the handle of my mug.
Once you have finished your creation you need to let the paint set for 8 hours. If you are planning on making multiple mugs I would do all the drawing in one sitting and then let all of them rest for 8 hours together. Yes, I know I said this was quick, but you don’t need to do anything to the mugs during this time, so it doesn’t count. Go use this time to wrap other presents!
Next we need to bake the mug in the oven. This is what sets the paint and makes it dishwasher safe for the future, so it’s important! Set your oven to 375 degrees, pop your mug in (don’t preheat, just put it right in!) and bake for 40 minutes. After that is over your mug is completed! Stick a bow on it and move onto your next Christmas To-Do List item. Or, just sit down and have a nice cup of cocoa instead.
We would love to see all the festive mugs you create! Share your projects with us using #DIYwithAIF and Happy Crafting!