I’m not decorating for Christmas yet (Hello? Thanksgiving, anyone?), but I sure am thinking about Christmas presents already. I made these mugs last year, and they were a hit.
Let’s talk about easy directions first, shall we? Buy some mugs at the dollar store. Wipe the mugs down with rubbing alcohol (I don’t know why–just do it), and either use a craft cutter or some shaped stickers to place on the mug. Let me clarify–I have no artistic skill whatsoever. I can barely trace better than a second grader. If you have mad skills, congratulations to you. You’re way cooler than me. If you don’t, this is the way to go!
Once the sticker is applied, just stipple (cool word) your marker all around the shape. The first row should be very tight to create the outline of the tree. Then just start spreading out the dots as if they are dissipating until you like the way it looks. Once you’re done, just take the sticker off. Ta da!
The reindeer mug is just the exterior of the sticker. I lined it up as best I could and colored it in.
And that, folks, is all she wrote! Well, not really. Place the mugs in the oven for about 20-30 minutes at 350 degrees. I HIGHLY recommend using the oil-based Sharpie markers. I used what I had on hand, so these won’t hold up beautifully in the wash. They’ll be fine for hand washing, but if you want them to stay, use the oil-based.
For a little touch of pizzaz, I placed a little sapling into each mug–festive, no?–and considered it done.
Cost? $2.00. I guess it would be a bit more if you didn’t have the other supplies, but I only needed the mugs.
Easy peasy. Are you Christmas shopping/making yet? Please don’t tell me you’re done. No one needs to hear that just yet.