When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing much better than a cup of hot cocoa by the fire. Right? Well the perfect gift for all those hot chocolate loving friends is a pretty mug, maybe even filled with a little hot chocolate kit and tied with a pretty ribbon!
You can buy mugs anywhere, and most of them are pretty inexpensive, but I think a personalized handmade mug is so special, and it’s a really easy project. Plus, I made mine for only a few dollars a piece, and then I got to decorate them any fun way I wanted.
Also, all my pretty jewelry I’m wearing (except the bow ring) is from InPink, and they’re generously giving away $150 to their shop, PLUS, $20 to everyone who enters! Check out the details at the bottom of this post!
Click through for the tutorial!
- plain colored mugs (mine are from IKEA)
- multi-purpose acrylic paint and/or porcelain paint pen (I found both of mine at Michael’s)
- spray glue
- sponge brush
Step 1. Print out your letters in your desired font and size.
Step 2. With a razor blade, carefully cut out the letter, as shown.
Step 3. Lightly spray the back of the paper with spray glue, then let it dry for 3-5 minutes. Once it’s tacky, adhere to your cup (the pre-drying allows the glue to only temporarily bond the paper to the cup).
Step 4. Carefully dab the paint over the stencil. Do at least two coats of paint.
Step 5. Allow the paint to dry for at least 30 minutes, and then remove the paper and let it dry completely. If there are any mistakes or bleeding, you can scratch them off carefully with your nail or a wash cloth. Follow the instructions on your paint to cure your painting in the oven (usually it’s 24 hours air dry and about 30 minutes in the oven at 300 degrees (F)).
Alternatively, use a paint pen and create custom, non-stenciled creations (I used this image for my deer head and just free-handed it). The possibilities are endless — have fun!
The winner is Karen McAdams! Congrats, girl — watch for an email to claim your winnings.
And everyone else who entered — thank you! And you will be receiving your $20 gift certificates shortly 🙂
top: c/o lulu*s
coated denim: old navy
necklace, cuff, bracelets, rings: c/o inpink
bow ring: c/o hello fab
watch: michael kors