Is Valentine’s Day sneaking up on you? Don’t worry, I have you covered with this quick and simple last-minute Valentine Day Idea – DIY Valentine Sharpie Initial Mugs. So Cute! I’m Mandy and am coming to you today from www.SugarBeeCrafts.com – I love being here at SNAP Creativity!
These can be made for teacher or friend gifts; I used them as gifts for my kiddos. We don’t go too all-out for Valentine’s, but we do give them a little treat, and I knew mugs would be the perfect way to present the gift.
This is actually the first time I’ve tried decorating a mug with marker – and I’m hooked! I even tested it for you and ran it through my dishwasher and it stayed on perfectly – a win!
So, let me tell you all about it – on to the tutorial!
First, gather your supplies – you’ll need:
-a mug (I grabbed mine at the thrift store)
-a stencil (I used my cutting machine, but you could easily punch a circle out of contact paper and cut the initial using an exacto knife)
-markers in a few colors – oil-based sharpie
Prepare your mugs by wiping them down with rubbing alcohol to clean the surface. Now, on to the design – I tried two different techniques and I love them both.
First up, the stripes. I thought the stripes would appeal more to my boys.
I placed the stencil on my cup and using a straight edge of paper, I drew one line near the middle of the design:
Then after that, I just started layering the lines above and below. Make sure to extend past the circle. I varied the pattern. I made some longer and some shorter. I made some thicker and some thinner. It’s fun to get creative!
When done, simply peel off the template – this is my favorite part! Your masterpiece is revealed.
The second technique I tried was dots – I thought my girls would love these ones. They’re so cute and fun!
Again, attach the stencil. Then start with a few dots around the edges.
Then switch colors and add more dots. Vary the size and colors.
I tried to work from the edges out, switching colors pretty frequently. Just keep going until you feel like you’ve covered most of the negative space:
Then again, peel the template and be amazed by your awesome creation:
I think they are perfect to fill with candy or chocolates or hot cocoa – so so fun.
My kiddos are really excited to have their very own mug – it’s the little things that they love.
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