I love giving gifts, but I hate giving generic gifts, and the best way to avoid expensive personalized gifts is to make them yourself! In high school I started making fleece tie blankets for friends, and after college I started giving friends my framed photography. Both of those DIY projects are good options, but both are a little time consuming and on the pricier side. So I started searching for fun gift ideas on Pinterest and I found this DIY mug project.
I have more coffee mugs than I know what to do with, but I still love buying new ones and making my own personalized ones seemed like the next step in my crazy coffee mug addiction! The post says to use permanent markers to write on or draw designs on ceramic mugs. I printed out an outline of the state of Wisconsin for one of my mugs and traced it (then I wrote "Go Badgers" where Madison is on the map). Once you've perfected your design, you put it in the oven at 350 degrees and bake it for 30 minutes.
I made two, with a white mug and an orange mug, to see if different mugs or colors would make a difference. Once the mugs cooled down I filled them with boiling water to see if additional heat would make the marker smudge. The marker stayed intact through multiple handlings filled with boiling water and being hand washed. I would still like to see what happens to my DIY mugs when I send them through the dishwasher…stay tuned for an update!
Pinterest do or don't? Definitely a do! I have bad handwriting and am not a good artist, but I am still super happy with how my DIY mugs turned out. They are 100 percent personalized and each mug cost $3.99 plus 10 minutes of artistic time and 30 minutes of baking time. These baked permanent marker mugs are a great, inexpensive way to send someone a fun personalized gift.
UPDATE (6/15): I washed the white mug by hand and the orange mug in the dishwasher. The orange mug actually came out better in the dishwasher than the white mug after I washed it. The orange mug only had one letter that was starting to rub off when I took it out of the dishwasher. The white mug was starting to was off in multiple locations, including the 'Go Badgers' in red on the front. So basically no matter how you wash these DIY mugs they probably aren't permanent. They are still a good, fun, inexpensive gift idea...you just have to realize they are DIY and not permanently decorated mugs.