Guys. I am a pinterest-a-holic. I’m pretty sure I converted every one of my friends when I found it (years ago) & I don’t think I’ve ever gone a day without looking something up on Pinterest. It’s my google. I love how pinterest changes per the season & I can always count on it to add to my To-Do list & stress about decorating my house & lack of mantel. I wish it was around before my wedding, but can always count on it for Toddler Activites & ideas for Holidays and gift giving.
This last year as we were preparing to spend Christmas in Washington, I was skimming through pinterest looking for some fun projects that Presley and I could do to gift to family members and came across the famous ‘draw on a coffee mug & bake it and it’s perfect’. LIES LIES LIES. As soon as we saw it, we made the list. Headed out for cheap dollar store mugs, sharpies and came home to decorate them. Bake them for a million hours & BAAM. The designs washed right off. What? A pin that wasn’t true?! It can’t be! #sarcasm
So. I dug a little deeper. Discovered that that DIY post had TONS of negative feedback and others linked to a more reliable project – so we went out shopping again for OIL BASED SHARPIES. Y’all. SAME thing happened. They washed right off. So now, I’m $30 invested in a billion sharpies and still have no Presley decorated mugs. I gave up, we made other things and here we are months lateR- With a tried & true solution: DECO ART PENS.
I was a skeptic, but after becoming part of the Deco-Art blogger team, figured that I would give this project – one more try.
Having this project fail TWICE, I wasn’t too hopeful that these pens would work – but we tried yet again. Gathering supplies – We used CHEAP dollar store mugs. This is one thing every tutorial I’ve read has in common, the cheapness helps the pens stick – plus, you can’t go wrong with a $1 mug, especially those tall ones we found. Make sure when you are picking out mugs you give them a good inspection. Lots of the stores we’ve been too in searching for mugs carry less than perfect mugs (duh, it’s the dollar store!) check for a handle that is secure, any chips, cracks or aesthetic damages.
Supplies: DecorArt Pens, Dollar Store Mugs, Alcohol Wipes & then stencils or some pictures as a guide to freehand
Use the alcohol wipes to wipe down the area you are designing, to get rid of finger oils and any other debris. This will help the pens to go on evenly and stay. Decorate away. These pens are pretty wet, I tried using the letters as stencils and doing a polka dot effect around, but they bled underneath so I wiped it away and just freehanded some arrows instead. I let Presley go crazy & she kept looking at me like, “Are you sure this is okay?” – Once I told her she could do whatever she wanted, she got the biggest smile and loved coloring all over her mug:
Let them sit for 8 hours to set & then throw them in the oven for 40 minutes (the full directions are on the back of the pens) and then let them cool down with the oven door open (I know, I need to clean my oven):
Then, I gave mine a wash and was anxious to open the dishwasher. THEY CAME OUT PERFECT. I couldn’t believe it. I’m pretty sure I texted the hubby and was like, “I did it! The cup project I’ve failed twice before finally worked – I found magic pens!” So, here we are, 5 washes later and still perfect. So, we will definitely doing more of these for Mothers Day and Christmas in the future. Easy peasy & we love a mug we can throw in the dishwasher without fear of the design washing away!
Let me know if you have any questions in the comments – I don’t mind answering them!