So it’s almost Valentine’s Day, with stores swimming in red and pink, Hallmark cards around every corner, and sappy commercials in full force. Whether you have a special someone or not, you have friends and family who love you, so check out our easy craft idea for this month – perfect for chilly weather and someone you love!
Sharpies and Mugs
- White mug with curvy handle
- Colored Sharpie oil-based markers
- Contact paper or removable adhesive vinyl
Trace the handle of your mug onto a piece of paper, then cut out the half-heart shape. Use that stencil to trace a whole heart onto contact paper or vinyl. Cut out the vinyl, and then adhere to the mug with half in the inside of the handle and the other half sticking to the mug. Then, trace the edge of the heart stencil with the marker of your choice – in a dotted line, zig zag, or random dots surrounding the shape! You can add another heart to the middle of the mug, or jot a cute message (I heart you!) onto the mug as well. Allow the paint to dry for at least ten minutes before removing the vinyl or contact paper. If you make any mistakes, you can wipe them off with rubbing alcohol (or vodka).
Next, allow another 20 minutes of drying time. After that, place in a cold oven and heat the oven to 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. Turn the oven off and allow the mug to cool inside before removing. Repeat the whole baking process again to fully cure the paint onto the mug. Then, if desired, spray a light coat of sealer onto the mug, such as Modge Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer. It’s a good idea to put painter’s tape over the lip of the mug, turn upside down, and then spray, so you don’t get sealer on the part anyone will drink from.
Aim for hand washing the mug to make the design last!
We hope you have a little fun with a craft for anyone you care about this Valentine’s Day. This kind of idea can be great for lots of other occasions as well – birthdays, Mother’s Day, etc. Or just for you!
While this fun craft is fantastic, don’t forget to also pay attention to your real heart and how to keep it healthy. If you’d like to make sure you’re headed in the right direction, click the button below to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!
Dr. Julie Drolet
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