I have come to the conclusion that I am the absolute worst when it comes to working on crafts. I have so many things going on with writing, working on my web business, the blogging and the freelancing that when I sit down to relax for a few hours, I don’t think about working on my crafts. I am hoping things will slow down a little bit and I can get back into the swing of things because kiddo is desperately waiting for me to finish the Ken’s bedroom I am working on in plastic canvas.
I forgot just how time consuming plastic canvas is. This set is a bed, dresser and chair. Then I have to make the rug, pillow and blanket. I had it all planned out. I purchased the materials ummmm…well not this last Christmas but the Christmas before that.
Like I said, I am the WORST when it comes to crafts. *sigh* I also received a sewing machine that same Christmas to replace my old, broken one. Well, it was broken, but the detachable arm was missing and a replacement wasn’t to be found. So, hubs bought me a new machine on a Black Friday deal. So, that machine sat in the box for months and months. Until he finally moved out of the office and into his own.
It was also that Christmas that we made some mugs for the grandparents. We had one mug left and I hung on to it knowing at some point I would make a Sharpie mug with it. This was my 59 cent Goodwill special.
It’s St. Patrick’s Day and it’s Irish American History Month. I celebrate all month long with fun Irish recipes and crafts. March 2 I decided to make this mug and on March 9 I posted some of my progress on Instagram.
Then I sat it down.
Over the weekend I realized I had not gotten far with it.
I wanted to create this great work of pointillism. The idea came from this post on Pinterest. I used to do a lot of that in art all through jr. high and high school. I had some really great pieces that went to contests and museums. So, I thought it would be a great idea.
Giving my time management issues and track record with crafts lately that was a bad idea.
Here is what I did and it was super easy.
1. First, make sure your mug is clean. Do not preheat your oven.
2. Then, start doodling. You can use regular permanent markers or paint pens. I don’t own any Sharpie oil paint pens so I used regular fine tip Sharpie markers.
——-> for the shamrock variety like this one, I found a template online (Google shamrock printable then find one you like.)
I cut it out. Tape it on to the mug and then made a dotted line around the shamrock. Once the outline was done I carefully pulled off the shamrock as to not smudge the marker. Once removed, I filled in a few open spots and then started dotting. The dotting of a piece of art is called pointillism.
Fun fact: The most famous pointillism artist is George Seurat and his painting “A Sunday Afternoon.”
3. When you are done with your design put your mug inside the oven and turn it on to 425. Set your timer for 35 minutes.
Things might smell weird. It’s ok. Just keep an eye on the mug to make sure it doesn’t start to crack. There are some thinner porcelain and ceramic mugs that don’t hold up to super high heat. I have never had a mug crack, but I know other muggers who have had cracking issues.
4. Once your timer goes off, turn off the oven but do not take the mug out.
5. Allow the mug to cool off with your oven to avoid cracking. I left mine in there overnight.
These are NOT dishwasher safe. Hand wash only. We have a lot of store bought ones with glitter and graphics on them that are not dishwasher safe so one more isn’t going to be a big deal.
As I sat here making my little dots hoping to get my creative juices flowing, I realized that what little I had done actually looked pretty good.
Maybe it wasn’t such a bad idea after all.
Do you have a craft you started recently and its just hanging out waiting to be completed?
Looking for more crafts? Check out these 10+ St. Patrick’s Day craft ideas.
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
That is so cute! This is a great project to do with the little ones, too. They can make any sort of St. Patrick’s Day picture they want. I love it.
Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says
That is really cute and who knew it was so easy to make! I love it.
I think we can have a contest of who is the worst at crafts! I will say I would win because this looks really good!
Catherine S says
This is so creative and cute. I am going to make some and fill them candy for my son and husband.
I had no idea that you can use sharpies like that? Incredibly creative and a great gift for a teacher!
I love those mugs! I never thought to make my own mugs like that. My girls would love to make these.
Terri Ramsey Beavers says
What a cute and creative project. I’ll let the grand kids try making some this weekend.
Debbie Denny says
This is a spectacular idea. I would like to do this for other holidays and birthdays!
This is so cute, and man it looks like it would be relaxing to sit and do. I love sharpies so much.
Jesica H says
This is a really simple and cute idea! I could see my kids doing this on paper, t-shirts, ect. Could also do this for other holidays!
I love love love Sharpies. Cute mug. I might have to give this a try.
Tammilee Tips says
What a cute project to make at home. I didn’t realize how easy these mugs are to make at home.
Fort Worth Fitness blog says
This is a cute idea. I have a few projects that I haven’t finished. I have a cross stitch piece that I started when I was pregnant with my oldest son. Yikes, he is 15 now.
Bonnie @wemake7 says
That mug looks great! You did a great job on it. I hear ya about wanting to work on crafts but busy with everything else too.
Tatanisha Pitts-Worthey says
How creative! This looks like a very nice project my 3 boys would enjoy doing. We’re going to give this a try!
Kelli @ 3 Boys and a Dog says
What a fun craft to do! A great project for the kiddos to do when you need a bit of quiet time. And its really awesome that it was Goodwill find! Thank you for sharing your project with us!
Maggie Branch says
I love sharpie mugs. They are such a great way to get creative and create seasonally appropriate mugs. Super cute!
Nicole Escat says
Wow that would be perfect for St. Patrick Day! I totally love it, you’re so creative.
Shaney Vijendranath (youbabyandi) says
This is such a cool activity. Would love to try it. I think its perfect as a gift idea.
This came out so pretty and it’s something anyone can do! I’ll have to make one when I’m watching TV some night
This is adorable! I need to do this with the boychild. He loves a good project, this seems like tons of fun!
Shannon Gurnee says
This is such a cute idea for St. Patrick’s Day! Our kids would love to make one of these.