Painted Initial Mug

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This Painted Initial Mug is a fun and easy gift idea!

Painted Initial Mug - Do you love handmade gifts ideas? Then you'll love this easy and fun personalized! | The Love Nerds

Tis the season for gift giving, but the cost can easily add up and become overwhelming! Overwhelming is definitely the theme for this week, so I don’t have a ton of time to stop in to chat with all of you but I did one to share this fun entry level craft idea with you all. As a big fan of personalized touches, I love making handmade gifts for friends and family. This Painted Initial Mug is one of my favorites, especially because it’s super easy to customize for anyone’s personal preferences or style.

For this mug, I took 5 different color Paint Markers and a white mug. I like to use my Silhouette Cameo to cut out stencils on vinyl for such projects, but you could use store bought stickers as a reference OR just free style. I’m a horrible freestyler. For this particular mug, I used a round stencil with the letter missing from the middle, that creates the empty space between the letter and the start of the circle.

Painted Initial Mug - Do you love handmade gifts ideas? Then you'll love this easy and fun personalized! | The Love Nerds

You could also put the letter sticker down and have work your way out from there, which would make the letter the solid mug color and outlined by the dots. I did that when I made a mug for my friend Travis, using metallic paint markers on a black mug.

Painted Initial Mug - Do you love handmade gifts ideas? Then you'll love this easy and fun personalized! | The Love Nerds

MATERIALS

Painted Initial Mug - Do you love handmade gifts ideas? Then you'll love this easy and fun personalized! | The Love Nerds

TUTORIAL

Prep the mug by wiping it with rubbing alcohol and allowing it to dry.

Put the sticker in place for your desired design. You want a good seal on the edges of the sticker, so you might need to stretch the sticker a little to have it lay flat.

Choose one of your paint markers and start adding dots. I like to use different firmness when making the dots to have some be a little bigger and some be a little smaller. Don’t press too hard or it will puddle. I let the paint dry a little between colors so there is no bleeding and try to avoid putting a dot right on the sticker seem or it will bleed along the sticker edge. Keep going until you like the look.

Once you are happy with it, cover a baking/cookie sheet with parchment paper and place the mug on there. Put in a cold oven and set it to 350 F. Set a timer for 30 minutes. Once the 30 minutes is up, turn the oven off and let it sit until it and the oven have cooled. The subtle rising and lowering of the temperature is important to avoid glass or porcelain from shattering.

Painted Initial Mug - Do you love handmade gifts ideas? Then you'll love this easy and fun personalized! | The Love Nerds

If you like this, you might like my other handmade gift ideas!

Personalized Birds Nest Necklaces - A simple and budget friendly gift idea that is perfect for Mother's Day, birthdays, or even shower favors! {The Love Nerds}  Celebrate the Big Day with this Wedding Invitation Christmas Ornament! It's perfect for a First Christmas Together gift to a friend or to yourself! | The Love Nerds  Why pay lots of money when you can make your own DIY Avengers Shirt? Get creative with the shirt design or use the FREE Avengers Silhouettes I'm sharing! {The Love Nerds}

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