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Saturday, January 11, 2014

West Elm Inspired Sharpie Mugs

Hi friends! I had the pleasure of guest posting at Polish & Pipsqueaks a couple weeks ago. I shared my West Elm Inspired Sharpie Mugs! Everyone has been so sweet with their responses. In case you missed my guest post, I'm sharing the tutorial here on my blog, so you can get in on the knock off action. I hope you find some DIY inspiration here!


Today, I am sharing with you my favorite project to date. West Elm Inspired Sharpie Mugs! I've been eyeing these West Elm polka dot mugs forever. I'm a sucker for anything with polka dots! But they are pricey -- especially if you want more than one. I have a super inexpensive and easy DIY project that gets you the polka dot mug of your dreams and lets you keep that cash in your piggy bank. Here at Put A Bird On It, I am all about using stuff you already have at home -- or can get on the cheap -- and turning into a Pinterest worthy item. And sharpie mugs are exactly that! 


 Here's what you'll need:

The Goods
Ceramic mug
Sharpie
Oven
yep - that's it!
The Fun Part
Clean your mug. I just wash it with soap and water, but I've heard rubbing alcohol works well, too. Time for the fun! Draw your design on your mug. Write a phrase, draw a picture, put your name, draw one of the Hemsworth brothers -- whatever you want! I sketched my words out on a piece of paper first, so I had a battle plan in place before drawing on my mug. The last step is baking your mug. You'll bake it at 350degrees for 30 minutes. Place the mug in the oven during preheat. After the 30 minutes, turn the oven off and let your mug cool completely in the oven. This will help prevent cracking. You're done!
{ Tips}
{The cheaper the mug -- the better! You don't want a thick, shiny glaze on your mug, so head to your local dollar store or Walmart.}
{If you are nervous about your design fading or chipping, use an oil based Sharpie. You can also get oil based paints from a craft store. I wanted cheap -- so I used a 3-pack of metallic Sharpies from Target. They worked just fine!}

This mug was so easy -- I made a second one with my "phrase" for 2014. CHOOSE HAPPY.


If you make your own Sharpie Mug, link it up here. I'd love to see what designs YOU come up with!

xo

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50 comments:

  1. Cute and personal, love it! Those would make a wonderful gift for any one. Thanks for sharing. I just stopped by from The Cottage Market.

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    1. Thanks for saying hi! So glad you like my mugs. :)

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  2. Bought the markers today, but am looking for the perfect mug(s) still. :)

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    1. You will find it -- I know it! Can't wait to see what you are planning to draw! xo

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  3. great idea!

    xo
    http://thewearwithal.typepad.com/

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  4. Daniela, this is so cool! I love finding ways to save on things but to get the same type of item doing it yourself. It's one of these shows on HGTV that does room makeovers that does just that and I love it! This is amazing! I pinned it. Thanks for sharing this one too with us at Countdown in Style!

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    1. Thanks, Brittnei! I'll have to check out that show sometime. I love me some HGTV! take care.

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  5. Cute - I can never find the oil based sharpies... but I'll try this with a cheap-o mug! Thank you for the tip! Julia

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    1. I've never use the oil based sharpies, but if I do and find some, I'll be sure to let you know! I'd love to see what you make! xo

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  6. Thats such a cute cup. Yeah 25 for a coffee mug...no matter how cute is just not happening. I would love if you would share this on our Wednesday link party.

    Jamie
    thekoenigscreate.blogspot.com

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    1. Ha ha I like that: "no matter how cute - no worth it!" So glad we can make our own, huh? I will definitely link up. Thanks! xo

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  7. These are great! And a perfect way to personalize my plain white mugs! Thanks for sharing and linking up with Countdown in Style! Don't forget to come back on Friday to see if you were featured!

    ~~April~~
    100lbCountdown.com

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  8. These are great! I've been wanting to do one of these...think I will go to Dollar Store this morning!

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  9. squeal.......I ♥ this. I invite you to share it at my blog hop xo

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    1. Thanks for the invite! Headed there now. xo

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  10. These are so adorable, and so much cheaper than buying store-bought, love it! Just stopping by to pin this, and let you know I featured it on my blog today; thanks for sharing at Creativity Unleashed!

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    1. Yay! Thanks, Jessi, for featuring my mugs! I'm so happy everyone loves them. Thanks again! xo

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  11. Love them! There is no school for my kiddos on Monday; I'm thinking we'll go pick out mugs & make these!

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    1. Your kids will have a blast creating their own mug! Enjoy the day with them! xo

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  12. This is so cute...and looks really easy. Thanks for sharing on Thursday Blog Hop!

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    1. You are so welcome! Have a great weekend. xo

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  14. Congrats! You are featured on this week's Do Tell Tuesday link party and have been pinned to our features board! Feel free to grab a button and link up this week too. :) http://www.vintagezest.com/2014/01/do-tell-tuesday-7-with-features-co-host.html

    Diane @ Vintage Zest

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    1. Thanks, Diane! That is so sweet! Muah! xo

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  15. This is another great DIY you have done, So excited, Im going to make this for my tennis friend who is having a party for our tennis team Im going to try to put the colors of our team on the mug as a gift! thanks for the share Maria your host

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    1. These mugs make great gifts, because they are cheap, but thoughtful! xo

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  16. I just did one for my sister for her birthday. I di d dots around her initial and when I removed the initial it was white with color all around it. . It turned out so cute! Love this idea thank you for sharing.

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    1. Ooooh that sounds seriously so adorable! If you post a pic on Instagram of it, tag @putabirdonitblog. I would love to see and share! xo

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  17. Is that 350 degrees in Celsius or Fahrenheit? Greetings from Namibia (where we do it in Celsius)

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    1. No question is dumb! Sorry, I should have specified Celsius or Fahrenheit. Thanks for visiting here! Welcome! :) xo

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    1. Thanks, Holly! So glad you like them. Would love to have you stay and follow. Hopefully I'll put forth more projects you love! xo

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  19. Such a great idea! I love this. Very creative. c:

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    Harlynn
    mindyourmadness.blogspot.com

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  20. Thanks, Harlynn! Checking out your blog now. :) xo

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  21. I like yours MUCH better! especially the price...

    :)

    hugs x,
    Crystelle

    Crystelle Boutique

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  22. LOL to "draw one of the Hemsworth brothers" :-D This is so super easy looking, and I a great gift idea!

    draw one of the Hemsworth brothers

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  23. Thanks, Crystelle! I love mine. Every time I see them, they make me happy! Thanks for the sweet compliment. :) xo

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  24. Hey - you know Chris would look hot with a sharpie mustache ;) You can make one as a gift and send it to me! Ha ha. Thanks for stopping by! xo

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  25. These are adorable! Can't wait to try my hand at this! Thanks for sharing! ~Kathy

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  26. How cute, I love this! I got some of the oil based to make a mug for my little man for his b-day!

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  27. Hi Kathy! So glad you like them. They are really easy - you should totally make one. :) xo

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  28. Let me know how the oil based marker works. I've only used regular sharpies, so I would love to know! Good luck and happy birthday to your little guy! xo

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  29. Great idea :) love your mug better...

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  30. I've seen these on Pinterest and I really want to make one. They would make great gifts!

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  31. I made Sharpie mugs for Valentine's Day for my kids who loved them!

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  32. Just wanted to let you know, I am totally using this as my craft for our monthly family craft day! Thanks so much for sharing this!

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  33. This is a great idea. I am always looking for things that I can make/create to give as gifts. I am pinning this one too.

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