Sunday, 30 June 2013

Don't be a MUG!

Wow, wow, wow! OK so yet again I found myself aimlessly sat on Youtube trawling through hundreds of videos, from makeup tutorials to shopping hauls. Despite being sat for at least an hour, I couldn’t resist clicking on yet another suggestion of what Youtube thinks I might like, which ironically I usually do and the process starts again. On this occasion it offered a range of creative ideas to make your own household items on a budget. Although I love watching creative videos and find them particularly interesting, I rarely bat an eyelid especially when I’m greeted with a three page ‘what you’ll need list’. Anyway, despite many of the ideas requiring the assistance of a glue gun I finally stumbled across one idea which required only a mug and a sharpie pen. I clicked on the link convinced that at some point down the line I would need a chainsaw or some other tool I surprisingly don’t have lying around my house, but thankfully nope, just a mug and pen. I was then blown away by the video which continued to show a woman draw her own design onto a mug with a sharpie pen and secure the design in place by cooking the mug in an oven for 20 minutes. This idea was so cheap and easy I needed to have a go myself! 

Having already got a sharpie pen lying around the house I decided to visit my local pound land in the search for a mug. Naturally these were easily sourced in pound land at 50p so I splashed out on six in the knowledge that it wasn’t the end of the world if a mistake was made. I began by sketching a few designs onto each mug which made it really easy as I could easily rub out any errors I made. Having drawn on my designs, I finally plucked up the courage to start with the sharpie pen which again was actually very simple as you can also remove any mistakes you make with a baby wipe or nail varnish remover. Once finishing the mugs I put these in the oven at 200°c for 20 minutes which secures the design. Having said this I still would not recommend putting them in the dishwasher. 

Having finished my designs I absolutely love the end result. They are so simple and really effective as well as being completely unique. This is a great idea for gifts if your on a tight budget as you can design the mug for the individual depending on the occasion. As well as that, you can also use the same technique on plates, bowls and other china household goods. I would recommend this to anyone who fancies getting creative for a day as it’s really cheap and anyone can do it!

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