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Decorating a Mug

I’m back with another YouTube video today! Follow along as I decorate a mug for a little easy arts & crafts project. I saw this idea on Pinterest a few years ago and pinned it as something to eventually do, but of course never did it. Until now that is. I followed the directions found here, but I couldn’t call this a Sharpie Mug because when I was at Michael’s I couldn’t find oil-based Sharpies! So I bought other markers that were oil-based.

Click on the video below and keep reading for pictures and details!

First, I bought a plain white mug from Michael’s. Washed and dried it.

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Then, I used the oil-based markers I bought to make my design. I bought blue, green, and gold markers. I decided to make a J for my name and decorate the rest of the mug with polka dots.

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I am really happy with how the J turned out because I completely free-handed it and I will be the first person to tell you that I am not particularly artsy or good at drawing whatsoever. I have a tendency to be impatient, which means I didn’t trace out a J or anything for my mug. Usually, I mess up and whatever project I’m working on doesn’t turn out exactly the way I had hoped and I immediately regret it. But, luckily the J turned out pretty good!

Next I had to wait 72 hours before putting the mug in the oven. I believe the directions from Something Turquoise said you need to wait this long to make sure the paint dries. Then, you need to put the mug into a cold oven and set the oven to 425 and bake for an hour. Then, leave the mug in the oven to cool down completely before taking it out. So the mug needs to slowly heat up in the oven and slowly cool down in the oven. I put it into the oven at night, turned the oven off after an hour, and then took it out of the oven the next morning.

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I’m really pleased with how this project turned out! I love the colors I chose and the simple design.

I hope your week is going well so far and that you enjoyed the video!

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