I am always looking for a fun and inexpensive gift idea for a teacher or friends. Now, there is nothing new and exciting about a mug with candy in it…unless that mug has a fun chalkboard label on it. I saw something similar while perusing the aisles of Target one day. It had been three weeks since I had been there…THREE WEEKS! So I was getting my Target fix and saw a Chalk Board Mug. So what is a crafty girl to do? Yep! I made my own.
Pin ItTarget was even kind enough to have some different colored mugs on sale for $1.99. So I snagged a couple. Here is how I made mine. I cut out a heart shape from my vinyl collection. Contact paper will work well too. Make a stencil in the shape or design of your choice. Then I used some Folk Art Bake-On Enamel Paint in Engine Red. I mixed it with some Non-Sanded Grout to Make Chalk Board Paint. You can find the recipe for that here: Make Your Own Chalk Board Paint Then I simply painted a couple coats of it onto the mug and baked in on low heat in my oven for an hour to set the paint. So easy. Prime the chalk board paint by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk onto it first and then wipe off the chalk. This should prime your chalkboard label so that you can write new messages to your hearts content. (pun totally intended) I also put the word “love” on the other side of the mug using the same process as above. A super easy and inexpensive gift idea. Spruce it up by adding a gift card to Starbucks or attach a package of your favorite hot cocoa mix…or…my personal favorite…fill it with CHOCOLATE! Oh…and where did I get that adorable framed picture? That would be from the talented and lovely Lara from Less Cake, More Frosting! You can purchase your own copy of it in her shop Announced Design. There are a lot more where this came from. If you are interested in more Ways to Decorate Mugs, check it out here: http://diycandy.com/2013/09/10-ways-to-decorate-mugs/ This post is dedicated to a week-long series with some other bloggers and shop owners: Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage, Kellie at Nest of Posies, Liz from Hoosier Homemade, and Charlotte from The Paper Cupcake! On Monday, Liz her adorable Pink Lemonade Pies and a giveaway for The Paper Cupcake. On Tuesday, Gina shared her fun Valentine Mantel and a giveaway for Baybee-Dahl Boutique. Wednesday, Kellie from Nest Of Posies made some darling Valentine Envelopes. We have also set up a Pinterest Board for Valentine’s Week if you are as addicted as I am. And…if that is not enough…come back tomorrow when we share an amazing Valentine Printable from The Paper Cupcake! Just wait till you see it! Love it! Need some more Valentine’s Day Ideas? Check out these past Idea Room Valentine’s Ideas. Pin It Here is another fantastic idea: DIY Confetti Painted Heart Mugs