Hey Gals! By now, I'm sure most of you are pretty familiar with the super popular DIY Sharpie Mug that's been alll over the blogosphere and Pinterest.
|So many pins, so little time!|
In fact, we even did our own version of it last year, with B's super cute Christmas mugs! I tried my hand at it this Christmas, using this tutorial by Designer Trapped, and was instantly hooked!
I ended up making 30 mugs (no joke!) for all of my husband's office staff, along with a couple for Little M's daycare teachers, and even though my hand was ready to fall off by the end, I couldn't be more happy with this awesome DIY, especially given I was able to find the mugs at The Dollar Tree!
It was a super cheap way to make something very cute and personal, and soon I was on the hunt for other types of glassware I could sharpie-up! Luckily, The Dollar Tree once again did not disappoint and I found these blue martini glasses for a dollar each (duh!). I picked up a couple and decided to stick with my dotty pattern, but instead of doing initials, I did a gradient pattern which ended up being even easier!
One thing to be aware of before you get started! As noted in the tutorial I reference above, make sure to get the oil based Sharpie paint pens. They are a little more expensive, but they ensure your beautiful designs won't wash away once you clean them. And given just how many mugs I've been able to make with mine, it was well worth the initial investment!
I decided to do two different color combinations since I couldn't narrow down my choices, so I went with a purple/blue/silver combo and a black/white/gold combo.
First, I turned the glass upside down to make it easier to apply the dots, and then I did one color at a time, allowing time to dry in between colors (about 5 minutes - it dries quick!).
If you want to do a gradient pattern like how I've done, just keep the dots very close together and plentiful on the bottom, and then taper them off as you dot up to the top.
I found it easiest to cover a third of the glass, all the way around, before moving up.
After the first color, I next applied the gold layer using the same technique as above.
And lastly, the black!
Then, you just pop them in the oven, heated at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Just be careful when you remove them, since they are pretty hot!
The best part is that precision is really not necessary since the finished product is just dots on top of dots!
I'm loving how these glasses turned out, and I'll be headed back to The Dollar Tree asap to find some more glassware to fancy up! Have you tried out the ever popular sharpie mug/glass?! What is your favorite design?
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