Mother’s Day can be stressful, especially when you’re on a budget. You just want to get your Mum something she’s going to love, but you can’t afford to spend loads…
We’ve got the perfect gift idea – A hand made personalised Mother’s Day mug! That’s almost as good as a discount code for the best ELO boosting services.
What You Will Need For Your Personalised Mother’s Day Mug
- Porcelain pens
- 1 ovenproof mug
- A tea towel to catch spills
- A bowl of warm water
- Kitchen roll to wipe away mistakes
- An oven – to bake the mug and set the ink at the end
How To Make It
The Rainbow Chalk porcelain pens used in this tutorial are non-toxic, which means they’re safe for children to use.
It’s worth noting that, although the markers are called “porcelain painters”, the mug you choose doesn’t have to be made from porcelain but it does have to be oven-proof.
Step 1 – prepare your work space
Lay out the tea towel on your work space to avoid spilling the ink. It does come off with a damp cloth, but it’s better to avoid mess altogether!
Step 2 – supplies at the ready
Put the warm water and kitchen roll next to you. This will come in handy if you make a mistake and want to correct your design. Then you’ll want to get your porcelain pens and mug ready.
We suggest washing and drying the mug before using the porcelain pens to get rid of dust or dirt.
Step 3 – plan your design
Pinterest is the place to look for personalised Mother’s Day mug design inspiration. A few ideas could be:
- “World’s best Mum!”
- A short poem
- Her favourite quote
- Her nickname
Drawing on mugs doesn’t come naturally for everyone! You can always lightly pencil on the design before committing to it with the porcelain pens. Having said that, the pens can easily be wiped away if you do make a mistake.
Step 4 – prime the porcelain pens
To activate the pen, first shake it a few times to loosen up the ink. Then take the lid off and gently pump the nib on a flat surface a few times. Don’t push down too hard or you could damage the nib!
Once you see the ink starting to flow through the nib, your pen is ready to use.
Step 5 – draw your design
The Rainbow Chalk porcelain pens are so easy to use. The ink is nicely pigmented which means you don’t have to keep going over your design to get it bold and bright.
We suggest holding the cup so you can change the angle as you draw. Take your time here and remember, if you mess up, it can easily be corrected.
Our assorted packs of porcelain pens include 5 colours, or you can choose from more colours if you buy individual pens.
The colours available are: Black, Blue, Red, Green, White, Pink, Violet, Yellow, Orange, Gold and Silver.
To spice up the design, we added a small floral detail to each side of the “MUM” text.
Step 6 – preheat the oven and let it dry
When you are happy with your design, place the cup back down on the tea towel and let the ink dry for around 15 minutes. The next step involves using the oven, so take this time to preheat it to 150 degrees Celsius.
Step 7 – bake your design for longevity
Once your oven has reached 150 degrees Celsius, put the mug on a baking tray on the middle shelf for 30 minutes. Baking the ink sets it and ensures that the design doesn’t rub off when it’s washed. Once cooked, remove the mug from the oven with an oven glove and leave to cool for 10 minutes.
Step 8 – optional sealant
You can leave your mug as it is but, to be on the safe side, you might want to use a non-toxic sealant. Without a sealant, the design might start to crack and chip away if it is regularly put through the dishwasher.
It will keep your design fresher for longer.
Step 9 – ready for Mum!
Your personalised Christmas gift for Mum is ready. Make sure to also check out our previous blog post with another great Mother’s Day gift idea – Hand painted shabby chic flower pots!
Make Your Own Personalised Mother’s Day Mug With Rainbow Chalk Porcelain Pens
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