Gift idea: Hand stencilled mug
If you find yourself scrambling for last-minute Christmas gift ideas, we have the solution. Great for teachers, ideal for family and perfect for a Kris Kringle, this hand stencilled mug is simple yet effective.
- a plain white mug
- contact paper
- a printed shape; simple shapes are best, but you could always try personalising with the recipient's initials
- ceramic paint or permanent marker
How to make your own
Step 1. Gather your supplies.
Step 2. Print out a shape and cut it out. If it’s a symmetrical shape, fold it in half.
Step 3. Fold a piece of contact paper in half and line the fold of the contact up with the fold of the shape. Cut around it and discard the star. You’ve just created your stencil!
Step 4. Carefully peel back the backing tape on the contact paper and stick onto the mug. It can easily warp so do it slowly, a bit at a time. Press in place and smooth it over.
Step 5. Apply your paint or colour in with your marker. Remove the stencil and leave to dry. Follow instructions on the paint packaging. If you’ve used the pen, once it's dry, place it in an oven, turn it on and leave it for around 40 mins. Then turn the oven off and let the mug cool in the oven. This way the paint won’t peel off.
Step 6. You're done! You can either fill it up with homemade biscuits or lollies or you could just wrap and gift!
- If your initial shape was smudged at all, use a baby wipe to fix or remove smudges.
Crafted by the The Happy Home Blog.
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