I want to make some decorated mugs and as you are probably aware there are a lot of blogs that talk about decorating mugs with Sharpie markers. Well here is my test and I hope it saves you from the heartache of having your art work wash right off the mug. I would not use a regular Sharpie marker for this project no matter how many you have seen on the web, the artwork will not last. Black will hold up for a time with hand washing, but in time and use it will fade away. The Sharpie paint markers will work, I think it best if the mug was hand washed, but it does stay on for a time in the dishwasher. Again in time it will fade or come off if washed in the dishwasher. These markers cost about $13 for 5 markers. Dark colors work better than light colors. The best and longest lasting is Pebeo Vitrea 160 glass paint or marker. Markers cost about $5 each and the paint is about $7. Not cheap, but long-lasting.
I pulled out a small pitcher I had in the cupboard. Test 1 is the regular permanent Sharpie marker. Test 2 is the Sharpie paint markers and test 5 is the Pebeo paint. I let the cup rest for 24 hours after painting then fired in the oven at 325 degrees for 40 minutes. Setting in the oven as it comes to temperature, cooking at 325 degrees for 40 minutes and leaving in oven until it is back to room temperature. First washing was by hand. The blue, gold washed right off, the red faded a lot and the black did pretty well. Then I sent it through the dishwasher twice. Sharpie paint markers still did pretty well, there was some fading. The metallic gold is starting to come off. The Pebeo paint show no difference.
I hope this helps for those of you who want to do a mug.
Before going in the oven.
Permanent Sharpie marker after oven and one hand washing.
Sharpie paint marker after oven and one hand washing.
Permanent Sharpie marker after being washed in the dishwasher twice.
Sharpie paint markers after being washed in the dishwasher twice. (gold at the bottom is fading)
Peobeo Vitrea 160 paint after oven, hand washing and twice through the dishwasher. Holds up well.
Have you ever made a candy gram for a love one or friend? They are a lot of fun to do and when I gave one to my husband he took a picture of it and showed it to his friends. Not a normal reaction from my husband. Here is a site that gives you a list of ideas using different candies, Crafts by Friends. When I made mine I wrote down sentences using the candy then took it to the store to see if I could find the different kinds of candy. That is the hard part because you might have the perfect sentence, but can’t find the candy to make it work. Sometimes you have to improvise. Here is an example from Coffee Cups and Crayons. Maybe you can use some of that Halloween candy if you have any left.
Sometimes with little ones you need some boredom busters. Here are a few ideas, not much money. Maybe a little messy, but that is part of the fun.
Ghost zip line from My Nearest and Dearest. I could see this becoming a fun experiment to see just what will go the fastest down the zip line.
Kids Activities Blog has a cute art project using toilet paper rolls.
Oh boy learning and fun! B-Inspired Mama has a fun why to learn numbers with toy cars.
Babble has 25 rainy day activities for kids. I like the this tic tac toe game as it involves movement.
Here is one for older kids. Make your own chess set from nuts and bolts. The one is from Cub Scouts Ideas.
Frugal Fun for Boys has a fun design for Legos.
Here are a couple of bracelet designs for you to give a try. Both are quiet lovely.
This pretty leather bracelet is from Crafts Unleashed.
Paper Scissors and Superheros has a bracelet made from pretty bits of fabric.
I like these concrete geometric bookends from e-How. It is a well written tutorial with pictures. Would make a unique gift.
Have you ever played around with paper mache? My mom would let us do this fun art project at home, it is easy to do and though a little on the messy side very cheap to produce. We would use the flour, water and newspaper method, usually using a balloon for shape. My technique has changed a little bit, and I still think it is a lot of fun.
For recipes check out The Ultimate Paper Mache. I like the one that uses glue. A lot of good information on this blog.
Brisbane Kids show how to make a piggy bank.
Bowls by The Long Thread.
Mamie Janes has some nice Christmas decorating ideas.
These colorful chickens by Krokotat use cereal boxes as a base.
A wonderful deer head from Imperfectly Imaginable.
Hopefully I has stirred a few creative juices today.