DIY Sharpie Mug: Frugal Gift for Teachers!
I’ve been batting around the idea of making a DIY Sharpie Mug for awhile, and with Teacher Appreciation week upon us – it seemed like the perfect time to make this project!
With four kids in school, I’m always looking for frugal gift ideas for teachers who work so hard to teach (and love on) my babies, day in and day out. I wanted to make something special for them from the whole class – like a mug with all the kids names on it.
I found these great matte-finish black mugs at Rite-Aid for $1 this week, and I just knew these would be the PERFECT start for these teacher mugs! Doesn’t it remind you of a chalkboard??
First of all – if you’ve read the comments on other DIY Sharpie Mug posts floating around the web – you’ll know that regular old Sharpies don’t stay put once the mug is washed. Believe me – I found this out the hard way after stenciling in a beautiful design on my mug, baking it for 30 minutes and then scrubbing the design off immediately afterwards. Live and learn! The special paint sharpies I used haven’t budged, even when I attacked them with my pot scrubber!
For this project you’ll need:
- Oil Based Paint Sharpies (I only needed the white for this project, but I went ahead and bought this whole 5-Pack for just $13. I’m sure I’ll be making enough gifts to make it totally worth it)
- Coffee Mug (Check the Dollar Tree or the Dollar Aisle of most stores to find cheap ones!)
DIY Sharpie Mug Directions:
- Wash the mug thoroughly and let dry
- Have each child sign the mug with the paint sharpie and date it on the bottom
- Gift it along with a Starbucks giftcard or some yummy chocolate inside
A DIY Sharpie Mug is also a great place to show off your child’s artwork. Commission your own set of “hand-painted” artisan mugs from your favorite little artists! I bought an extra mug for myself and asked my James to draw me a picture. He knows I love flowers – so he drew a picture of one for me
This would also be great for Grandparent’s Day!
And if you have a steady hand – or some stencils lying around – you can make a fun graphic design on your mug – like this feather I stenciled. Other ideas for designs:
- His & Hers Mugs that read “Mr.” and “Mrs.” for a wedding gift
- Dad mug for Father’s day
- A Santa Cookie Plate
- Family Name on a Serving Platter (The kind you’ll be bringing to lots of bake sales, potlucks, etc…)
Let us know if you try it and what you put on yours! Also – let us know what kinds of Frugal Teacher Gift Ideas you’ve given/received in the past.