I have a perfect last minute project and gift idea for you. Sharpie decorated mugs and plates are easy to personalize for anyone, or any occasion. Best of all, anyone can do it.
Basically, you start with a blank white plate, mug, or bowl; and decorate away. Regular colored sharpies are used to add the details, and then heat set in the oven.
Clean and dry your plate. Remove all paper labels from the back of the plate. You can then free hand your favorite image, or use some stickers and a stippling (dotting) technique to create a fun look.
If you mess up, no big deal. Perfection is overrated, and a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol will remove the sharpie before it is heat set.
I picked up some alphabet stickers at the dollar store, and they were really fun to use. Place the stickers where you want the, start adding dots close together, and then space them further apart as you work you way out. When your done stippling, carefully peel away the stickers. If there is any residue left behind from the stickers, bust out the rubbing alcohol.
Once everything is all decorated, pop them in a 300 degree oven for 30 minutes, and allow them to cool in the oven. If you remove them prior to cooling the ink will smudge.
Fill your mug with some hot chocolate, top your plate with cookies for Santa, and call it a gift. Super easy!
All of our mugs/plates were picked up at the dollar store.
We've washed our mugs in the dishwasher without any problems.