DIY Monogrammed Coffee Cup

20170214_111559I needed a great gift for my  daughters’ teachers that wouldn’t break the bank but still packed a punch. I don’t shop at the Dollar Tree very often, but I couldn’t pass up the plain white coffee mugs they had during the holiday season. So I decided to personalize each one and stuff them with hot cocoa packets. This is a super easy and inexpensive project that only requires your imagination and an oil based Sharpie. Here’s the list of materials that I used.

  • Oil Based Sharpie in Gold
  • Ceramic coffee mug
  • Paper and Pencil
  • Cotton Balls and Q Tips
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Oven

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Step one: Use the cotton balls and alcohol to clean your mugs. The alcohol will remove any oils from your hands that my be on the surface. Plus it rids the surface of any dirt. Now you’re all set.

Step two: I chose a woodland themed font for my monograms. Each one was drawn by hand, but for accuracy I used a stencil for the circle. I also drew the circle on a piece of paper and cut it out with an X-Acto blade. This was extremely helpful when it came to layout placement on the mugs. I’m also a big fan of hand lettering and calligraphy. Search the internet or your local library for lettering that suits your style. Then practice, practice, practice! I drew mine freehand except for the circle, which was stenciled directly onto the cup. You can also transfer your drawing if you aren’t comfortable drawing freehand. Just flip the design over and shade over the area with your pencil. You’ll want to shade very heavy and dark. When you are finished you can then transfer the image onto your cup by tracing over your design.

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Step three: Break out the Sharpie. Be sure to shake the ink well and follow the instructions on the package. This was probably the most difficult part for me. You can’t rest your hand on a flat or stable surface so that’s where the Q tips come in handy. Dip them in the alcohol and simply erase away any mistakes. I found it best to start in the center and work your way towards the outside. You’ll have less chances of your hand resting on all your hard work and smudging your design.  Once you’re satisfied with your design it’s time to preheat your oven.

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Step four: Heat your oven to 250°. Place your mug on a baking sheet lined with either parchment or wax paper. I found that the best way to bake the mugs, is to bake longer at a lower temperature. They were baked for 2 hours and allowed to cool for 1 hour afterwords.

Step five: Stuff your mugs with anything you like! I was going to use coffee but opted for hot cocoa instead.

There you have it. I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial. If you should have any more questions please feel free to leave it in the comment section, I’m happy to help. I also look forward to any comments or suggestions that you may have.

Did you try it? Please share. I’d love to see what wonderful ideas that you came up with!

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A Fresh New Look for an Abandoned Dollhouse

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I rediscovered my love of dollhouses when my husband brought home a beautiful find off Craigslist. The furniture and house were in great shape, but I had visions of a more modern design. My daughter loved it and I was excited to make her a dollhouse of her dreams. (okay, my dreams). It began with a miniature of an IKEA couch and Billy Bookcase, because everything starts there, right?

We found the perfect little family to live in the house. She really loved to play with them and it was fun watching her little family come to life through her imagination. Then the dinosaur phase kicked in. The sweet little family was kicked out and forced to live in the toy box. Now the toy dinosaurs ruled the roost. Thus began the end of her love affair with her dollhouse as dinosaurs and Lego took over. I too put it aside but longed for her to play with it so I could as well. Eventually she outgrew the dollhouse all together and the decision came to sell it.

I came across the furniture that I had made while cleaning up the house. Something had been sparked. I had a dollhouse when I was a little girl given to me by my mother’s friend for my birthday. It was supposed to be a project that we did together. I was so excited that I couldn’t wait and it was fully assembled by the time he came by to visit. I had even made little curtains and bedding. I didn’t even have any dolls to live in the house, but it was the decorating and construction that I loved the most.

I’ve always been crafting of some sort. Either sewing, crochet, painting, sculpting, building or anything else that inspires me. So far this has been a great outlet for all my crafts and keeps me busy.  Here’s a look at the house before I dismantled it.

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Here’s the house before demo day. It’s very similar to the Plan Toys Terrace dollhouse. The window and door panels can be removed and rearranged for open play.

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Down to the bones.

Demo day was a bit of a challenge. The dowels were glued in place as well as screwed so I had to drill out some parts. The house had suffered some minor damage over the years so I was happy with my decision to completely remodel the house. After much searching on the internet I finally found the manufacturer of the dollhouse. It’s a Cheerwing Happy Family house. I thought for years that it was a version of the Plan Toys Terrace dollhouse. I found that the biggest problem with the house was that it was really deep. My daughter had to really stick her arm in to play. I took this into consideration when designing the new layout.

Starting from scratch posed many possibilities and challenges. The best way to tackle such a task was to use Sketch Up. It’s an awesome program and very easy to use.  I was able to draw a side by side, before and after illustration. I guess I’d describe myself as somewhat of an OCD (all of my friends know this part to be so true) creative type. I like to plan everything out and then let the more imaginative side take over from there. What I found was a happy medium between what I had envisioned and what was functional in reality.

After the house was completely taken apart, it was time for clean up. There was a lot of glue and a few scratchs and dents that needed to be sanded down.

 

Now onto the next step which is the flooring. It was a no-brainer  when it came to the flooring, all hard wood floors! The best way to make a hardwood floor was to use Popsicle sticks. I’ll be sharing with you how I was able to create beautiful flooring in my next post.  Thank you so much for visiting. I hope that you were able to find some inspiration of your own. Are you working on your own remodel? I’d love for you to share your work! I look forward to you comments and feedback. Cheers!

Welcome to Wolf Arrow and Fox

Hello! Thank you for visiting. If you like creative DIY projects for your home, children and even for yourself then you have come to the right place. I am so excited to share my ongoing projects with you all. With a little imagination and things you may already have around the house, you’ll be amazed at what you can create. Grab a coffee and get inspired!