Hand Drawn Kitty Mug

January 9th, 2014

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As usual, Christmas has been done frugally around here.  I’m always trying to think of useful, thoughtful gifts to give to everyone.  Each year I say I’m only going to get for the kids, and each year I just can’t seem to do that.  I’m never sure exactly how I stretch our non-existent Christmas dollars, but I somehow always manage.  This year I loved the idea of using a Sharpie on plain white dishes to create unique pieces.  Unfortunately I didn’t get photos of everything I made (which is no different from every Christmas), but I did manage to snag this mug back from my mom for a few photos.  I got the idea for this kitty from this can of Belgian White Beer.  I added a tail and did some different fillings, but went with the same general idea for the face.  I followed the directions of many tutorials, and wrote on the mug with a Sharpie and then baked it in a 350 degree oven for 35 minutes.

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I added this little kitty head and whiskers on the top of the handle.  I figure this will show me how well the Sharpie will actually stay on since a thumb will frequently rest here and give it lots of wear.  I also made a little sauce dish (like this) into a jewelry holder for my sister-in-law.  I drew little diamond studs on one side and a diamond ring on the other.  They were just simple doodles, but it turned out so cute!  I also made my aunt a little dish for holding safety pins (she’s a quilter and quilts her own quilts on her domestic machine).  I drew safety pins both opened and closed as well as straight pins with ball heads on them in the bottom of a small, shallow dish.  I got all of the plain white dishes at Target for just a few dollars.  I even bought a small square plate and decorated it with a winter woodland scene for us.   I’m waiting to see how this mug washes up, but assuming it all turns out well, I will be making more items like this to gift in the future.

Update (4/14/2014): The marker washed off my mug and the cute little woodland plate I made.  Back to the drawing board.

15 Comments

  1. iHanna says:

    Oh I have bought a pen, and cups already, and need to get started. Yours is so lovely, love that kitten!

    1. Christina says:

      Just do it! I stared at the mugs for a few days before I finally tried it, and then I made everything at once and wished I had more dishes to decorate! :)

  2. katrina says:

    wow. upon first seeing your photo, i assumed that you purchased your kitty mug. it’s amazing that you drew that cat with a sharpie. amazing.

    1. Christina says:

      Thank you! I really had to take my time. It’s a lot harder to draw on a mug than I thought it would be! The lines kept getting wavy.

  3. Katie says:

    I think you do Christmas right. I see so many people loading up their children with plastic junk and feeding the whole moremoremore society. To me Christmas is about family time and giving. I don’t mean giving in the sense of buying as much junk as you can, I mean giving of your time and talents. What better gift can we give, or lesson can we teach our children?

    1. Christina says:

      Yes I agree. It’s always hard at Christmas, I think I need to have all these presents for my son to open, but I have to remind myself not to get trapped in that rut. I just love seeing him open all of his gifts, but I don’t want him to come to expect that. I know that family members will be gifting to me so I feel the need to reciprocate accordingly, which means money we don’t have, but I think this years handmade gifts were appreciated. I always put a lot of thought into what I give someone. I like it to be useful and not just another piece of junk to add to their house.

  4. Stine says:

    Seriously cute! You should add these to your etsy shop. I especially like the jewelry dish idea.

    1. Christina says:

      It would be so fun to share hand drawn items in my Etsy shop. I might have to think about that one. :)

  5. Petra says:

    I love the mug it’s so cute and I never would have guessed it was done with a Sharpie!! I am sure all of your handmade gifts were so appreciated.

    1. Christina says:

      Really?! It looked hand drawn to me, but I thought it added some charm to it. ;) It was really hard to keep the lines straight while drawing. I didn’t expect that all. I am thinking i’ll make myself a kitty mug and maybe another fox mug…

  6. Carla says:

    What a cute idea. Love the kitty

  7. Lisa E says:

    LOVE your Sharpie dishware! I might steal this idea from you. Please let us know how it wears in another blog post.

    1. Christina says:

      I will do that! I have to wait for my mom to wash it a few times first. :)

  8. Amy C says:

    A sharpie on a mug – briliiant idea!!!

  9. Holly says:

    I was told oil-based markers will work, I am trying it tonight.
    But I am looking for the heating degree for my oven.

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