His And Hers Mugs

5 Aug

This is a fun and trendy gift idea for under $5! Mugs with a mustache for him, the Mr., and a kiss for her, the Mrs. Darling, right? These His & Hers mugs require only 3 supplies; 2 mugs (dollar store), Oil-based Sharpie pen (about $2 at most arts & crafts stores, try to use a coupon too), and vinyl for stencil (save money by using your scraps!).
only 3 supplies for diy mugs

How-to use a vinyl stencil:

Using my Silhouette software, I created a mustache and a lips or “kiss” from clip art to cut. Using the font Lavanderia, I wrote “Mr.” and “Mrs.” under the each image (mustache for him, kiss for her- obviously). I cut it out in vinyl and weeded the negative- creating the stencil. Apply it to the mug with transfer tape, just as you would any other vinyl project. Press firmly, you really don’t want any bleeding when you are using vinyl as a stencil.

Using An Oil-based Sharpie:

Get the Sharpie pen started as the directions read. Once the ink is flowing, trace the mug with the stencil. The ink of the pen flows very quickly, be prepared for it to be a bit drippy. It also starts to dry quickly, so if you make any mistakes, be quick to wipe it up with a q-tip.
You will want to remove the vinyl stencil before the ink sets too long, or else the stencil night peel some of the ink off with it. Better safe than sorry, go ahead and peel the vinyl off as soon as you’re finished.

Setting the ink on the mug:

Place your mug in a cooled oven. The mug needs to heat up with the oven. Set your oven at 350°, and then set a timer for 30 minutes. When the time is up, turn off your oven but leave your mug in the oven to cool. Do not remove the mug until the oven is completely cooled down. Before removing it, be sure to carefully check if it is cooled. Please don’t burn yourself.

Let it sit for 24 hours before you expose it to moisture, especially a dishwasher.
His And Hers Mugs

33 Responses to “His And Hers Mugs”

  1. Sue August 7, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

    These are super cute! Thanks for posting. Visiting from Handy Man, Crafty Woman

    Pinning!

    Sue
    bebeandj.com

  2. Elizabeth August 7, 2013 at 9:19 pm #

    adorable! these are a super cute gift idea. you could probably sell those stencils? and maybe even offer to customize them for people. just a thought, it’s a great project!

    • Mandy August 8, 2013 at 8:12 am #

      Absolutely! Our small community actually has a facebook page similar to craigslist that I sell a lot of the things I make and post about. Thanks for stopping by and especially for leaving a comment! I love to read what people think of what I’ve done, I’m glad you like it 🙂

  3. Jules@Happy House and Home August 10, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    Adorable! I’ve never heard of oil based sharpies – if a regular sharpie is used will it still work I wonder? Either way, cute – I’m pinning for a rainy day.

    • Mandy August 11, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

      According to the research I’ve done on this concept, a regular sharpie will work but following letting it cool/set for 24 hours you have to seal it with a waterproof spray like the kind I used on my DIY Coasters: http://smallfineprint.com/stamped-coasters/
      The oil-based Sharpies haven’t been available at Wal-Mart or Target as far as I’ve seen, only the paint section of Hobby Lobby or Michaels.

      Hope this helps! Let me know if you attempt it!

  4. lisa@ the thrifty challenge August 11, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

    These are so cute. Thanks for your detailed instructions- lol, now all I need to do is get a silhouette 🙂

    • Mandy August 12, 2013 at 8:56 am #

      Thanks, Lisa! Actually, I’ve seen many projects that were “silhouette” originals be done with Freezer Paper instead! Maybe you could try it that way until you get a Silhouette? I am a contributor writer for SomewhatSimple and sometimes we have Silhouette giveaways- you’ll have to swing in over there next time and enter! They are SO fun to own!

  5. Carrie This Home August 12, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

    I love this–what a cute gift idea! I’ve tried a similar project before but the letters eventually faded off. I bet using the oil-based sharpie would make the difference!
    Would you mind to link this up to my blog hop? Our readers love to see easy, frugal, and cute projects like this! Just click on the “Carrie This Home” next to my picture and it will take you right to the hop. Thanks so much!!!

    • Mandy August 16, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

      I was reading around a few blogs and the ones who have said the ink faded off were only the ones who used regular sharpies. HOWEVER! They did say that the fix it to that was to spray it with a waterproof sealer after they baked it and it cooled over night. Hope this helps!

  6. Carrie This Home August 12, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

    I love this–what a cute gift idea! I’ve tried a similar project before but the letters eventually faded off. I bet using the oil-based sharpie would make the difference!
    Would you mind to link this up to my blog hop? Our readers love to see easy, frugal, and cute projects like this! Just click on the “Carrie This Home” next to my picture and it will take you right to the hop. Thanks so much!!!

  7. Jill August 14, 2013 at 6:47 am #

    Those mugs are Adorable!! I love them. Thanks so much for sharing at Thursday’s Temptation. I am going to be featuring these at tonights link party!
    Jill

  8. Corinna Ashley August 15, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    One more reason to invest in a Silhouette…

    They’re adorable!

    XO

    • Mandy August 16, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

      I don’t get paid to promote Silhouette machines, but i do LOVE mine! Love love love. I am probably their biggest fan. A groupie even. Lol. BUT! To help you out, I can tell you I’ve seen an alternative way to doing stencil projects like this without a Silhouette. Using Freezer Paper and an X-Acto Knife. I’ve never attempted it myself, though I kind of always wanted to just for my readers’ sake. Maybe I will now that I’ve gotten a couple comments on this particular project too.
      If you do ever give in to temptation and buy a Silhouette- for SURE go through SomewhatSimple.com – Stephanie offers great bundle deals on them where you get vinyl or sketch pens, etc for free when you buy a machine at a discounted price.

  9. Aimee Schmitt August 16, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    ugh…I want a Silhouette! So cute!

    • Mandy August 16, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

      Thanks!!! I was just telling some ladies up above who commented that I’ve heard of this technique being done with Freezer Paper, if you wanted to try that without a Silhouette. I’m super curious if it works so I might do it even though I have a Silhouette, just to try it. I don’t get paid to promote Silhouette’s but I LOVE LOVE LOVE mine. If you do decide to get one, may I suggest going through a blogger’s link like SomewhatSimple.com ? They get a small percentage which is great to support fellow bloggers PLUS you get a bundle deal with a discounted machine and vinyl or sketch pen freebies. Just throwing that out there 🙂

  10. Sandy August 21, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    Thanks so much, I am going to try this today. I too am absolutely IN LOVE with my Silhouette Cameo, don’t know how I ever lived without it.

    BTW, I found the oil-based Sharpie Markers at Home Depot of all places – they have the 5 packs for less than $13 🙂

  11. Parrish (Life With The Crust Cut Off) August 21, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party
    Live every Wednesday to Sunday.
    Hosted by:
    Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off
    Dana @ This Silly Girl’s Life
    We hope to see you there!

  12. Theresa @DearCreatives August 24, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    Super cute! Drop by sometime I’d love to have you share at my party.

    • Mandy August 24, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

      Thank you! I will swing on by the party 🙂 When is it?

      • Theresa @DearCreatives August 29, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

        Glad you found the party! I am giving your tutorial a shout out tomorrow! Grab a featured button if you like & be sure to link up again! All my best,Theresa

  13. Kylie Helm August 26, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

    I love these!! Absolutely adorable. I need to make these asap.

    Thanks for sharing.

  14. Chelsea September 1, 2013 at 7:07 am #

    What a fun idea! Very clever and a great gift! Thank you for sharing. I’d love for you to check out our Pattern Party! Those with free patterns and templates to share are invited to link up! Starts on the 1st of each month.

  15. Megan @ Our Pinteresting Family September 27, 2013 at 4:49 am #

    What a cute idea! They turned out just perfect.

  16. Patricia Krank September 27, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

    Super cute idea! Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings,
    Patti

  17. Holly Lefevre October 2, 2013 at 12:21 am #

    I Love these. Adorable! What a fun gift they would be too!

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