Thursday, May 23, 2013

Kid Painted Scribble Mug

I'm sure you have a little something on your list that you'd like to get on your special day, but what could be better to receive than a little handmade something from one of the most special little people in your life?  I love handmade cards and pictures, but it is even more fun to receive artwork that you can actually use every day.  That's what makes this Scribble Mug a perfect gift for any Mom, Dad, or Grandparent.  You don't have to be a trained artist to create one either.  This special mug was made by my 2 year old for her Mimi on Mother's Day. 

To create your own Painted Scribble Mug, you will need an oven safe mug and a Pebeo Vitrea 160 paint pen in your favorite color. 

My little artist doesn't always have the best aim with her art supplies, so I laid out a newspaper for her to work on and made sure she was wearing her smock.  All ready to paint!

Look at her go!  I'm not sure they teach you to grip your pen that way in art school, but whatever works!  I kept turning the mug so she would be sure to cover all sides.  She loved the fact that she got to paint her own project. 

Do not paint any areas that might come in contact with food.  Also try to leave a space at the top of the mug where you would drink.  After the mug is painted, allow it to dry for at least 24 hours.  Place your mug in a cold oven.  Heat it to 300 F and bake for 35 minutes.  Allow to cool.

Here's what her finished project looked like.  As you can see, you don't have to have a design all figured out to create something cool.  I love that it is her own design and she loved that she got to be involved in making her own craft.  Her Mimi loved it too.  Now every time she drinks her tea she will remember how much she is loved! 

I helped her out with the mug handle, adding Mimi's name.  You could also add the year.  How fun would it be to make one of these each year and document how your little one's creativity evolves. 
Dad's aren't always the easiest to buy for.  My hubby doesn't even wear ties to work, so the boring choice isn't even an option.  I honestly think that the thing he would like best is a handmade gift to remember his little ones by.  I bet your little ones would love to create this Scribble Mug just as much as Dad would love to receive it!

One Artsy Mama

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