These hand painted mugs are one of my favorite things in the world.
They make such great personalized gifts for Mother’s and Father’s Day, Birthdays and Holidays. Having coffee in these mugs make my coffee break extra special. I found these when I was browsing the aisles in the craft store and thought that this project idea would really get my kids involved. And it did! They loved every minute of painting these mugs and wanted to paint more mugs after they were finished. Since my kids are still very little (2 and 4 years old) I let them draw whatever they felt like. And I loved the results.
They used their fingertips for dotting and painted their hands for a handprint or they just let their imagination create beautiful abstract images. It always makes me smile when I open the cabinet and get to grab one of these little masterpieces. I purchased these particular sets by Creatology at Michaels craft store for around $2 a piece. They include non-toxic acrylic paint colors, a brush, as well as a white plain mug. But you can also use any plain white mug of your choice and purchase your own enamel paint separately. Kids have a ton of fun decorating these.
After painting , put them in the oven at 350 degrees. DO NOT preheat oven first, the abrupt temperature change could damage the mug. Heat mugs for 30 minutes, when finished, turn the oven off and let the mugs cool down inside the oven.
Note: So far I have continuously washed these painted mugs in the dishwasher on the top shelf and they still look great. It has been a month since I have been using them and even after daily use the paint so far has not been chipped.