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DIY Tutorial: Mug Vases


Thursday, May 19, 2011


These lettered mug centerpieces are the perfect DIY project for your next baby shower. I've seen something similar at Anthropologie, but after seeing this easy tutorial from Bells, Bouquets, and Galveston Bay, I think I'll being making my own as well. So simple and a really fun way to show off your sweet message to the mommy-to-be. Also, doubles as a thoughtful present!

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From Clare... I completely fell in love with these lettered mug centerpieces as soon as I saw them on Style Me Pretty and Elizabeth Anne Designs. I love the possibilities of what you can spell out!
The mugs shown are from a certain high-priced store, so I decided I could make mugs that were more personal for less money for a darling DIY flower arrangement.

Materials:

Mugs
Enamel paint like FolkArt Enamels Traditional Colors Set 
Brush set for enamels
Clear contact paper
Craft knife
Rubbing alcohol + cotton ball

Step-by-Step Instructions:
1. Get some mugs you love! I found lots of great options at discount stores like Ross, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls for $1 - 2 each. If you're a bit craft-challenged like me, get a few extra to practice on. I really liked the dotted handles on these mugs.
2. Pick a font you love. Print out the letters you want in the size you want. Leave about an inch around each letter on the page. You will create a stencil out of your letters, so the best fonts are simple and thick. (Love Letters Font or VTKS Estilosa Font)
3. Trace the letters onto contact paper and cut a rectangle around the letter. Again, leave about an inch around each letter.
4.  Cut out the inside of the traced letter with a craft knife from the contact paper to make your stencil. For straight lines, run the knife along a ruler to get as straight as possible.
5. Clean the mug surface with alcohol and let dry. Peel away the backing from the contact paper and press onto the mug. Smooth out any bubbles around the letter.
6. Paint over the stencil with enamel paint. You may have to paint on several layers to get a consistent color without streaks. Don't let the paint dry too much before peeling the contact paper off, or some paint may come off with the paper and leave you with jagged edges. After peeling off the contact paper, clean up any smudges with a thin paintbrush or cotton swab. 


Let the mugs air dry according the paint package directions, so they'll be dishwasher safe. 

Add some flowers and you have an instant centerpiece! 


Design & Photography: Bells, Bouquets, and Galveston Bay

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