Gift Idea! Hand Painted Mugs Kids Can Make!

Hi friends! If you kids (or grandkids) are home on vacation this week you might want to give them this project to try.

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This ceramic painting technique can be done on any store-bought glazed mug, bowl, or dish in minutes! For this project I used the acrylic paint pens set of 12 form Ohuhu (*note these markers were provided to me for review purposes and they gave me a 10% coupon code to share with viewers: 10Frugal )

The listing on Amazon says they can be used on Ceramic Crockeries, Rock Painting Art, DIY Easter Eggs, Porcelain, Metal, Wood, Fabric, Canvas and Glass. At first I could not find any instructions for getting them started or using them on ceramics so I experimented on my own. After I recorded the video I saw that the alternative photos in the product listing had instructions. At least they confirmed that what I ended up doing was right! I wished they put instructions in the box of markers though because someone who has never painted ceramics or used paint pens may not know what to do. If you are a visual learner watch the video for my full product test and tutorial on creating the vine and rose design on the mug. For a gift idea you could fill the mug with candies, teas or other goodies and wrap in festive holiday cellophane and a pretty ribbon. It’s a great teachers gift too!

Video!

 

Some helpful product info:

  • When you get the markers the nib will be uninked. To start the ink flow you must push the nib down into the barrel to break the paint seal and pump it a few times to get the ink to flow. It can take several minutes for the paint to saturate the nib. If at any time you want to increase flow simply press the nib on scrap paper to get it flowing.
  • The marker produces a line width of 1/16″-1/8″ thick of opaque matte paint. It writes smooth and does not streak even on glossy surfaces.
  • The marker and be taken apart and so I will refill them when empty, this makes them a cheaper alternative to other acrylic paint pens.

These paint pens will write on most surfaces BUT will they be permanent on ceramics? Let’s test it out!

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In the video I share 3 test tiles that I did to see how durable this paint would be if used on ceramics. As with all ceramic painting I recommend only painting on areas of a dish where the paint will not come in contact with food or your mouth.

  • Test tile #1: Paint applied on glossy ceramic tile and let air dry for 24 hours. Result: Paint washed off easily with a soapy towel.
  • Test tile #2: Paint applied to tile and dried for 24 hours then baked in a home oven at 350 F for 30 minutes. Result: Paint did not wash off after being wiped with a soapy cloth. I also tried scratching the paint with my fingernail and only the black paint scratched off, the other colors remained securely on the tile.
  • Test tile #3: Paint applied to tile and dried 24 hours then coated with clear spray lacquer. Result: This had the best looking finish because the entire tile was glossy. I recommend this for making coasters but the clear spray is not food safe so not OK for food dishes.

Bottom line: If you are going to use these to paint dishes you will want to bake them as stated above. The finish of the marker is matte though so it will look different on glossy ceramics. I don’t know how durable this will be over time so I suggest hand washing. I think these pens will be totally fine on non washable items like paintings and crafts. I like them:)

This is my preferred method for painting ceramics at home with oven bake acrylics:

This gives you a glossy durable surface. Folk Art Enamels is the oven bake acrylic enamel paint I use. The downside of this method is that you have a little more mess and set up time but you can start with fewer colors and mix to get just what you want. Also the paint is very durable and glossy do the painted areas will have the same finish as a glossy ceramic piece. These paints are very pigmented however they are more transparent so I recommend then for white or light-colored ceramics or you will want to mic white paint into the colors (or underpaint the design in white) for vivid results. The Folk Art Enamel paints go a long way, I have been using the same bottles for years and have don several children’s christmas craft classes with them so as long as you don’t let them freeze you have keep using them year after year. They are a great value.

So there you have it! Two great ways to make hand painted ceramics for gifts! I always loved making handmade gifts for my family at christmas. My mom,a very talented crafter, would get these idea books called “Christmas is Coming” and I would pour through those books trying project after project and to me those are some of my fondest holiday memories. I would rummage through my mom’s stash of fabric and beads (I can only imagine the aftermath of such crafting sessions but mom never got upset) and I would craft and wrap up gifts to surprise all of my family. I don’t specifically remember and particular craft I made but I do remember the feeling of pride of making it myself. I thank that is the best gift we can give our kids. Give them craft supplies, let them make a mess and enjoy the beautiful handmade gifts you receive on Christmas. Your kids will enjoy the feeling of generosity and pride of making it themselves.  Have a great thanksgiving tomorrow and til next time happy crafting!

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