Today is My First DIY Bride Post: Engagement Mugs Yayyy! Since getting engaged to the love of my life earlier this year I haven’t done nearly enough Wedding research to be anywhere close to getting married. So I decided that alongside my university course and work I would get creative and create posts on my upmost passions. One of these being my love of fashion and the other being the dream of the perfect wedding. In hopes that it would prepare me for both my launch into the fashion industry and being able to actually plan a wedding!!! (without going absoultley crazy).
I love Pinterest, it is truly one of my favourite creative outlets, sat at home after a long day at university with a cup of tea pinning away all these fabulous fashion looks and creative crafts. ( You can see my Pinterest feed to the right of this post, feel free to give it a follow if you like what you see!) Pinterest is where I got the idea for this post, there are so many beautiful engagement gift ideas on there. I found an image of a mug with the quote ” This Just Got Real” with a big diamond ring plastered on the side of it. These Engagement Mugs have been very popular with couples announcing their special news on social media. I clicked the image and it took me to lots of sellers on ETSY charging £30+ not including postage and NOT handmade ( the quote is digitally printed on). I reaaaaaaaly wanted one of these mugs as they looked so pretty and I felt it would make me part of the engaged ladies club. But I couldn’t allow myself to spend that amount of money on one mug. Soooo I got the creative juices flowing and the music blaring and decided to have a go at making a few myself. With hopefully one turning out nice enough to send as a present to my newly engaged friend.
I wondered down to my local Hobbycraft after doing some immediate research on products that people had used previously with successful results. Luckily for me there was also an ASDA near by for me to get the remainder of the Supplies I needed.
Supplies Needed for the exact mug above:
Inexpensive Porcelain Mugs: ASDA
Cotton buds: ASDA
Porcelain Paint Schwartz Black 703: Hobbycraft
Humbrol Flat brushes 6: Hobbycraft
Champagne Gold Deco Art Dazzling Metallics Ceramic Paint: Hobbycraft
Engagement Mugs Method
Remove any stickers/price tickets (these will burn when placed in the oven) and clean mug with water ONLY and dry thoroughly.
Sketch out proposed design on a piece of paper to practice the technique of writing/ calligraphy you want to paint onto your mug.
Draw a rough outline of the design onto the mug using a lead pencil- ensuring you can see all letters and words from a face on view of the mug. .
NOTE: I tend to go freestyle with the designs and rarely sketch onto the mug beforehand which I’m sure you can tell by some of the spacing on the words and letters. It depends on your confidence level of using paint, how steady your hand is and how perfect you want the design to be. Ultimately whether you want the “hand crafted” look or the “professionally finished” look.
Start at the top of the mug and work left to right painting your design as you go, this is especially helpful in my first design as each row of words are a different colour.
As you go erase mistakes using only a cotton bud and water. Make sure that the mug is left clean with no smudges or marks as these can not be removed after the baking process. When your happy with the final product leave to dry for at least 24 hours.
The Porcelain black paint instructions states that it is safe to use after 24 hours, you don’t need to bake the mug and it is also safe to use in the dishwasher. But due to using a different kind of paint for the gold words ( due to metallic paint not being sold by the same brand) the Engagement Mugs will still need to be baked and hand washed ONLY to preserve the design.
Step Six: FINAL STEP
Cover a baking tray in foil and place the Mug on the middle of the tray in a COLD oven. Turn the oven to 220* degrees and set a timer for 1 hour. Once the hour is up turn the oven off and LEAVE the mug inside the oven until COMPLETELY COOL. We are taking this approach of warming gently and cooling slowly to avoid the design cracking. I baked mine in the evening so I could leave the mug in the oven overnight ensuring the design doesn’t get damaged as after baking the paint is still really tacky until its completly cooled down.
YAYYYYY you’ve completed an Engagement Mug. Easy right?
F.Y.I Sometimes coloured paints do get darker when baked so make sure you take this into consideration when choosing your colours for your own DIY Engagement Mugs.
After I completed the first design I did a few others just to see what they looked like. If you want to try the designs below just follow the steps above. The different paints I used are linked here: Gold Paint Pen, White Paint Pen and Pink Paint Pen. When ONLY using these paint pens its best to heat the oven to 160 degrees when baking/curing and after curing you can can put them in the dishwasher- only to 40 degrees. Personally I found the paint easier to use than the pens as they didn’t flow as easily as a paintbrush does but over all still good to use when in need of a quick engagement gift.
Now remember you can always glam up these mugs by adding a big bow on the handle and a mini bottle of champagne to create a quick and easy engagement gift. I am going to be creating a DIY Bride: Engagement Gift Basket post very soon, let me know if there is anything you would want included!
Thank you so much for reading my DIY Bride Engagement Mug Post, I hope that you enjoyed it!
Please let me know in the comments below if you create this DIY project and how well it worked for you!