For a few months now, one of my daughter’s favorite things to do is make my coffee in the morning before I go downstairs. She started this routine a while ago and it is the best. What a sweetie. She told me the other day that she wanted to make me a coffee mug. I, of course, obliged and we bought some supplies so I could show her how to bake a painted mug after she was done. Just recently, not only has she made my coffee, she places it on the kitchen table along side of my notebook and pen and my laptop. She even plugs it in! Anyway, here is how we did it!
Time: A few hours
- Ceramic Mug
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The main reason for baking a painted mug is to make the paint permanent and the mug dishwasher safe. This tutorial is for ceramic mugs. Consider going to a thrift store for a large and inexpensive selection. You can use oil based paint markers or oil based paints, or any paint recommended for glass or ceramics.
I laid out some paper and let my daughter unleash her creativity! She is 6 years old and thought this was the coolest craft because of her special morning routine. When she was finished, I followed these easy steps:
- Do not preheat the oven because the mug may crack or shatter if it does not gradually heat. Place the freshly painted mug in a cold oven.
- Turn the oven onto bake at 360°.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- When the 30 minutes is up, turn off the oven, but leave the mug inside. Allow the oven and mug to cool together completely.
As I mentioned, you can now wash the mug in the dishwasher. So far, we have washed this mug four times and so far so good! Please note that we did not scrub the mug, rather rinsed it and then washed it in the dishwasher. Avoid using abrasive sponges on the paint.
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