Fathers Day Mug DIY

I originally shared this mug tutorial over on Red Ted Art earlier this year, but as it’s been so successful in our family and it’s so hard to think of  gifts for men I thought I’d share this cute Father’s Day mug that my son made over here too!

handmade gifts for men

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Due to my intense Pinterest addiction I spent a lot of time last year looking at posts about DIY mugs. The post was always the same ‘Use a sharpie’ and then in the comments someone would say ‘I used a Sharpie and it was rubbish.’ So here’s my point. You know when you were younger and you’d read make up tips in magazines? (This is of course presuming you’re around the same age as me.) And they’d say things like ‘Why not use your lipstick as a blusher or a eyeshaddow? And then you’d try it and you would look like a clown? Yep?!? Well that’s because lipstick is only meant to be used on your lips. No brainer really. And it’s exactly the same with Sharpies, they’re not meant to be used on mugs. Seems sensible really!

What we use instead is this Pebeo ceramic pen which I bought on Amazon. They also do a cute pack of coloured ones if you fancy something a bit more colourful than mine. The mug is from Wilkinsons and cost something like 80p

how to decorate a mugA steady supply of these have turned into pretty much the perfect gifts for men in our family with The Husband and Grandfathers all receiving them and loving them! I simply give the pen and cup to The Toddler, he draws a nice picture on them (normally Batman or the directions to the local soft play, you can see that in the picture, right?!) and then it’s left for 24 hours and baked in the oven at 150oc

In the aims of truthfulness I must be honest and say that there has been a small amount of wear to the pictures, but the handy thing about toddler designs is you can’t really tell, and I personally also think this is because our washing up is done with a scouring pad rather than a lovely dishwasher *cries a bit* The results are good enough though that we have had requests from members of the family and it’s not often you get that for stuff that the kids have made.

handmade gifts that kids can make


  1. 2nd June 2014 / 12:09 pm

    Perfick – this is just the sort of thing Papasaurus would appreciate 🙂

  2. 2nd June 2014 / 6:04 pm

    Great idea and looks really good I may have to try that next year. This year we’ve made daddy a personalised apron.

  3. 3rd June 2014 / 9:12 am

    Nice idea, and unique too! Thanks for the tip about the ceramic pen, I didn’t know they existed.

  4. 3rd June 2014 / 11:23 am

    Great tip about the ceramic pen. I have heard very mixed reviews of sharpies, this alternative sounds much better 🙂

  5. 3rd June 2014 / 7:04 pm

    Requests from the family..? That’s Christmas sorted then! 😉

    • 4th June 2014 / 6:27 pm

      From my dad! And I never know what to get him!!

  6. 3rd June 2014 / 9:15 pm

    Love this, so simple but perfect. I’m totally disorganised this year…. *heads off to amazon to order a ceramic pen* 🙂

  7. 3rd June 2014 / 9:41 pm

    I’ve never heard of a ceramic pen or a sharpie so you won’t be surprised to hear that I’m not very crafty with the kids. This does look like the kind of thing I could handle though, not much mess either! #letkidsbekids

  8. 4th June 2014 / 1:06 pm

    Popping back, I do love this idea!
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

  9. 8th June 2014 / 8:54 pm

    What a lovely idea! Thanks for linking up to this weeks #parentingpinitparty

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