I made this mug for my best friend from college, Molly. Her birthday is later this week and I wanted to do a DIY gift for her. She lives in Wisconsin and I’m in Seattle, so I thought this idea would be fun. I love how it turned out and hope she enjoys it, too!

Here’s a quick overview of the supply list and steps to make a mug like this:

  • White ceramic mug (I purchased mine from Fred Meyer)
  • Sharpie pens (I used the traditional fine print ones in black and red; I wanted to make the hearts pink but my pen was defective)
  • Image of whatever you want to put on your mug (I just used Google Maps on my iPhone)

Here’s how I did the project:

  1. Determine what you want on your mug. My friend lives in Wisconsin and I live in Washington, so I just needed to find the basic shapes for both states. I just searched on Google Maps! 
  2. Draw the shapes on the mug; I freehanded mine and (very) surprisingly, they turned out nicely. I definitely didn’t inherit the artist genes the rest of my family has, so I was pleased.
  3. Trace over the initial drawing until it’s the thickness you like. I wanted my state outlines to be pretty thick, so I went over it 3-4 times.
  4. Using a colored Sharpie, draw a heart nearby the city you and the recipient of the mug live.
  5. Draw little dashes from each heart to the other. Of course from Washington to Wisconsin there isn’t a funny squiggly mark, but I added it for a fun little touch.
  6. Place the mug in a cold oven in the middle of the rack. Turn the heat to 350 degrees and “bake” it for 30 minutes. Turn off the oven and let the mug cool for 15-20 minutes. Carefully remove (be especially careful not to smear the ink; since it’s warm it might be a bit wet) the mug and place on a potholder. Cool completely.

**The mug is ready to use, but be careful not to wash in the dishwasher and/or use a heavy-duty scrubber to wash as the ink might fade. 

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