December 6, 2012

Saw it. Pinned it. Did it. : Long Distance BFF Mugs

Well, it goes without saying today is already Thursday. Which, if you didn't know, is the day before Friday. Can I get a "whoop whoop"?!

No?

Ok.

Either way-you're in for a real treat for today's Saw it. Pinned it. Did it. project. Though this may have been easier than ALL of the other projects I've done (Hey. I'm all about simplicity, folks.), it's by far my favorite one yet because it's so near and dear to my heart.

And I'll give you just one hint...
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Original pin.

What you'll need:

2 white coffee mugs (Target $3)
Sharpies (whichever colors you prefer)
An oven
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First, you'll need to make friends with someone halfway
across the world, like my lovely co-host/PIC/BFF, Katie, to make these work.

Once you've found your friend, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and then teach yourself how to draw both your state and their state. Warning: drawing states is NOT an easy task. Actually, I'm terrible at it and therefore, I've decided a tattoo artist career is NOT in my near future. Shocker. I know.

After you've practiced drawing both of your states ON PAPER, you'll want to use eyeliner to draw the states on the actual mugs, I mean, unless you're just a ridiculously talented state drawler because Lord knows I would have gone through an entire case of white coffee mugs had I went straight to the mug with a Sharpie.
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Once you've drawn your states with eyeliner, trace around the outside of the eyeliner with your marker. Just a thin line, for now. Allow your marker to dry and using a wet rag or sponge, wipe away the eyeliner so that you just have the thin stencil of the state in marker. Go over the lines to make them as thick as you'd like.

Add whatever final touches you wish and stick those gems in the oven to bake for 45 minutes! (When you bake them, it seals the marker into the mug so that you can wash it over and over again without the marker rubbing off. Genius, right?! Not my idea...)
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You keep the mug with their state & you'll need to mail them (obviously) the mug with your state on it. Now I know every time Katie drinks her morning cup-o-joe, she'll have no choice but to think about your's truly. ;)  (She's welcome.)
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I can't get over how flippin' adorable these turned out! I'm still trying to convince Katie to pick up and move to the TX, but I don't think it's working. A coffee mug was the least I could do. ;)


You know the drill!
Link up using the linky tool below so everyone else can see what you've created!
Link back to Katie and I's blogs in your post so other people can know about the link up!
Include the button below by pasting the HTML into your post. Pwetty please?

Saw it. Pinned it. Did it.

100 comments:

  1. Steph, you've really outdone yourself. TOOOOO cute.

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  2. are you kidding!? SOO STINKING CUTE!!! im in love!!!

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  3. These are adorable and I love them!

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  4. I had heard mixed reviews on this project--but clearly it works for you! Must try!

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  5. SO cute Steph!

    p.s.
    I have that zebra blanky ;)

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  6. Love these! But I've heard that putting them in the oven doesn't seal the marker like it's supposed to and it just wipes right off. Have you tried to wipe over it yet? If yours worked then I am totally doing this for my friends for Christmas!

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    1. Erin, I made sharpie mugs as a bridal shower gift but wanted to test them before I actually gave them as a gift. After I baked them for 45 minutes and let them completely cool I ran them in the dishwasher. When I got them out of the dishwasher the mugs were as white as when I purchased them--the design was gone! So, I tried it again but hand washed instead. Same thing. The marker washed right off. I then bought the sharpie paint pens--those didn't work. I think the only way you can get this to work is by using markers specifically designed for ceramics, which are very pricey.

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  7. These mugs are absolutely adorable! I am totally going to steal this idea and recreate some of my own for presents this year. Love it. And I love you and Katie! You girls are too cute. Such a fun link-up :)

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  8. seriously the cutest thing ever!!!! im making mugs for my sisters for christmas....but these just look so much cuter than mine will, i already know it LOL
    and im sure you just made Katie's day by giving this to her :)

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  9. ^ what Lindsay said!

    YOU MADE MY DAY, WEEK, life (obviously) since we have been friends. I have been so anxious to see what these were ever since last night (impatient x20) and smiled SO big!

    I cannot wait to sip out of that mug and take our usual pics where we act like we are together. I love you I love you I love you and I don't care who knows it! - Elf really got it right with that line.

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  10. um those are kind of awesome!! totally need to make us some of those.

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  11. I've been wanting to try these!!! So glad to see someone who tried it and it really did work!

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  12. ahhhhh!!!! Those are the cutest things ever. You did awesome! Love it!

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  13. These are super cute!! Was it hard to write on the inside of the mug?!

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  14. These look awesome! I've seen these done before with Mr. & Mrs. written on them, but never states like this, and I love! Great job on these :) And that's a great tip to start with eyeliner first! I also would have horribly screwed up had I got straight for the Sharpie...

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  15. So cute!! Just a heads up, hand wash them! I made "mr & mrs" ones and put them in the dishwasher, buh-bye writing! :(

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  16. Great idea Steph, I'm sure Beau didn't think of it. Hope all is well, watch out for the chupacabras!

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    1. Beau definitely did not think of this. He doesn't have many good ideas these days...what is he good for?! All is well. Thanks for the note about the chupacabras-I'll definitely be on the look out.

      PS-Katie told me about some weird rash she has going on between her legs. You might wanna get her and yourself checked out. Just sayin...you don't want that to spread.

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    2. Beau actually had a fabulous idea he ran by me as of late...divorcing you, and marrying me. How do you like them apples sugar?

      HAHAHAHA Love you. PS-I'm clean, ok?

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    3. Ray J and I already discussed that. Y'all go be married. We're off to Fiji to honeymoon. Booyah.

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    4. haha. Hi RAY J! Loves you and this comment you left Steph <3

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  17. Love it! I'm all about the sentimental coffee mugs.

    I SWEAR it makes the coffee that much better.

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  18. Why must you make me pin everything you do!!! LOVE this!

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  19. These are perfection and I'm totally making these! Hopefully my states turn out as great as yours!

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  20. Awww I made myself a "Mrs." one awhile back for the linkup!! I did the exact same thing you did and they looked so cute coming out but they dind't stay! One trip through the dishwasher and the ink was halfway gone...now they are just blank :( I was frusturated about it though and did a little more research and read you can buy a paint pen to trace over it and it WILL stay. Hopefully you have better luck than I did :(

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  21. Oh my goodness those are SO cute! :) Absolutely LOVE them!!! I finally just got my post up!!! So excited to be linking up this week! :)

    xo

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  22. Will you post a follow up? I've heard that the writing comes off pretty easily. I'd love to try it if it's worth it!

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  23. oh. my. gosh. these are the CUTEST mugs I've ever seen. You & Katie are definitely my favorite people in the blogging world.. love you both ;)

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  24. Steph--I absolutely LOVE this! Awesome. Totally doing this for my friends soon! :)

    ~Tiffany
    http://tiffanyd22.blogspot.com

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  25. those mugs are too cute! thanks for the idea :)

    -Emma
    chasingtexas.blogspot.com

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  26. I really want to play along with this link up, but instead can I can it "I pinned it, then Steph made it for me." I just feel like you're really good at it...

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  27. This is AWESOME. I am making this for my best friend in PA (I now live in SC) for Christmas! How cute!!

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  28. I love these! I've seen something similar on pinterest with plates but I've never tried it. I could definitely make these for my bestie in CA!

    www.exploringallavenues.blogspot.com

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  29. I've tried this before and the marker just wears right off! What temperature did you have your oven set on? Maybe I'm doing it wrong :/

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  30. Great idea and yours turned out great!! x

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  31. Love this idea - I have a good friend that lives in Arkansas - I live in Kentucky...what a super idea! Thanks for sharing!!

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  32. such a great idea! really cute!!

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  33. You can buy porcelain paint pens at places like Michael's & they are usually food safe & permanent. They will cost you about the same as a big pack of Sharpies.

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  34. If you do make a mistake with the sharpie, you can always write dry erase marker on it and the sharpie will come off

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  35. These are very cute but the Sharpie comes off after baked even if it is hand washed. Very disappointed I worked so hard on these and it is yet another Pin that does not work!

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  36. These are very cute but the Sharpie comes off after baked even if it is hand washed. Very disappointed I worked so hard on these and it is yet another Pin that does not work!

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  37. yep ... the sharpie will wash off. I made some plates for my sons graduation party. I had them in my dishwater just for a sec ... 2 plates were ok, but writing faded/washed off on the 3rd. If I ever do this type project again, I'll go for the porcelain markers.

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  38. I love this and was wondering if anyone else thought it made sense to put both states on each cup, one on each side so the line actually connected them? Thoughts? Figured I could use some input before I made mine

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    1. That's a great idea! I might do that or take a pic of both together to send with the one to her of my state.

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  39. Thank you for sharing this (and to whoever first pinned your post)! :) My best friend just moved from the East Coast to ALASKA! I'm making these for us! LOVE it!

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  40. I just made these for Christmas gifts for two of my friends that live out of state and they turned out AWESOME!! i LOVE that they are such a thoughtful and personal gift.

    Just a few recommendations and things to think about...

    I used a larger latte cup from Target to help give me more space on the cups for a larger state image. It's an added bonus for a bigger cup of coffee/tea.

    Also, I did a google search for each state and found images with a clean outline. I copied the images into a word document and made them the size that I wanted. I cut out the states and then taped the back side of the pattern on to the cups. This worked really well to have a clean outline and avoid the step of using the eye liner.

    Thanks for posting and re-pinning!!!

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  41. I just read a ton of comments on a different site that said this doesn't work! How did yours turn out after handwashing it? Many people said it washed right off, I just made this and have yet to bake it. Thank you!!

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  42. LOVE these mugs! I left my bff in CT when I moved to FL and this would be a super cute gift idea!

    Now did you keep the TX mug for yourself since you live in TX or did you give it to her for her to think of you? (I'm just wondering if I should gift the FL or the CT one to my friend)

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  43. I totally did this for my BFF and the eye
    Iner was a great idea what I did instead though was print out the state traced the reverse side with eyeliner
    I then pushed this on to my mug so I could trace around that instead of having to practice drawing the state on my own
    Hope this help futures projecters thanks for the tips it was an awesome gift

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  44. Love this idea, I did it for my best friend for Christmas and just tried washing my mug & the sharpie came right off! HELP!

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  45. I revered the picture and traced on the paper with eye liner.. then just pressed it against the bowl and rubbed... the eye liner left a perfect print that I could just write around! I did a set of ice cream bowls and on the inside of my sisters wrote "your the sprinkles" and on the inside of mine wrote "on my ice cream" They are baking right now and Im super excited to see them finished!

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  47. These are adorable! What temperature do you bake them at?

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  48. I love this project, but I love your writing style more! It cracks me up!!!

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  49. I've had this pinned for a while and I finally did it! A little different but they came out great!!!! Thanks for idea!

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  51. At what temperature do you bake the coffee mugs?

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  52. Just made these! They turned out good.... BUT my marker washes off :( I was so excited about giving these to my friend who is being stationed... So does anyone have any ideas on how to make this work?

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    1. I just re did these and it turning out great. I wiped all my marker off with nail polish remover and i made sure not to touch the mugs with my hands to get oil on them and then baked them at 425 for 30 min. And now the marker is stuck on them!

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  54. Baking it for 45 minutes is actually too long, to make sure the sharpie stays its supposed to be in the oven no more than 30 minutes, 20 is usually best I've heard. I did for 45 minutes and the sharpie came off first wash. Just so y'all know :)

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  55. Thanks, A very useful information.

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  56. I found your blog and I did this project. It didn't work very well for me with just the marker so I put clear coat nail polish over it which seems to be working for me. I put a link on my blog back to yours so you could get credit for the awesome idea. :) Thanks.

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  59. I did this last night and used a "Laundry Sharpie", one I found at the store that's designed for staying in fabric after you wash it. I gave it a shot, and listened to another commenter's advice to cook at a higher temp for shorter time. I did 425 degrees for 20 min, and it worked great! I've only hand-washed the cups so far so I can't say if it will last through the dishwasher.

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