Tuesday, 18 December 2012

All I Want For Christmas...

Obviously presents are a huge part of Christmas, and I love to give them, especially when it's something meaningful to the recipient. This year I decided to have a go at making my presents, and so I decided to start easy, and do some chalkboard mugs.

You will need:
Pebeo Porcelaine 150 Chalkboard Paint
Paint Brush
Masking Tape
White Porcelain Mugs
Chalk

Cover the top half of the mug using masking tape (unless you want to paint the whole mug), and use it as a guide when painting the mug, so that there is a clean line.
Using the paint (it's important that its porcelain paint, as other chalkboard paint will not have the same effect), paint the bottom half of the mug, until it's in one even layer. You may notice that the paint is a bit gritty, but don't panic, it's meant to do that.
Leave to dry for a few hours, preferably overnight, and if another layer is needed, paint and leave for a few more hours.
Once dried, remove the masking tape.
Preheat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas Mark 2.
Put the mugs into the oven, and bake for 30 minutes. This fixes the paint, allowing the mugs to be washed in a dishwasher without the paint chipping off.
Once the mugs have cooled, scribble some chalk over the chalkboard section, and just wipe off.
Hey Presto! Chalkboard mugs!

 Judging by my friends reactions, they loved them, and a few of them have told me that they've used them already. Success!

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