How to : father’s day handmade mug for dad #fathersday



Hey everyone !

With father’s day right around the corner its safe to say that dad’s not the easiest person to pick a gift for and no doubt if you gave him flowers ( though some love them I’m sure) he’d give you a funny look or two. Although if you’re feeling a little stumped for what to make for dad this father’s day then I’m sure he’d love nothing more than to receive an inky mug personally made by you.



What you need : 

1. Plain white porcelain mug

2.  Uni Paint gold pen ( fine and extra tip)

Optional : Piece of draft paper & pencil , nail polish remover & cotton wool

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Step one : Gather all your materials together ( mug , pens etc)  to start your inky project , the pens you choose can be in any colour you’d like although for this project I decided to stick with a “gold” tone marker for special effect.

Due to the fact these pens are oil based this means that you can draw directly onto the mugs surface with ease and unlike standard permanent markers the design won’t rub away.


Step two : If you’re a little daunted drawing straight onto your mug or aren’t to sure what design to draw, why not draft your design out on paper before hand ( optional).  This will give you a blueprint of a design to go by like I did here with my fish design making it easier for you to know where and what to draw.

Tip : If you’re a little stuck on what to include in your design why not think about your dad’s favourite thing, my dad’s was fishing so this inspired my little mug design so a thought that small is sure to inspire yours too.


Step three: Once your finished and happy with your design now its time to get down to the real inkyness. Both the fine ( bullet nib) and extra fine ( fine liner) nib pens work well on the surface of the mug , so all that’s left to do is have fun and embellish your mug how you’d like to especially for dad.

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Step four : Be careful as you make your way across your mug, whether your left-handed or right the ink in the pen still takes a few seconds to dry otherwise it could smudge your design. If you make a mistake you can use nail polish remover and some cotton wool to remove a section of your design  where you like.


Final step: Last but not least once your design is all done leave it to dry for 24 hours and then bake the mug  in the oven at 350c for 30 minutes ( you can convert the temperature depending on whether your ovens electric or fan based). Be sure to ask for the help of an adult when using a kitchen oven if your of a young age, once its done baking give it plenty of time to cool and package it how you’d like ready for dad on father’s day :). 

I hope you enjoyed this little inky how to post and maybe it gives you some creative inspiration and idea’s on what to make for dad this fathers day :).

Kate x

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