Back-to-school teacher gifts

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This was a fun and simple project – we purchased inexpensive white mugs at IKEA and used Sharpie markers.  We used stickers for the teachers’ initials, then used the Sharpies to put dots all around the stickers, creating negative space.  Once the stickers were removed, we baked the mugs in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.  Then, we put a few chocolates in cellophane bags, and tucked a bag into each mug.

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I learned about this technique online, and the directions said that this process would make the mugs safe to wash, but not to put in the dishwasher.  However, one of the teachers told me that the markings on her mug had already smeared.  I’m not sure why the baking didn’t “set” the marker – I’m going to go back and experiment a little, see if I can figure it out.

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3 comments on “Back-to-school teacher gifts

  1. Were you able to figure anything out regarding why it smeared? I love these and may try to make some for Christmas gifts. :)

    • Yes, when I baked it at a higher temperature – 425 degrees for 30 minutes – it fixed the problem, although unfortunately, some of the Sharpie colors don’t stay as bright and bold. You might want to do an “experiment” project that uses all the colors and decide which ones you like best post-baking before doing the real projects. But, at least it cured the smearing problem!

  2. I just did this for some presents for Christmas this year. I noticed where there was still goo from the stickers that is what caused my issues. I have tried to goo gone it and it seemed like some of the dots stayed but the ones that got in contact with goo did not. Now that I have tried baking it twice (once again after I tried the goo gone and re dotting it) I think I’ll try to see if the 425 will help.

    I also read on pinterest if you use BIC permanent markers they colors last better. Too bad that was after I already used sharpies.

    Thanks for the tip that they are washable but not necessarily dishwasher washable. I’ll be sure to pass that along to the people I’m giving them to

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