DIY: Custom Vintage Teacup

So, as I posted in my Week in Review, I had the pleasure of making a handmade gift for my cousin’s bridal shower this past weekend. Handmade gifts are kind of my thing right now. Partly because I’m trying to be frugal, but mostly because I see so many Pinterest ideas that I want to do and I just need a reason to do them! (If you invite me to a party, just go ahead and expect something handmade.)

I saw this on Pinterest and fell in love. I love going antique shopping, but never buy anything because I have negative storage in my house and I’m scared it will all be ruined before I can get my life house in order. It was the most exciting experience to actually check out at one of my favorite browsing spots.

I selected my teacup. I looked for coloring that would complement black lettering and for relatively smooth and less shapely sides to assist my handwriting.

Now, the worst part was that the internet has about 1,863,909 different tutorials for how to make those hand-drawn sharpie mugs and they are all different. AND, I would be using that method on vintage, already coated/glazed, china. I did a LOT of research and after buying the incorrect products initially, settled on these.

Step 1. CLEAN the teacup & saucer with cotton balls and rubbing alcohol. This helps remove any dirt/dust that has collected from months in an antique shop.

Step 2. Using an Oil-Based Sharpie (found at Hobby Lobby in the painting section), draw your choice of words. I opted for “Mrs.” instead of “Bride” because I felt like “Mrs.” would be appreciated for longer. If you mess up, no biggie. A damp paper towel, or rubbing alcohol will wipe it off and you can start again.

Step 3. Place teacup/saucer in COLD oven. I put mine on a metal pizza pan. Turn the oven on to Bake at 350 degrees. Once the oven is preheated, set a timer for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, turn off the oven and allow items to cool inside. I just left mine in overnight.

When you remove your items, the hand-painted lettering will be sealed and can now be washed gently by hand.




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