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Dorm Room DIY: Personalized Mugs!

Last night I spent my evening decorating this mug. I have another one I plan on finishing, but I want to get more colored Sharpies before I draw on it! This DIY is honestly so incredibly easy, but does take a LOT of patience. It was really fun and I’m proud of how my mug turned out! These make perfect gifts for others, or just a nice tea/coffee/hot chocolate mug for yourself.

What You Need:

-Blank Mugs

-A Sharpie (or two, or three, how many you’d like and in whatever colors you’d like!)

-Stick On Letters

-An Oven

-Patience


I bought my mugs at Value Village for 99 cents each (one is a Starbucks cup!) and my letter stickers at the Dollar Store for one dollar. The Sharpie I already had, so if you want cute mugs on a budget, here you go!


Step One:

Remove any stickers from your mug(s) that may be on them and wash them. You don’t want to bake your mugs when they’re super dirty! Dry as well (obviously).

Step Two:

Decide what you want your mug to say and where it goes. I went with my last name and “bham” in honor of my college town. Sticking the letters on in a fun way makes it easier, since trying to get them to look straight and perfect is incredibly hard.

Step Three:

Use your Sharpie to start decorating! I colored all around each letter to make sure the letter was fully outlined, then started dotting out. It takes a lot of time, but in the end, was definitely worth it.You can always draw a cloud around the word and fill it in, or whatever else! Have fun with it.

Step Four:

Remove the stick on letters. I used tweezers so I wouldn’t smudge the Sharpie, but if using your fingers works, that’s fine. You do not want to bake the mugs in the oven with the stickers on!

Step Five: (not pictured)


Bake the mug in the oven at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. After the 30 minutes, let your mug sit for awhile. It will be very hot, so be careful!

And there you go! A cute, trendy, personalized mug. I’m bring this one to college with me, and plan on making myself and my roommate ones. It cost a total of about $3 (maybe) and looks like it’s worth $15! Like I said, these are perfect for gifts or as a gift for yourself.

Fin.

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I love autumn because I love the smells, the colors and pumpkin pie. Check out this pumpkin spice smoothie from Tattooed Martha - sure to cure any early pumpkin pie urges without heating up the oven (because it’s still almost a hundred degrees here!)

dreamalittlebiggerblog:

I love autumn because I love the smells, the colors and pumpkin pie. Check out this pumpkin spice smoothie from Tattooed Martha - sure to cure any early pumpkin pie urges without heating up the oven (because it’s still almost a hundred degrees here!)

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Is your refrigerator boring? Are you a Doctor Who fan? Then what could be better than turning your fridge into a Tardis? You can purchase your own, custom sized police box fridge kit from glassculpture.org.

This is a bit out of reach for the typical college kid, but the admin thought it was super rad. 

dreamalittlebiggerblog:

Is your refrigerator boring? Are you a Doctor Who fan? Then what could be better than turning your fridge into a Tardis? You can purchase your own, custom sized police box fridge kit from glassculpture.org.

This is a bit out of reach for the typical college kid, but the admin thought it was super rad. 

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dreamalittlebiggerblog:

I absolutely love the lit letters trend going on right now, I guess since I’ve always been a fan of using letters or words as home decor/art. These gorgeous illuminated letters from Two Thirty-Five Designs! are attractive and appear to be hung easily. She notes that these get really, really hot so either use specialty bulbs that won’t heat up so much, or I’d just don’t place near a bed (like pictured above) or where children could touch them.

dreamalittlebiggerblog:

I absolutely love the lit letters trend going on right now, I guess since I’ve always been a fan of using letters or words as home decor/art. These gorgeous illuminated letters from Two Thirty-Five Designs! are attractive and appear to be hung easily. She notes that these get really, really hot so either use specialty bulbs that won’t heat up so much, or I’d just don’t place near a bed (like pictured above) or where children could touch them.

When an RA comes into your room

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