pin babies

***Update:  Kind readers have suggested that oil-based Sharpies and enamel-based paints made specifically for ceramics will make these dishwasher safe. Mine made with traditional Sharpie markers were not, even after baking. I hand washed one and it was fine, but none survived the dishwasher.  I’ve seen a few tutorials for these and none mentioned troublen so I just went for it.  I shouldn’t have assumed.  I’m sorry for any wasted mugs this may have caused : )  It still helped us undo our super cranky day, so I can’t call it a total loss.

What do you get when you add a guilty conscience to two simple Pinterest ideas? An apologetic Pin Baby!

Good and Messy DIY Sharpie Mug

It was a crummy day. The boys were inside all day because I was sick. Thank God my husband played with them for a couple of hours in between work sessions while I huddled under the blankets to shake the chill. They had an “entertain yourselves” kind of a day. That’s not a bad thing, they are quite capable of doing that. But they definitely needed more of my attention than I could give today. And I had zero patience at cleanup time. Coupled with their buckets of attitude, it was all kinds of cranky. I apologized. They cleaned up. We’ll all live. But I haaaate when I take their bad choices personally. It’s like I get offended by their whines before it occurs to me to redirect them. The ping pong of furrowed eyebrows gets us nowhere, and I’m better than that. I want them to be, too. It’s one thing to have a bad day, but it’s another to end a day on a bad note. I just can’t do that. So I wanted us back at the table: the magical place that is torturous at mealtime yet super sweet at play time.

Inspired by this DIY mug idea form Dollar Store Mom, we picked up some white mugs at the thrift store last week for 59 cents each. (Pier One too – yay us!) I was going to let them draw whatever they wanted for Christmas gifts, but that would take about 3 seconds and we needed more time with Pandora and Jack Johnson if we were going to change the tide. Then I remembered this pin of fun negative space (that seems to have lost its rightful owner. If someone has the source, can you please share?-thanks). The result was a cute little Pin Baby that did the trick for this grumpy evening.

Good and Messy DIY Sharpie Mug

Good and Messy DIY Sharpie Mug

Good and Messy DIY Sharpie Mug

Good and Messy DIY Sharpie Mug

I don’t have a ton of supplies other than paint, but I did happen to have a bunch of these dollar store letter stickers so we did some names and peeled them off when we were done decorating. (*note: the original pin/link has the instructions for baking and curing. 350 for 30 minutes and it should be good to go.) I really wanted to do some fun color combos, but we only had 2 Sharpies, and one of them was dying. Oh well, if I had gone to Target to get more Sharpies in fun colors, I would have surely bought a pity coffee, some sort of Rubbermaid storage container and a sweater. Because I was still cold. So look at that! I saved a bundle by sticking with simplicity. Aaaaand we ran out of m’s so Michael suggested “Ma” could work instead of Mom. Resourceful. I like it.

Good and Messy DIY Sharpie MugMy little guy enjoyed the dots for one minute, and then went to town destroying the stickers and playing with Legos. He was very proud of the doodling he did on the back of the initials. I was happy to get a couple of gifts done. My six year old ditched the dots and went with coloring and a thought bubble saying, “hey”. Yup, back to normal.

What about you? Do anything creative this week?

Good and Messy DIY Sharpie Mug

Good and Messy DIY Sharpie Mug


48 thoughts on “pin babies

  1. Love that idea!!! I need more help in the redirecting area…I love how you took this project to redirect and restore the harmony in your house. Definitely taking your lead next time…(which will probably be around 5:00 tonight…I don’t know what happens to my kids around that time 🙂 As far as creative goes, K lost her first “up tooth” this week and was very worried the tooth fairy wouldn’t see it so on to Pinterest I went 🙂 and we made tiny envelopes out of colorful cardstock I had on hand…see was thrilled!

    • What is it about that time of day? That’s when I’m usually tossing them snacks and turning on the tv so I can attempt to make a dinner. It barely works. They are just so needy at that time. Glad I’m not the only one 🙂 And what a GENIUS idea about the tooth envelope!!! We haven’t lost a tooth yet here, but I’m thrilled to know I won’t be hunting for a speck in the dark. Thanks for the great idea! and thanks for reading.

  2. Another great idea! I’m trying to store them up for the 2 looong breaks in our very near future! Thank you! I got a huge backdrop for some pics I took yesterday, wanna paint on it and then I’ll take some fun pics of the kids over break?? The kids miss the boys!

  3. Does the marker stay or is this a NO dishwasher mug? Love the idea but I’m sure Maya would just end up coloring her shirt or the table or her face or my face or whatever catches her attention at the moment! Glad you’re feeling better!

    • The original tutorial says it should cure once baked for 30 minutes at 350. I haven’t run ours through the dishwasher yet, but I’ll let you know if there’s trouble 🙂
      Sharpie’s and toddlers aren’t a good mix, but if you want to add her art to gifts, get a roll of paper and she can decorate the wrapping! Or let her loose and just cut it up into smaller pieces for those little frame ornaments.

  4. Love your posts and this fun craft! I’ve always been convinced that you’ve never had the slightest of a grumpy day with your kids so I also thank you for confirming that you’re occasionally. Makes me feel a little less witchy… at least for a little while.

  5. Something i learned about this project: oil based sharpie paint pens work better for this kid of thing. I have a couple of mugs that i doodled on to get the hang of the markers- never baked them- and they run through the dishwasher just fine.

    • Oh, I’m sure they turned out great. I hope your dad loved them. By the way, I just checked out your site and LOVE your expressions in the OOTD sequins. I need to find an outfit that makes me feel that good 🙂

      • I meant he loved them! Thanks! It was one of my favorite outfits! Those kind of outfits are the best! I know you will find one! hahaha. Sometimes working on your phone isn’t the best because you hit buttons before your ready. hahaha. love your blog!

  6. Great design idea. This would work with craft Enamel paint. The dots could be made with paint on a pencil eraser. Then heat in the oven to cure. I made wine glasses with a confetti design that I found on Pinterest and they have done well in the dishwasher.

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  9. Love your mugs! Their creative and not over-rated mainstream! I also love your blog. The way you write, the things you write about, they make me happy an provoke me to find the better things of life and meditate on them. I know it’s ben a while since your last post, but please…. I’m sure others agree with me. Please consider writing a blog again?! I’d be one happy girl if you do!

    • You should be able to find them at any craft store like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. I’ve seen them occasionally at Target too. It actually says “oil-based” right on the package and pen itself.

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