This year for my school holiday gifts, I was inspired by one of my favorite YouTube Channels, What’s Up Moms, to create DIY mugs for my colleagues!
I bought white ceramic mugs and gift tags from Dollar Tree, ordered oil-based Sharpies from Amazon, and then wrote the person’s name on the mug in a pun-intended kind of way, incorporating pictures (luckily, many of the teachers’ and staff members’ last names worked well with this idea, but I definitely had to be more creative with some than others). I then baked them in the oven at 425 degrees for 30 minutes each so that the ink became permanent for washing. At the end, I added a festive holiday napkin and a packet of Ghirardelli’s Peppermint Hot Chocolate with the gift tag on it as an added treat!
I made about twenty of these, but here’s how the third grade teachers’ mugs came out:
Close-up on Mrs. Stern and Ms. Huckabay’s mugs:
Zooming in on Mrs. Diamond, Mrs. Lim, and Mrs. Fulton’s mugs:
I will say that I finished two of them and was like, there! And then was like, oh man, I have eighteen more to go (trying to fit them in whenever the baby was napping;)!!
However, the surprise and happiness on people’s faces when they received these was totally worth it:)
Thank you so much for a wonderful year. I appreciate each and every one of you who takes the time to read this humble little blog from time to time.
Here’s to 2015!