Friday, March 4, 2016

Sharpie Paint Pens Craft Tutorial

This year we've done several really fun and cute crafts using Sharpie Oil-based Paint Pens.  The how-to is easy and the possibilities are endless!  We used the same method to complete several different crafts.  Read on for examples and instructions. 

Sharpie Mugs

In October we created personalized mugs... great for gifts or for yourself!  Just start with a clean dry surface and draw on the design of your choice.  (We were able to find all the mugs we needed at local thrift stores!)  Sharpie paint pens are available for purchase at any craft store and come in a variety of colors and line widths (fine point, extra-fine, etc.)  To set the paint so that it doesn't come off during use or washing, place mug on a cookie sheet in a cold oven and bring the temperature to 350 degrees.  Bake for 30 minutes and allow to cool in oven before handling.  Hand washing your mug is recommended to help preserve the design.

Celebration Plates

In January we made family "celebration plates"...  You can design a plate to be used for someone's birthday or to celebrate a special day or experience.  For these we used clear plates (again procured at local thrift stores) and the same Sharpie paint pens as above.  Choose your design - you can create something yourself using Publisher or a similar computer program, or you can find an image or graphic on-line.  Once you have chosen your design, you need to reverse it to a mirror image (so that it looks backwards when printed).  Print your template and then tape it face down to the FRONT of the plate.  Use your Sharpie paint pens to trace your design onto the BACK of the plate.  Writing on the back of the plate will keep the ink from coming into contact with food and prevent the design from scratching off.  Use the same baking method as described above to set the design and hand wash after use. 

These crafts are easy & fun and personalize ho-hum dishes into something special!  Give it a try! 

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