DIY Personalized Coffee Mugs

restaurant coffee mugs

DIY Personalized Coffee Mugs –   Coffee mugs can be great presents for your loved ones. You can personalize a coffee mug and use it to flatter a birthday boy or girl. You can also write love quotes on a mug and gift it to your spouse on your anniversary. It is fun, easy to decorate a coffee mug. Here are some things you will need to do this:

  1. A plain white mug
  2. A sharpie
  3. An oven
  4. Cookie sheet
  5. Some creative ideas

Here are the steps that will help you to create some personalized and impressive coffee mugs.

·         Select a permanent marker

Pick any color permanent maker, if you’re having trouble deciding, black is the most classic and most common. You can select a marker according to your loved one’s choice. For instance, if your friend of family member likes red color then you should use a red permanent market.

·         Preheat your oven

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. While your oven is heating you can begin decorating your coffee mug.

·         Take a plain white coffee mug and write your message on it

You can write a love message or an inspiring message on your white or clear coffee mug. You can write a funny message if you want to gift the mug to a close friend. You can also draw something on the mug. For instance if your loved one likes to swim then you can draw some fish on the mug and if they like soccer then you can draw soccer ball on the mug. Choosing the right mug can really help you in this project. So, check out some restaurant coffee mugs online and choose the prettiest one. Brands like the Webstaurantstore offers durable coffee mugs that are ideal for this project.  

·         Bake the decorated coffee mug for 30 minutes

Once you have decorated the mug, place it on a cookie sheet inside your oven. Let it bake for 30 minutes. Take the cookie sheet out of the oven after the 30 minutes are up and remove the mug from the sheet. Place it on a kitchen counter top and allow it to cool down completely. This will set the marker’s ink and it will not get washed off. Your coffee mug is now ready to be used. So, wrap it in a cute gift wrap and send it to your loved one.

With only a sharpie and a light colored coffee mug can help you to show off your personality! Such mugs also make fantastic, inexpensive and emotional gifts for any occasion.

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DIY Nail Art

Right image: Nail Art 1 by Charmagne (http://www.flickr.com/photos/my_insanity/4841702541/)

Fashionistas have been falling all over themselves for quirky manicure designs lately. Manicures have come a long way and these days, getting a manicure is all about nail art and playing around with current trending colors and adding more intricate artwork to polish designs. Decking your fingers out with fun designs is what’s currently in and a great way to alter your mood and show off your fun personality. Who needs a professional manicurist to touch up your nails when you can do them yourself… all from the comfort of your home?!
What you need:
• Fine paintbrush
Nail art stickers
• Acrylic paint
• Top coat
• Base coat
• Rhinestones, glitter, etc. (other nail embellishments)
Aluminum foil 18 x 1000
• Optional: stamp kit, nail pens
What to do:
1. Before getting started, it’s important to note that a good set of acrylic paints is essential for nail art. You can use nail varnish to paint your deigns, but they can muck up your brushes and take a while to dry. To save you time cleaning afterwards, it’s best if you paint over a cloth or aluminum foil to avoid a mess.
2. Apply your base coat and let it sit a couple seconds before applying your desired color.
3. Next, apply your base color and allow a couple minutes for it to completely dry.
4. Remember that nail art takes time and practice. Begin practicing with simple patterns and designs such as stripes, dots etc. This will allow you to become adjusted to your brush, helping you to become comfortable with using it at a certain angle.
5. Dip your brush into the acrylic paint and carefully sketch your desired design.
6. Remember that a good topcoat is a MUST for nail art because you need to make sure your design is sealed, so do not forget to seal in your top coat!

Make your own Mother’s Day card

mother's day card with scrapbook motif "Mother's day" | by Lauren Manning (http://www.flickr.com/photos/laurenmanning/1264191980/) via creative commons

With Mother’s day quickly approaching it would make sense that we would all be scrambling around for that perfect gift to give our moms. While you could buy her a gift, I’m sure that we’ve all figured out by now that one of the best things to do for our moms is to make her something. Even if we’re adults, there’s always that spot in our mom’s hearts that will be reserved for the love of our crafts that we produce. So we’re here to help you with an idea that may not only save you from wracking your brain to giving a gift but make you mom a tearful thank you.

What you’ll need

  • Stamps (of a girly, Mom variety, one that might say Happy Mother’s day)
  • Purple stamp ink
  • Burgundy ink
  • Card stock
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Stickers or embellishments (like paper flowers, jewels or anything else you might find)
  • Glue
  • Scissors

What to do:

  • Use the card stock as a template and cut with you scissors along the edges of the scrapbook paper to make a simple design as a base
  • Glue the paper to the top of the card and allow it to dry
  • Use your ink to color any part of the stamp that you want to create the best design possible for you mom
  • Once you’ve stamped the paper in the proper place, allow the ink to dry
  • After the ink is dried, you can add any further flourishes to the card. This could be something simple like some stickers that are fun or a flower in your mom’s favorite color with a rhinestone as it’s center

Once you’ve completed the entire look and let everything set and dry, you can write in the card to your heart’s content. The fun thing about using a blank card is how much room you have to write exactly what you feel. You don’t have to let the card do the talking for you, because this is all coming from you. Once you’re all done, seal it in an envelope and mail it off. Or have the pleasure of giving it to her yourself. Either way, she’ll love it when you give it to her. Hope you have a Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there and good luck to all your crafts!

How to decorate your home for spring

butterfly candle holder, stained glass easter egg holder via become.com merchant

 

One of the most fun things you can do for your house is decorating it.  So we here at Craft Corners would like to show you what you can do to make sure your house is completely themed to the max so no one will question what time of year it is or any of your craft skills.

With spring here, what better way to decorate your house then with a plethora of spring items? Here’s a run-down of some quick buys that you can pick up to make sure you’re all set for any flowers blooming or bees buzzing around your house.

What you should get:

  • An Easter banner or flag to show what everyone should hope to expect upon entering your house, put this in your yard or on a flag holder
  • A stained glass Easter egg wreath – hang this up on your front door
  • A floral print table runner – this will be perfect for Easter brunch or dinner
  • A butterfly candle holder – so all your guests can admire your hard work
  • Bunnies – of course, any and all sizes, may it be made of cotton, ceramic or even homemade, decorating the house with a bunny look is exactly what you want to achieve
  • Eggs – the next most important step after the bunnies. What’s fun is if you decide to have the egg hunt inside the home then you can blend the eggs in with the ones that actually have candy in them

Take a gander at the house now! I would be very surprised if anyone didn’t compliment, enjoy or bask in the glory of one of the best seasons of the year. Checking out other craft blogs is a great idea to see what others have done to make sure their house is completely done up the right way. One of my friends bought some adorable wicker baskets to spruce up the front porch along with a wooden bunny entrance and it made her home look wonderful. What do you think you’ll be doing to make sure your house is ready for spring?

How to make your old bicycle new

Krylon Blue Bicycle Frame | Daniel Oines | http://www.flickr.com/photos/dno1967b/5793236878/sizes/m/in/photostream/ via Creative Commons

 

Bicycles are one of the rare items in our garage that have remained useable and largely unchanged throughout their history. If they are maintained and stored well, many bicycles can even outlive their owners. Chances are that if you take a peek into your garage there is an old bicycle sitting in the corner collecting dust and cobwebs, but with a little hard work and elbow grease you can make the bike brand new again. A fun project for both yourself and the kids, here’s a quick guide to restoring your old bikes into their former glory.

Things you’ll need:

–          Spray paint

–          Sand paper

–          Bike lubricant (*Not WD-40)

–          Soap & rag

–          Pre-taped draping

Steps to restore:

1. Remove the tires and wipe the bike down, cleaning as much gunk off of it as possible.

2. Using a soapy wet rag, wash the pedals, gears, seat and handles to really give it a good clean.

3. Sand down the frame of the bike to remove unwanted rust and/or blemishes, creating a smooth and clean.

4. Using the pre-taped draping, cover the gear box, chain, pedals, handles, and reflectors. Remember, the most important part of painting is the prep work and if it is done well, painting will be a breeze.

5. Using the spray paint (I recommend kyron blue as it is florescent and easy to spot), holding the can six inches away from the frame. Apply multiple coats as needed keeping in mind that too much paint will make it easier to chip off.

6. While you let the paint dry, apply the bike lubricant to the freshly cleaned chain and gearbox, ensuring a well-running machine.

7. Put the tires back on and go for a ride!

While the great spring weather upon us, right now is the perfect time for a fun spring break project that the whole family can get involved with!