Wash the mug with soap and water, then towel it dry. Clean any area you plan to paint using a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol to remove any oils or grease from your fingers.
Paint your mug however you'd like! Just shake the paint marker, depress the tip on a clean paper towel a few times until the paint starts flowing, then draw on your mug.
Place an adhesive stencil on your mug and paint inside of it to add a little holiday cheer. Be sure to push the edges of the stencil down firmly so no paint seeps under the stencil.
Set the mug aside and let the paint dry for 24 hours.
After 24 hours, put the mug in a cold oven on a cookie sheet. Turn the oven on to 350 degrees F and let the mug warm up in the oven as it preheats.
Once the oven has reached 350, set a timer for 30 minutes and leave the mug in the hot oven. When the timer goes off, turn off the oven, but leave the mug in the oven while both the mug and oven cool down. Once the mug is room temperature, you're done!
If you get any stray marks while painting your mug, you can wipe them away with a paper towel. The paint doesn’t really stick to the mug super well until it’s fully dried and then baked, so you have a 5-10 minute window where you can wipe away any extra paint.After curing for 24 hours and baking for half an hour, these mugs should *in theory* be top-rack dishwasher safe. But the dishwasher can be really rough on your dishes, so to be safe I always wash my painted mugs by hand.
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