Hello, long-lost friends! I’ll have a proper update on everything that’s been going on here (and why the blog posts have been so sparse) on Thursday. Big news and lots of touchy-feely-ness. Mark your calendars!
Today we’re going to dive right into a new series I’m joining in, hosted by the talented Jess of Domicile 37. She thought it would be fun to select a different designer/home store each month and then knock-off an item in the line that we each like. Design + DIY + Budget, if you will.
I’ve shared some Kate Spade bedding I love before, but truth be told, this isn’t a Kate Spade kind of house. I don’t do mod glam even though I appreciate it. I took a long look at her collections before settling on the Charlotte Street dinnerware set. I love that it has an artistic look and love even more that it looked like something I could successfully knock-off, severe craft-impairment issues and all.
See? Totally manageable. I also loved the Pretty Pantry mug collection and decided to marry the two concepts together and make a set of mugs. Even if they turned out awful, at least I could still use them to deliver life-sustaining coffee (or ice cream).
Here’s what you need to make your own knock-off ceramics: ummm, ceramics (obviously) and oil-based Sharpies. That’s it. You can also use honest-to-goodness ceramic paint, but I wanted (and needed) the control that a pen offered. Plus I didn’t feel like going to Hobby Lobby.
I settled on four different doodles and drew them all over the mugs. The oil Sharpie was fun to use–it goes on solid like paint and dries nearly instantly, so you don’t have to worry about smudging your work. If you mess up, though, just scrub your piece in the sink and the marker rubs right off.
It won’t set until you bake it in the oven. I was nervous that it wouldn’t set as promised, but I followed these instructions and can report that I scrubbed the mugs and the designs stayed put. I don’t think I’d put them in the dishwasher, although allegedly you can. Here are the finished mugs–I think they’re cute, although the blue is not the shade I was hoping for. #stupidcrafts
I have to admit that it was very relaxing making the designs. Can an adult coloring book purchase be far behind? And here are the mugs as a group–they’re cuter that way, like when I watched the kids’ dance recitals when they were little bitty. Alone, you’d be left scratching your head and wondering what you spent all that money on. But as a group…magic! (Stay with me, please.)
Let’s go see what the other non-crafting-impaired ladies came up with! And if you decide to do your own knock-off craft, please tag it with #knockitoffDIY so we can share it. Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you have a great day!