Irish Coffee Mugs – St. Patrick’s Day Craft Idea.
I have my fair share of Irish running through my veins. And I’ve had my fair share of St. Patrick’s Day celebrating in my 20s. You know, to celebrate my heritage …
with a bar crawl.
Because that’s the best way to celebrate the sainted man who drove the snakes from Ireland.
Here in Chicago, St. Patrick’s Day is taken very seriously. With seriously large green hats and foam green fingers. Hoards of green dressed partiers spend their day traveling by foot and by cab from bar to bar.
It’s quite the scene. Especially in the nearby Wrigleyville neighborhood. The area near Wrigley Field probably has the largest concentration of bars in all of Chicago. So, naturally, all those large green hats and green foam fingers gravitate there …
while I gravitate away.
I’m way past bar crawl stage. And have entered the stay at home and enjoy an Irish coffee stage. So I thought I’d make special Irish coffee mugs just for the occasion.
How To Make Irish Coffee Mugs
Mugs (I found mine at the Salvation Army store)
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This was a really simple DIY. I started with some shamrock stickers and an oil-based gold paint pen I found at the craft store.
And I picked up the mugs at the Salvation Army.
Then I just started to make some dots around the shamrock. Close together at first …
… and spreading them out as I went along.
I made a green one too.
And when I removed the stickers, voila!
I heard rumors that I can set the paint – and make the mugs dishwasher durable — by letting them first dry for 24 hours and then putting them in the oven for 30-40 minutes.
But I haven’t tried that out yet.
Besides, I still have plenty of time before I’ll be enjoying my Irish coffee on St. Pat’s Day.
Big green hat and green foam finger optional.
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Ah I do miss seeing the river turn green! Your mugs are cute and I’m curious about making them dishwasher safe. I hadn’t heard about letting them dry 24 hours first. Please post an update after you test it. (The dishwasher thing….not the Irish coffee thing! LOL!)
I’ve done a few of the mug/coffee cup Sharpie projects. Handwashing is best….the ink will eventually wear off if you put them in the dishwasher.
Thanks for the tip Nancy! Handwashing it is!
Jackie Gomez says
Do you seal them with anything? Does the sharpie not come off when hand washed?
I used paint pens, not just regular Sharpies. And you can set/seal them by letting them dry for 24 hours and then baking them in the oven for 30 minutes or so at 350. Put them in the cold oven and then turn on. Bake for 30 minutes. Turn off oven and let them cool in the oven.
Very cute! I might do this to some beer glasses. Because I will never be too old for a pub crawl. Maybe.
Great idea! I would be interested to know if the dishwasher safe method works. I do love me a good Irish coffee or two…they are great as weekend warmer-uppers in the Midwest! 😉
Linda, you’re the best dot maker out there. You should start a business…”for all your dot making needs”…
LOL! And Mike and I tease that when I’m old (okay, older) he’s going to nickname me Dot! 🙂
Merri Jo says
laura@top this top that says
I think you should take your Irish coffee mugs with you to the bars!
I think you have a good point! 🙂
OMG, so cute! I love the shamrocks and it would be so cute to do with other shapes/stickers as well.
When I was in junior high or so I had this obsession with dots too. I took paint (perhaps it was nail polish) and put it on my telephone (one of those beige slim ones – don’t recall the actual name for it – they could sit on a flat surface or be mounted to the wall and the buttons were in the handset). Also added dots to folders and whatever else I was in the mood to jazz up. 🙂 So I really like this grown up version.
Debbie Westbrooks says
Love these Linda! Sorry about the problems with the #inspirationmonday party linking! Thanks for sharing!