If you want a fun, easy weekend project, grab a Sharpie and some white mugs, plates or other dinnerware. That's all you need to make your own completely custom dishes, whether it's just a mug with a doodle on the side or an intricately designed set of plates.
You can go crazy and just start drawing free-hand on the plates, write your name or favourite quote on the mugs, or you can take some time and make a stencil to fill in with black or multicoloured markers for more intricate designs. When you're finished, just pop the mugs or plates into the oven at 175C for about a half-hour to set the design.
It's that level of simplicity that makes this project so easy, and it's fun for kids and adults alike. Over at Cabin Connection, Lyndsey Gammage tested several different methods to get the longest-lasting, best-looking results. She found that oil-based Sharpie markers are ideal, along with an acrylic sealing spray (easily found at most hobby stores) to keep the design from fading over time.
Hit the link below to read more about her tests, or hit the Sweetest Occasion link to see how the mugs in the image above were made (and how to do great-looking custom plates using a stencil).
How to Bake Permanent/Sharpie Marker on Ceramic Coffee Mugs [CabinConnection] DIY Sharpie Dinnerware [The Sweetest Occasion]