"I didn't choose the mug life.. the mug life chose me!" - Cute DIY instructions for making and decorating mugs using Sharpies! Great for #winter and #hotcocoa! #diy http;//danidearest.wordpress.com/The Resident Advisers (RA’s) at my university are really involved, and I love that. Last week one of them planned an event called “Mug Life: I didn’t choose the mug life, the mug life chose me” and I adored it.

Even though it isn’t cold enough here in Southern California for us to stop wearing shorts, let alone think about drinking hot cocoa and wearing long sleeved sweaters, this activity really helped to put me in the autumn spirit. I love to create things, even though I am not artistic at all, so this activity was right up my ally.

Our RA provided blank mugs that he got from the $1 store, and tons of sharpies and we got to work.

 

Mug Making

"I didn't choose the mug life.. the mug life chose me!" - Cute DIY instructions for making and decorating mugs using Sharpies! Great for #winter and #hotcocoa! #diy http;//danidearest.wordpress.com/Needed:

  1. A blank mug.
  2. Sharpies. (preferably oil-based, not water based.)
  3. A quote or drawing in mind.
  4. An oven (preheat to 350 degrees)
  5. Time: 20 minutes to bake + drawing time + cooling time = about 1 hour.

Steps:

  1. Time to break out that Pinterest board full of your favorite inspirational quotes that you’ve had saved for a long time for no reason! Pick a quote, or a drawing, or some sort of design and know what you want to put on the mug.
  2. Take those sharpies and get to work!
  3. Bake the mug in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
  4. Let cool completely (warning: will be very hot!)
  5. Make some hot cocoa or tea or coffee or even just some nice milk: and enjoy! (Check out which hot cocoa I recommend below!)

On my mug I put a quote, it says: “Plant your own garden, and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.” Honestly, I don’t know for sure who said it, but it’s been one of my favorite quotes for a very long time. It tends to remind me that I don’t need anyone else to make me feel good, I can do this on my own.

"I didn't choose the mug life.. the mug life chose me!" - Cute DIY instructions for making and decorating mugs using Sharpies! Great for #winter and #hotcocoa! #diy http;//danidearest.wordpress.com/

"I didn't choose the mug life.. the mug life chose me!" - Cute DIY instructions for making and decorating mugs using Sharpies! Great for #winter and #hotcocoa! #diy http;//danidearest.wordpress.com/Hot Cocoa

Today was the first day that I woke up, checked the weather, and actually thought “I should put on jeans and a long sleeved shirt so I’m not cold” and it took me aback. Cold weather? In Southern California? Unheard of! I was excited.

I decided that to celebrate, I should break out some hot cocoa and drink it out of the mug that I just made!

"I didn't choose the mug life.. the mug life chose me!" - Cute DIY instructions for making and decorating mugs using Sharpies! Great for #winter and #hotcocoa! #diy http;//danidearest.wordpress.com/I was given this packet of Swiss Miss Simply Cocoa to review, and I figured this was the perfect time to try it out. The packet said that it must be made with hot milk, but unfortunately being a broke college student I had no milk on hand. So I must admit, I went against the directions and used water instead (whoops, sorry!) but it still tasted delicious!

"I didn't choose the mug life.. the mug life chose me!" - Cute DIY instructions for making and decorating mugs using Sharpies! Great for #winter and #hotcocoa! #diy http;//danidearest.wordpress.com/I filled it up with water that I heated in my microwave for about a minute, and stirred the cocoa in. It was exactly what I needed for that early cold morning pick me up without having to walk to Starbucks!

 

Note: I received this packet of Swiss Miss Simply Cocoa courtesy of Influenster to review. All content and opinions are 100% my own.

 

 

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5 thoughts on “I Didn’t Choose the Mug Life…

  • November 12, 2014 at 12:00 pm
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    Ooh this is a super easy yet super cute diy! I have to try it soon!

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  • November 12, 2014 at 1:06 pm
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    I love that you can personalise them to you, so much! I tried this once but the pen rubbed off after the baking, maybe it’s time for a do-over and try again!

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  • January 25, 2015 at 4:40 pm
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    Hey Dani,

    This is a super cool program that your RA did. If I read correctly you have a guy for your RA…mee too. I have always wanted to try this and will have to super soon. I have a mug collection. Now I just have to pick a quote. I recently found you blog and I think is is amazing.

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