So birthday season upon us and I’m always on the lookout for new and creative ideas suitable for kids, especially as I was planning my daughter’s birthday party. I had seen, a while back, an article about ceramic sharpie markers that could be used on an everyday lamp, plate, cup, etc. that would spice up an otherwise ordinary piece into something more unique or extraordinary. In doing a little research, I learned that you could use these markers, bake said piece in an oven, and they would become a permanent part of the ceramic piece in question. Wouldn’t this be a perfect craft for kids?
Obviously I had to test it out. I started by purchasing a small box of these enamel sharpie markers:
I found these to work really nicely. If you didn’t push the tip in while you were drawing, the paint flowed smoothly and fairly evenly across the surface. I would probably get a finer tip in the future for my own use, but for kids I think this is the perfect size. Next, I took an Ikea mug that I had no particular affinity to and started doodling. This was the result:
Once I finished doodling, I set the design by baking it in the oven set at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. This was actually really fun and when my daughter saw what I had drawn, we ended up having a little craft party where she and daddy also got to decorate mugs. So, now we all have our own personalized mugs and we found the perfect activity for seven little girls. Win all around!