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The Crafty Gator: DIY Coffee Mugs

Since the holidays are quickly approaching, I’m sure you are starting to wonder what you should get your friends for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or whatever you holiday you celebrate! Instead of burning a hole in your pocket and spending all of that money you don’t have, why don’t you just make them a super cute, thoughtful gift that will make them think of you whenever they use it? Disclaimer: This gift only works for friends who live in a separate state!


First, pick up two coffee mugs from the Dollar Store (I did say it was cheap!). You can use any shape mug that you wish, but I chose a flatter, more square-shaped one because it is easier to draw on. Next, print out the two different shaped states in a similar size on regular paper. You may have to try this a few times to make sure the state is the right size for the mug. Also, make sure to choose a simpler version of the state because Florida can get quite complicated. For example, don’t try to outline all of the Florida Keys.

Once you get that all situated, cut out the state with your scissors, and tape it on to the mug. Trace the shape with your pencil. Remove the tape and piece of paper. Outline the pencil marks with Sharpie if you are happy with the look of the state. Repeat with the other state on the opposite side.

Next, draw a heart or dot on the approximate location of the cities you and your friend live in. Then, you can draw cute dashes in a bumblebee-like pattern to connect your cities. Finally, you must bake the mugs in the oven to make sure the sharpie won’t wash off. I baked both of mine at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. Put some cute holiday Hershey Kisses inside, and tie some ribbon around it for the perfect gift!

Happy crafting, and have a wonderful holiday!

The Crafty Gator

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