Writable to-do list mug
June 2, 2009
Here’s a really clever gift idea for that “list-maker” in your life! Get rid of your paper to-do lists and jot down your tasks for the day with your cup of joe. We’ll show you how to create this easy notepad-like design and also show you some variations on this idea for other fun projects and gifts.
- You can use any style mug — here we have used our traditional 16 oz. Mug — and have painted the entire mug with three coats of yellow-color glaze (here it’s our “Light Straw” color) as a background.
- Give the background ample time to dry. To create the ruled blue lines, wrap narrow strips of masking tape around the mug to cover the background. Leave a small gap between each strip of masking tape. The number of strips used depends on the type of mug you’re using and the thickness of the masking tape.
- Using a paintbrush, paint three coats of “Blue Yonder” glaze in the gaps between the strips masking tape. The masking tape will give you the effect of a finely ruled line.
- While the blue glaze is drying, carefully remove each strip of masking tape. Take great care to ensure that the masking tape does not remove the yellow background underneath.
- Once the blue lines are fully dry, you can create the vertical red lines. To do this, use our “Salsa” colored paint pen. Take a ruler and carefully paint the vertical line with your paint pen against the ruler. Do this a second time directly to the left of the first vertical line for a double-line effect.
- Finally, grab a black paint pen to write “Things To Do” on the top line of the mug. Then label each line with a number.
- Voila! You now have a reusable and very cool to-do list mug!
Grab a dry-erase marker at your local crafts store to go with the mug and you have an instant gift that is unique and practical!
Variations on the idea
- Fill in the to-do list with your black paint pen to match hobbies/activities on your gift recipient’s list for a personal touch!
- Do the notepad “ruled-paper” effect as a gift for a teacher!
- In addition to the to-do list, try other “write-on” ideas on a mug: Draw a tic-tac-toe board on your mug in paint pen, or a hangman game. Then give the mug as a gift with a dry-erase pen and you have an instant interactive game-on-a-mug!