DIY Chalkboard Mugs for Valentine’s Day

Can you believe Valentine’s Day is coming up in nearly three weeks? Time has flown by so quickly this month and we have been busy here at iLoveSexy to come up with as many cute and creative Valentine’s Day DIY tutorials as we can. This week’s DIY tutorial is definitely going to be a fun one, as we will be working with something most of you probably have never heard of–chalkboard paint! Now chalkboard paint is pretty much what it sounds like. In contrast to regular paint, you can write on top of chalkboard paint with chalk. Cue the nostalgia, as we transport you back in time to your elementary school days of learning lessons off of a chalkboard. Sounds fun, doesn’t it? And your friends, family and loved ones will have even more fun doodling onto these DIY chalkboard mugs, which we will be teaching you how to create this week. These homemade mugs make adorable and quirky gifts and with a little coffee or hot chocolate, will be sure to warm the body and the heart. If you’re looking for something heartwarming and comforting this Valentine’s Day, then enjoying these DIY chalkboard mugs with your loved ones should be on the top of your list. And to accompany your homemade gift with any additional surprises, check out our website for many more options. Now let’s get started on our DIY project!

DIY Chalkboard Mugs - What you will need

 

What you will need:

Plain mugs
Chalkboard paint
Small foam brushes
Chalk
Black marker

 

DIY Chalkboard Mugs - Step 1

1. Use the black marker to draw an outline of your design onto your mugs. Do  not worry about making this too neat, since you will be able to paint over it.

DIY Chalkboard Mugs - Step 2

2. Paint a layer of chalkboard paint within your design. Try to make the paint strokes as even as possible. You will need about two layers of chalkboard paint to make your design opaque. If you make any mistakes, you may touch it up easily with a small amount of rubbing alcohol and a Q-tip.

DIY Chalkboard Mugs - Step 3

3. Let your mugs dry for several hours. This is how your mugs should look like afterwards. To seal in the chalkboard paint and make it dishwasher safe, place your mugs in the oven at 300 degrees for 30 minutes and bake them.

 

DIY Chalkboard Mugs - Step 4

4. After your mugs have baked and cooled completely, take a piece of chalk and rub a thin layer all over the design.

 

DIY Chalkboard Mugs - Step 5

5. This is how it should look after you have chalked it.

 

DIY Chalkboard Mugs - Step 6

6. Dampen a piece of paper towel and rub the chalk off.

 

DIY Chalkboard Mugs - Finished 1

And now the DIY chalkboard mugs are ready to be written on. We thought it would be a cute idea to make our his-and-her mugs, which would make a charming pair of gifts together. But you can also give these mugs out individually to friends and loved ones. These mugs are definitely delightful enough to replace any old cup one would use for their morning cup of coffee or tea.

 

DIY Chalkboard Mugs - Finished 2

But of course, since this tutorial is all about Valentine’s Day, we couldn’t resist filling up our mugs with piles of candy. A sweet and simple idea, you can’t go wrong with Valentine’s Day colored M&M’s, lollipops, Hershey’s kisses or even candy hearts. So fill up your DIY chalkboard mugs with whatever surprises you want and help get your loved ones’ started on a bright and cheerful morning. We hope you’ve had a fun and inspirational time reading this week’s DIY tutorial. As always, we tried to keep it easy, fun and unique and the upcoming Valentine’s Day is no exception for getting as creative with your gifts as possible. What did you think of these DIY chalkboard mugs? Is this something you would like to try out for yourself? What sort of designs would you make on your own mugs? If you decide to make these, please share them on Twitter or Instagram tag us at @ilovesexycom so that we can see your creations. We’re not finished with our Valentine’s Day series of DIY tutorials so come back again next week to see what other ideas we have in store for you!

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DIY Heart T-shirt for Valentine’s Day

We are one month away from Valentine’s Day but that doesn’t mean we aren’t getting started on the season of love a little early this year. At iLoveSexy Blog, we are all about the handmade arts and crafts, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. For special occasions even outside of Valentine’s Day, there’s nothing quite like a handmade gift that everyone can appreciate. Even something as simple as this week’s tutorial on our adorable DIY heart t-shirt can be stylish enough to rock on a casual day. A classic fashion staple, it almost seems as though every girl has her own heart t-shirt in her closet. These heart t-shirts can be found in most clothing retail stores and are loved for their simplicity and whimsicality. But did you know how easy it is to make your own? While there are many different ways to go about creating it, we decided to experiment this week with heat transfer papers, which can be found at most local craft stores. Heat transfer papers are great for designing your own shirts and allow you to customize it any way you like. And this tutorial is not just for t-shirts, as you can design almost any kind of article of clothing such as tank tops, sweatshirts, camisoles and even lingerie. If you have a friend or loved one who would appreciate this, then stick around and learn how to create your own in just a few easy steps!
 

 DIY Heart T-shirt - What you will need

 
 What you will need:

Heat transfer paper
A shirt or any article of clothing
Iron
Scissors
Scratch paper
Pen or pencil
 

DIY Heart T-shirt - Step 1

1. Trace a large heart stencil or a design of your choice onto a piece of scratch paper. Use scissors to cut it out neatly.

 

DIY Heart T-shirt - Step 2

2. Once you have cut out your stencils, decide on the placement of the stencils on your t-shirt.

 

DIY Heart T-shirt - Step 3

3. Place your stencil on top of the heat transfer paper and trace out your design.

 

DIY Heart T-shirt - Step 4

4. Once you have your design traced out, cut it out as neatly as possible with scissors.

 

DIY Heart T-shirt - Step 5

5. Lay your t-shirt on a flat surface with your designs laid out in place. Place a thin piece of cloth on top of the t-shirt. Make sure the cloth is not too thick, otherwise the iron will not be hot enough for the transfer paper to adhere to the t-shirt.

 

DIY Heart T-shirt - Step 6

6. Set your iron on a dry setting and press it on top of the heat transfer designs. Slowly move your iron for a couple of minutes around the designs and continue to press down. Make sure that the edges are secure. This may take several tries, depending on how hot your iron is.

 

DIY Heart T-shirt - Finished

Plain white t-shirts are a classic choice for when you want to go for a casual look, but a decorated DIY heart t-shirt adds a cute and feminine touch to it. The glitter heat transfer paper sparkles and shines against its simple backdrop, making it a cute choice for when you’re out and about. And you don’t only have to limit the designs to hearts as well. Our package of glitter heat transfer papers had several other colors included, and there are many ways you can design your shirt.

 

DIY Heart T-shirt - Finished2

As Valentine’s Day approaches, the heart t-shirts will quickly disappear off the shelves from your favorite clothing retail stores. However, you won’t have to worry about that if you make your own with our DIY tutorial. We love how this tutorial is a no-sew and we’re sure most of you know how to use an iron, so creating your own DIY heart t-shirt is very quick and easy to do. This takes less than half an hour to complete yet looks amazing when finished and is definitely something you can gift to a friend or loved one to show how much you mean to them. What are your thoughts on this week’s DIY tutorial? Are you in love with this DIY heart t-shirt as much as we are? What design would you create if you were to make your own? Please leave us some love in the form of any comments, questions or suggestions you might have. And come check us out next week to see what new gifts you can create for the upcoming love-filled holiday!

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