DIY Anthropologie Painted Mug

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Anthropologie Verdant Acres Mug

If I had an unlimited budget I would run to Anthropologie immediately. It is by far one of my favorite stores. I love how beautifully decorated and eclectic it is. I always feel like I am in a whimsical dreamy world for a moment whenever I step inside...and then my son starts having a melt down and I am instantly brought back to reality and usually have to leave ha!

I recently spotted the mug pictured above and loved how pretty and spring-y it was. I am NOT an artist by any means but the original mug looked like it was made using water colors ( I can hang with water colors) so I thought it would be fun and simple enough to try and recreate.

What you will need:
  • A plain white mug
  • A few porcelain paint colors. You actually only need a few since you can mix colors to make other colors...duh I didn't think of this until after I got home and started opening all of them up (Sharpie markers and regular paint will wash off in the dishwasher)
  • Two different sized paint brushes
Start painting on your creation. Make sure you wash your paint brushes in between each color. Once you are all finished let your mug dry for 24 hours and then bake in an oven for 35 minutes at 300 degrees. This sets the paint and will make it dishwasher safe.

My (new) mug. Even though it looks like a 3rd grader painted it, it has definitely made my morning cup of tea just a little bit more exciting. For those of you out there who are talented in the painting department you could really get creative and paint something completely unique on yours.

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36 comments:

Briana said...

So fun! I'd love to do a project like this. My last week of work before baby is next week... you may just have given me a few ideas to keep me busy while we wait for baby!

Thanks. :-)

Dr. G said...

Great idea! And so much more meaningful :) I love Anthropologie too, but I always get sticker shock when I step in there O_o Girl on a budget over here.

The Annessa Family said...

I think it looks great! A great idea for gifts too...you could add some chocolates or teas inside...love it!

Brooke
www.MarvelousLoveBlog.com

Anna @ IHOD said...

I had no idea there was porcelain paint! So excited about this!
:)

Kyla said...

This came out so cute! It reminds me of when I was little and my mom would take me to the pottery painting class ;)

Ladybug said...

Soo cute and very creative! It definitely does not look like a third grader made it!

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

What a fun creation! I love Anthro too!

Marina {Yummy Mummy) said...

I just made an Anthropologie shopping trip for home goodies. I should have just made my own - this is awesome!

Lindsay said...

I think it is super cute! What a happy little mug to wake up to each morning. :)

Simply LKJ said...

Love this idea Lindsay! I painted a set of wine glasses ages ago, so I think I'll give this a try.

The Hanson Family said...

Your mug turned out adorable. Good work :)

(I am new reader of your blog and have been enjoying it very much, especially as a mom with two little boys like you're about to be)

Ana Degenaar said...

You are a start! So beautiful.

jessica {creative index} said...

Yours came out great!! I love it!! :)

Alexa said...

Dude. Lindsay. There is no way a third grader painted that. It looks amazing!

Stephanie said...

That was so creative to do that! It is even more special than buying an Anthro one, it is unique unlike the one everyone buys at the store.

Creative Raisins said...

Very cool, I don't think mine would look so nice if I free hand painted. Good Job

Anna Elder said...

So cute! My art background began at a very young age, but I've always struggled with water colors. Where did you get the mug? I'm going to have to try this. :)

Rolled Up Pretty said...

What a CUTE idea! SO FUN! I want to do this :) Thanks for sharing! Also, I LOVE your blog, it seriously is SO cute! I can't wait to keep reading, NEWEST follower cute girl!

Hilliary@ Happily Ever Healthy said...

Your mug turned out beautiful! Such a great project!

Suzanne said...

Aww! Just found your blog today & I'm loving this mug! Good for you - figuring out how to bring some Anthro home without going b r o k e. :)

Thanks for the inspiration!

Felicia said...

Gorgeous friend! xo

theolivetree said...

darling! hope your felling well!!

Bee And San said...

Hey!! Check out this link of a hand painted mug!! it's very easy!!

http://witandwhistle.com/2011/10/17/diy-hand-painted-mug/

San
beesandsans.blogspot.com

rebecca said...

ok lady, yours looks a million times better.

Tabitha Mahoney said...

Oh my gosh I love this, but I can't paint. boo.

I want to do this!

Tab

sherri lynn said...

This turned out so well! I love the verdant acres dishes from Anthro... I've had my eye on their plates but can't justify the $$. You have some watercolor skills! :)

Cara said...

What a beautiful mug, I love how cheerful it would be in the mornings! I share your love/frustration of Anthropologie. They have so many gorgeous things at such high prices! I am going to give these paints a try.

Punctuation Mark said...

i love the final result... it does look like one from Anthro!

Jayne said...

I think your mug turned out great!

Chunny said...

Wow! This is cool. =)


http://sassychunny.blogspot.com/

Andrea @ Strawberry Chic said...

I love Anthropologie too! your mug turned out adorable!

Lindsay said...

YOU are so talented my dear! LOVE this!

Angela [Simply Simple Me] said...

Loving this!

Rebecca - A Daily Something said...

This is gorgeous, Lindsay!!! What a great idea - I need some porcelain paint!!!

Julia @ FaveCrafts said...

What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of ideas for decorated mug! Check it out here: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/decorated-mugs/

Have a great day!

Nita said...

Beautiful mug. Thank you for sharing your tutorial. I can't wait to try it!

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