Time Required :
About 30 minutes
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Beginner
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personalized gift: unicorn mug

Step 1
Project Note: This project is intended for kids ages 8 and older. 
 
Click here to download the unicorn template and re-size it, if necessary, to fit your mug. Then print and cut out the unicorn shape.   
Step 2
Clean your mug to remove any smudges or marks that might prevent paint from adhering to the mug. Mask off the top 1" of the mug with tape to keep the lip paint-free.  
Step 3
Use a few narrow strips of masking tape to secure the unicorn shape to your mug. With a washable marker in a light color, such as light pink, trace the unicorn shape. Be careful to avoid smudging the marker. Remove the paper template and set it aside.  
Step 4
With a black oil-based paint pen, trace over the marker outline made in Step 3. Add a few more lines along the mane, ear and chin to finish the unicorn’s outline. Use the template as a guide. 
Step 5
Use the yellow paint pen to color in the unicorn’s horn, and use a pink paint pen to fill in the inside of the unicorn’s ear. Use all paint pen colors to color in the unicorn’s mane, then add colorful shapes and lines all around the mug.  
Step 6
Let dry, then remove the masking tape around the mug’s lip. Don’t forget to sign your masterpiece on the mug’s bottom.
 
Tip: ADULT: To make your paint marker drawings permanent, place the finished mug into a cool oven. Turn the heat to 250°F and bake for two hours. Without opening the oven, turn the heat off and let the mug cool completely (at least two more hours). Remember that creating sudden changes in temperature (like opening a hot oven) can cause the mug to crack; it is important to allow the mug to heat up with the oven as well as cool down with the oven. Remove the mug, once the oven and mug are completely cool. For best results, wash with a soft sponge, rather than the dishwasher.  
 
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