Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Children’s Artwork Mug Gift

Hand print mug

Two years ago I came up with the idea to use artwork that my boys made to have printed on mugs for my Dad for Christmas. My little guy was only 3 at the time and was not drawing at the time. So I took an 8.5” x 11” white paper and put his hands in paint to make hand prints all over the paper. I then scanned in the image and put a title, his name and the date he made the artwork. I then went to Walgreens.com and ordered the mug to be made and shipped directly to my Dad.

Hand print mug view 2

It is like holding their hand every time they have coffee or tea.

childs drawing view 1

This was the mug I had made out of my 5 years olds drawing. It is a little harder to get him to do an art project on the spot. He more or less has to be inspired before he starts drawing. He draws all the time and back then was never with out a pen and paper. It was like therapy for him. It soothed him. Still does. When I scanned in his artwork, I labeled all the different parts of the drawing. It is quite plain to see what he has drawn, although he did inform me that I got one of them wrong when he saw the mug. LOL

childs drawing view 2 There are many companies out there that will do this kind of thing. Some are better than others. You also have to pay attention to where they place the design. Last year I ordered a picture mug from a different company and they always put the picture opposite the handle. Which means you don’t see the picture if you are holding it by the handle. Another thing the images may not last as long when washed over and over in the dishwasher or if kept in direct sunlight. Although, my parents use these mugs just about every day and wash them in the dishwasher. Just be sure to pay attention to product details about how to store and wash them. My Dad was kind enough to take these pictures of his mugs for me so that I could share it with all of you. Thanks Dad!!

He LOVED these mugs and had to be convinced to use them. My parents use them all the time. They just hand wash them instead of putting them in the dishwasher. Although, I believe they have gone in the dish washer from time to time. I am glad to see that they have held up well.

This year the school is doing a fund raiser where they are having the kids make artwork for just this purpose. I can order any number of products with the artwork my boys have created. So personal and fabulous and a great way to keepsake your child’s art.


Today's Thankful

I am thankful for my handsome loving husband. He works so hard for us. He has given me two beautiful boys and the ability to stay home with them. He is a great father and fantastic husband. Further more he does not complain about our little menagerie of pets or the fact that my boys are always asking for more pets. We just laugh and tell the boys we have enough...for now. He just smiles as we coo over animals that aren't ours.


Heartfelt and Handmade Holidays


Angela Maggard said...

oh my goodness!!! those are so cute!!!! and, i'm filing that idea away for a future fundraiser at our school... ;)

amy @ Life in Pink Hi-Tops said...

Those are darling! My kids are never without paper and marker or pencil! I transfered some of their drawings to cotton and they are "embroidering" their designs. Even my 5 year old!

Katie Clifford said...

What a great idea! I think you just solved my Christmas gift problem for the Grandparents! Thanks so much for sharing!

Crafty Mom said...

I love the artwork mug idea. My daughter is constantly crating (Gee, I wonder where she gets that from?) and I have SO much artwork that she has made. I'm going to be reusing it/altering it in my gift-giving this holiday and this is one more idea to add to my list. Thanks for sharing!

Angela said...

Thank you so much for the message today with the link! I wrote it down and am taking it to my daughter's school tomorrow! :) I love this site!!! Oh, and I have an idea for a homemade craft that you might like... do you have a suggestion box? lol!! I'm actually sure you all don't need any because you always have fabulous ones here!

RootsAndWingsCo said...

Thanks guys for the nice comments! These really are cute!!

Angela, we don't have a suggestion box, but you could always email us anytime;)


Anonymous said...

Very cute idea! I did something similar and scanned in my niece's artwork (she's 2) of dots and shrunk it down to 25%. I then glued it to the back of a glass tile-well part of it and then cut around it. I am making a necklace for my sister of Karlee's first artwork!