When I embarked on the whole homemade Christmas plan last year, the one person I was really worried about making something for was my brother.
I find him hard enough to buy for every single birthday and Christmas as it is. With all of the products available to buy in all of the shops that exist in all of London all of the time, I still struggle to find a present to buy him when the gift-giving seasons roll round.
So how on earth was I going to choose what to make for him, when my options suddenly became limited to something I was actually capable of producing?
I read through hundreds of lists on craft blogs outlining the top homemade presents for men, I scoured Pinterest, I made my eyes square checking endless pages of Google listings and couldn’t come up with a single thing that might appeal to him.
And then, I came across this homemade moustache mug on The Tortoise and the Hare blog. Bingo!
I really dig this mug. It’s funny and oh, as Grazia would say, totally OTM, dahlings (that’s “of the moment” for those who don’t devour women’s weeklies with quite the zest I have for reading celeb gossip and looking at expensive clothes on super-skinny people who haven’t had babies. Unless they’re Miranda Kerr, of course, who has had a baby and is yet still unbelievably skinny. And frequently featured in Grazia).
But, back to the moustache mugs. This was the perfect present for my brother and, even better, looked really easy to make. It didn’t take much brainpower on my part to decide to take it to the next level and create a whole set.
Here’s what I did.
Not much needed for this at all:
- Mugs, bought from my local pound shop for £1.25 each. (Is that misleading advertising that they didn’t come in at under a quid???)
- Porcelain painter pen. (I bought mine from eBay for £2.75 plus postage costs.)
What to do:
- Find some moustache images you like the look of on Google images, or if you’re a bit more arty than I am, just imagine some in your head.
- Either print out the image, or draw your own moustache ideas onto paper
- Cut them out and position them on the mugs with a small bit of blu-tack
- Check you’re happy with the position (you probably want to hold the mug up to your face at this point, to make sure you’ve got the maximum amusement factor when drinking)
- Draw round the templates in pencil (this will show up faintly on the mug, but is easily erased if you want to make changes)
- Use the porcelain pen to draw the pencil outline and then colour in the inside
- Leave it to dry and then repeat as many times as needed to get a good thick colour. (I did mine three times each.)
I also filled each mug in the set with smaller presents.
Two had little toy shop toys (he’s 30 next June, but still loved the racing bug, some exploding caps and a balloon car), one had some bergamot and coconut skin salve that I made following this tutorial, packaged as “Manly skin barrier cream,” and one had a T-shirt printed with a motorbike design (I followed my own tutorial for transferring prints to fabric).
Perfect! A quick, easy and amusing present, that you can customize in hundreds of different ways.
So tell me, what moustaches would you use on your mugs? And what other presents would you fill them with?
I’m thinking this could work well for Valentine’s Day too, with the mugs filled with love hearts, or Herschey’s kisses, or the fabulous Italian equivalent, Baci…
Do post a comment if you’ve been inspired and let me know what you made.
- Take a look at my tutorial for homemade paperweights for another great present for men
This post is linked up from the following link parties. Do go and check out what others have been up to this week! Easy Living Mom, Katie’s Nesting Spot, Glued to my Crafts, Skip to my Lou, Project Inspire, The Shabby Nest.