I have discovered one of the greatest personalized gift and craft ideas that kids of all ages can make! I chose to title the craft "Sharpie Ceramics" because the process works for any object made of ceramic material. If you're looking for a simple and personal gift idea that will brighten anyone's day, Sharpie Ceramics are a great option.
Katie from Who Needs a Cape tells us how to make these amazing works of art in her post titled, DIY Sharpie Ceramic Mugs and Cups. I must give credit where credit is due, so head on over to Katie's post to see the exact process of how to create a personalized ceramic piece! (Katie only mentions mugs/cups in her tutorial, but the directions apply to all things ceramic.) To give you an overall idea, all you need are oil based Sharpie markers (see photo of the ones we used below), a ceramic item to decorate, and a conventional oven.
This Sharpie Ceramics idea was right up my daughter's alley, and I just knew that friends and family would get a kick out of a colorful, scribbly mug as a Christmas gift. As it turns out, everyone who received a mug commented on how adorable it was and said that using it made their day a bit brighter. Also, the finished products are microwave and dishwasher safe, so no worries that the colors will rub off or fade.
I purchased 8 mugs as well as a ceramic cow creamer for a good friend who loves everything "cow." Altogether, I spent less than $20 on the ceramic items. Not too shabby! While shopping, I also took note of the endless options at the store- plates, vases, bowels, trivets, spoon rests, and decorative forks and spoons! I'm keeping those items in mind for gifts down the road.
Upon presenting my daughter with the markers and mugs/cow, she was thrilled that she was allowed to color on something other than paper. With her interest peaked and motivation high, she put a ton of effort into personalizing each piece with the colors she thought the recipient would like most. She finished all 9 pieces over a week's time.
Upon baking the mugs, the vibrant neon marker scribbles turned a bit dull from the heat. We were a little disappointed, but the pieces still turned out looking nice. I'd like to try using primary colored Sharpies next time to see how they turn out. We will definitely be making these again in the future!