Easy Valentine’s Gift: Chalkboard Painted Mugs

I was trying to think of an easy Valentine’s gift for my kids’ teachers when I came across these white and red coffee mugs at Target for $1.99 each. Remembering I had about a pint of chalkboard paint in my storage room I thought these, filled with candy, would make a cute and simple gift. Cassie at Hi Sugarplum did something similar as well. Be sure to check her’s out. I love how she wrapped it all up and included a piece of chalk with her’s.

I used a black Sharpie to freehand a heart onto the mug. Don’t worry if your heart is a little wonky (like mine), you’ll be filling it in with chalkboard paint.

Next, I used a thin paint brush to brush on a thin layer of chalkboard paint. If the paint looks a little watery and thin at first, don’t worry. Let it dry and apply a few more thin coats to even it out.

If your paint strays out of line, just make the outline of your heart bigger. There are no rules. Perfection is not the goal.

When your paint is dry, use a piece of chalk or a chalk pen (which is what I used and highly recommend) to write a message. I chose to fill our mugs with Dove chocolates but you could use Hersey Kisses, tea packets,  hot cocoa, whatever.


We’ll be working on a few more Valentine’s Day projects over the weekend so check back next week. I’m trying my best to work in some conversation hearts into a project. I love those things – but not for how they taste; they’re just so darn cute!

Have any Valentine’s Day projects up your sleeve?

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8 Responses to Easy Valentine’s Gift: Chalkboard Painted Mugs
  1. Beverly King
    February 3, 2012 |

    Take a plastic spoon and dip it in chocolate and let it dry. Place two kisses on the spoon and wrap plastic wrap around the end of the spoon to cover the chocolate and hold the kisses. Tie the plastic wrap with a pink or red ribbon. Make a card that reads: A spoonful of love and a couple of kisses, Brings the best of Crystal’s Valentine wishes. Punch a hole in the card and tie it on the end of the ribbon on the spoon.

  2. Tonya
    February 3, 2012 |

    what a creative idea! very unique!

  3. Angela
    February 4, 2012 |

    These turned out great!! I may have to do this for the daycare teachers!! Can’t wait to see what you do with conversation hearts. I have a few in a vase right now that I can re-purpose.

  4. Veronica
    February 4, 2012 |

    They are super cute! Visiting from Serenity Now, I am going to Pin them!!

  5. Erika
    November 9, 2012 |

    So darn cute! Great idea!

  6. Patty Blair
    December 19, 2012 |

    Love this idea, just curious is it safe to microwave? I have t found my answer to this question before I start the project. Thanks!

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