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DIY TEACUP

31 July 2013

Upon entering the magical kingdom, The Lavish Girl stumbled upon a little white box lovingly tied with a silk ribbon: she opened it, and found in it a very small teacup, on which the words "DRINK ME" were beautifully marked in forest berries. "Well, I'll drink it," said The Lavish Girl, "and I know something delightful is sure to happen!"

IN TODAY'S venture in The Land of Lavish, I am pleased to share a charming DIY “Drink Me” Teacup inspired by the adventures of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. A beautifully crafted teacup makes a perfect gift for the eternal dreamer and adds a dash of magic - igniting memories of childhood fairytales.  



So add a little loveliness to your teatime and get crafty with this DIY Darling project. 

You will need:
  • Dainty Teacup
  • Porcelain Marker (I used the Pebeo Porcelain 150 Marker in Anthracite Black)
  • Whiteboard Marker
  • Your Favourite Tea!




What to do:
  1. Practice your antique script abilities: Sketch “DRINK ME” with a whiteboard marker onto your teacup. This way, you can practice your penmanship on the teacup’s surface before the design becomes permanent.
  2. Porcelain marker preparation: After you are happy with your antique script abilities, now it’s time to use your porcelain marker. Before use, shake well and press the tip repeatedly to start ink flow (I did this on a piece of plastic). 
  3. Charmingly mark your teacup: Carefully write “DRINK ME” onto the surface of your teacup. You can make the text bolder by tracing outside your initial text markings (see Note).  
  4. Drying the ink: Dry your teacup for a minimum of 24 hours. 
  5. Baking for longevity: Place your decorated teacup in a cold oven. When the temperature of the oven has reached 150°C (300°F), bake for 35 minutes to make it dishwasher safe.
  6. Teatime: Now that you have created your oh so pretty fairytale teacup, dare to drink it, and, who knows, you might find yourself frolicking in an enchanted garden. 
Note: When making the script bolder, I advise not to write over your initial text but alongside it as it can smudge and damage your creation.




I have also created a little video tutorial and if you decide to make your very own fairytale teacup #DIYDarling on Twitter and Instagram.

...so The Lavish Girl ventured to taste it (it had, in fact, a flavour of strawberry shortcake and whipped cream), and soon finds herself surrounded by fairy-like creatures of the enchanted forest. 


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