Coffee Cup Craft {10 minute craft!}

So, here’s the thing.

I’m not really a coffee person

That is, unless it has a lot of sugar, flavored creamer and whip cream. Basically enough calories to count as my whole breakfast. Not to say I don’t like it, but I like it a specific way, and making a whole pot of coffee just for that is kind of well– stupid. However, my parents both drink coffee 24/7 and are over A LOT so when Staples said “Hey, want to test out our online store?” I said sure– assuming I’d get something like– oh a printer, or sharpies… no one can have too many sharpies.

Imagine my surprise when they Keurigs! What what? (Among a ton of other things, furniture, craft stuff, cameras, and yes sharpies) Let’s just see how fast this shipping really is..

I think I blinked and it was here.

So obviously I had to try it out.


And obviously I had to make a little coffee station next to it.


Okay, enough. I know. ;)

But I used our little white tray and a vase for all my K Cups (also sold at Staples for an awesome price) two ball jars for iced coffee (with Lids! Eeek!) Colorful straws, naturally. And sugar in the cutest dispenser ever.



But what really steals the show, is this guy. I tried a little Pinterest project on a white coffee cup I had.


It might be the easiest project ever.. Here’s the directions.


1.) Get cup

2.) Draw on cup with a Sharpie

3.) Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 Minutes.

Now, you see.. I’m a rebel and baked it twice and let it cool completely in the oven the second time, so it was hot for a long time. But I’ve heard different reviews on the staying power so I figured a little experiment wouldn’t hurt. Once it was completely cool I tried to wipe it with a wet rag and it stayed, so we’ll see how long it actually stays for, but I plan on hand washing it carefully and if I have to touch it up a bit so be it, it was a free project and it makes me smile. Oh! I also wouldn’t recommend drawing super close to the lip of the cup, nobody wants ink in their mouth, mines cutting it pretty close but since I hold everything with my right hand, I drink from the other side–safety first!

You could do any design you like! Pinterest has thousands of ideas!

I went with my first initial and a “fancy” frame. It’s fun enough that all the imperfections make it look whimsical rather than.. “Oh.. did your 4 year old make that?” I’m kind of obsessed with it.


 Once this lovely gets a few more washes I’ll let you know how it’s holding up! Until then– what are you crafting? Buying? Coffee makers? Sharpies? Staples probably has it.

*Please note, I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a product for review purposes. The opinions and all around general craftiness are completely my own based on my experience. No coffee mugs were harmed in the making of this post, however I can’t say the same thing for the K Cups that were devoured without mercy*

DIY Lifestyle Magazine

I’ve got something kind of exciting.. (Okay, really exciting for this chick!) To share with you today :)

I was asked a few weeks ago if I would like to share a project in a new up and coming DIY mag made especially for IPads! Fun! They asked if I would share our DIY key holder and share I did! I wont lie, it was pretty cool seeing my picture up there.


Have an iPad and looking for some DIY inspiration? Check out the February issue of the “DIY Lifestyle” Magazine, for free! Many DIY projects contributed by talented bloggers (still pumped mine was included– they wanted a lil ol’ blogger like me?! haha) For your free trial download the magazine here: then click on subscribe and then current subscribers, enter in “1monthdiy” to get the current issue for free; and do it soon because the coupon is only valid until February 28th. Enjoy!

Summer To Do List

 So, everyone has these pretty Summer to-do lists nowadays, I know this. And we even have a handy dandy “summer in a jar” that we use for surprise ideas on what we’re going to do for the day. But I was kind of itching to make a big list. I had something pretty in my head and I figured, well we’ll use the jar on special days and have the list to check things off. Perfect

So I dragged out a collage frame we had in storage (We took all the personal photos down when we put our house on the market and I’ve been too lazy to get them all back out. Such a bum.) And used a bunch of 50% off sheets of scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby. Then I cut them in random sizes of strips. I love me some random, takes the pressure off of being perfect all the time. ;)

From the back I taped the papers together so that they would lay nicely and then taped around the sides so it’s not flapping all over the place when you go to turn it over and you cuss at it a few times. Not that I did of course, just watching out for you. ;)

 Seriously, try and take a picture of glass without a reflection. Torture.

 Like my pretty song I wrote for Mr. Fingerprints? Someone practiced her spelling by copying it. I die.

Now it looked pretty enough like this. It really did, but I wanted some kind of title on it and for the life of me couldn’t figure out how to do it on picnik without it looking like crap. So I searched the free printables from TipJunkie and found this beaut, from The Rubber Punkin. So cute! Printed that sucker out and trimmed it to fit nicely and backed it with some more scrap paper.

Gosh I love this thing. It’s so bright and colorful and out of my comfort zone of whites and neutrals. Ha! The hard part is making sure the girls don’t wipe it off every 5 minutes. Since it is within reach and everything, and I know it’s so tempting. ;)


Have you seen my other favorite Summer lists?



How about you? Have you made a summer list lately? Leave it in the comments so we can come see!

The Lettered Cottage