Not to be confused with the Christmas Nativity.
So I definitely almost posted this 4 days before Christmas.
Thus potentially ruining the surprise for no less than 6 people.
Yes, it's not really that thrilling of a gift.
Have the fun is in the surprise.
In an effort to save money while at the same time giving a heartfelt, useful, handmade gift, we opted for the Coffee Mug and Homemade Cocoa Mix gift package.
I found this amazing Sharpie Pen at our local JoAnn Fabrics that is closing.
It was on sale for $2.33 and it was TOTALLY worth every penny.
My original plan was to use some sort of paint to decorate the plain white mugs.
(Mugs found at various craft stores and my favorite Dollar Tree.)
However, coming across these pens changed my mind instantly.
If you, like me, have no skill with a paint brush, you must invest in one of these pens.
The paint dries almost instantly, too.
(aka: no paint all over myself.)
I used a Letter Writing Guide book from my mom to help with the fonts.
I penciled on the words and simply wrote over it with my handy dandy Sharpie pen.
*extra information I would rather not supply but feel I must as I don't want you to try this and be totally disappointed in me.
We found that after even one gentle handwashing, the paint started chipping.
We tried to coat it in clear nail polish.
NOT a good idea.
The paint came off almost entirely with that idea.
If you have a way to permanently set the paint, please inform me.
But in any case, it's still a pretty pen or toothbrush holder, right?!