Materials and tools
- Hand-Printed Fika Mugs template
- Plain white paper
- Masking tape or painter’s tape
- Plain white porcelain mugs
- Fine-tipped Pebeo Porcelaine 150 China paint pen in Anthracite black
How to make your own hand-printed fika mugs
- Use a pencil to trace the backward designs from the mug template onto a sheet of paper. Trace one set of designs for each mug you want to make, leaving several inches of blank space between sets. Use the scissors to cut out each set. There’s no need to be detailed; just cut a rectangle around each word and flower combination. You can use the same design on each mug, or mix and match the flowers and text to create a whole set of unique dishes.
- Tape one design set onto a mug so that the design is positioned where you want it, with the pencil-covered side touching the mug. Pressing firmly, colour over the paper with a pencil. There’s no need to be neat here; just scribble over it. is will lightly transfer the design onto the mug. Remove the paper and discard it. Repeat with the remaining designs and mugs.
- Using the paint pen, carefully trace over the designs on the mugs. Be sure to go from left to right on each mug so that you don’t smear wet paint. Let the finished mugs dry for 24 hours.
- Put the dry mugs in the oven, then preheat the oven to300 degrees F. Once the oven is up to temperature, bake the mugs for 35 minutes. Turn off the oven and allow the mugs to cool in the oven as the oven cools. It is imperative that you put the mugs in the oven before turning it on, and that you leave them in the oven until it has cooled off completely. Putting the mugs in a hot oven or pulling them out before they have cooled could result in broken mugs. Let the mugs cool completely before using.
- After baking, your Fika mugs should be dishwasher safe, but gentle handwashing is always a good alternative.
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*(c)2016 By Melissa Bahen. All rights reserved. Excerpted from Scandinavian Gatherings; From Afternoon Fika to Midsummer Feast 70 SIMPLE RECIPES & CRAFTS FOR EVERYDAY CELEBRATIONS
: 70 Simple Recipes and Crafts for Everyday Celebrations by permission of Sasquatch Books.