Moving Away Gift Idea

A friend of mine recently moved to London and I was having the hardest time thinking of what to get her.  I saw these mugs on Etsy and thought to myself -  "I can def. make that" - and so I did!

What you'll need:

  • 2 plain color mugs - white is preferable but I couldn't find white
  • Sharpies - Any colors that will show up on the mug
  • An oven
  • If you're not artistic, you'll also need google maps, a printer, tape and a pair of scissors


  • Google Map the 2 locations
  • Zoom in and out to find the right size that will fit on the mug and print
  • Cut around the border of the state
  • Roll up a piece of tape, place on the back of the state and stick the paper to the mug
  • Using a sharpie, trace the outline of the state and then remove the paper and the tape
  • Decorate the rest of the mug however you like
  • Bake at 250 for about 30 min.
  • Let it cool all the way and then touch the marker lightly.  If it rubs off, put the mug back in the oven for a little while longer. If it sticks, it's good to go.

*Not dishwasher safe!

I guess technically I could have kept one mug and she could have taken the other but I figured better for her to take them both so that I have a set coffee mug for when I go and visit