Challenge this, Pinterest!

Nov 2, 2011

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pinterest challenge banner from young house loveHello internet, do you know what time of year it is? Its time for the fall Pinterest Challenge. The official decree went out last week from Sherry and Katie, who also added Ana and Erin to their pinteresting posse this time ’round. A wee bit of a short notice for me as I’ve been absorbed in web-design-land working on the new & improved {yeah that’s right, its coming soon-ish}. But I’ll be damned it I wasn’t gonna get it together, and it felt great to make something with my hands again instead of type and scroll and copy and paste. So without further ado because I’m crazy busy, check out my quick and easy challenge {no really it took me about an hour}.

plasti dipped correll mugs for Pinterest challenge

I pinned those mugs up top from Poketo around four weeks ago according to pinterest. I love them, love love love. I do not love that they are $28.00. EACH! Crazy-ness. But what can ya do? They’re Japanese, its a fancy glaze, yada yada yada. Well I went all Queens up on some leftover Corelle mugs we had lying around and I think they look down right fantastic.

Ok, the HOW TO: portion. First let me say, this is soooooooo easy. Second, do this outside. Do as I say, not as I do. I was halfway through the dipping when I realized how strong this stuff was and when they said a well ventilated area they meant outside. Not next to a window with a fan on.

gather the dipping necessities

You. Will. Need.

  1. MUGS (I used a bunch of plain white Corelle mugs we had lying around, but head to IKEA or the thrift store & grab some up)
  2. PLASTI-DIP (at your local hardware store in the tool aisle, it’s technically a rubberized coating meant for tool handles)/li>
  3. DIPPING VESSLE (I used a couple trim-pan liners, but anything wide and deep enough for dipping that you’re willing to part with in the end will do)
  4. HANGING APPARATUS (Something to hang your mugs from while they’re drying. I used a pant hanger because I did a batch of eight and I could fan them out that way)

the key is slow and steady dripping

A few things worth mentioning… This stuff is pretty thick, and for our purposes thinner is better for a smooth finish, we’re not coating the mug for construction use after all. Even out of the can the red stuff was thicker than the blue. You want the consistency of a thick paint not gel stain, if that makes sense. The can has instructions on what to thin with, I didn’t thin the red stuff and I should have. Also, the directions say to dip one inch sections for five seconds and continue in and out. Hogwash, go ahead and dunk it in and out and be done with it in three seconds. Once I dipped and had let the excess drip off, I scraped around the bottom edge with a plastic knife for a flat bottom surface edge and hung up to finish drying. I thought I might be able to control the ombre-ness with layers but no dice, this stuff is completely opaque. Also you could tape off a straight section and make nice clean lines more like the original, but I went for a wavy “dip as you may” edge. Its organic?

coffee is tastier dipped

And there you have it. Easy in, easy out. Added bonus to using this rubber stuff instead of paint or something? It’s an insulator!!!! So you can hold your piping hot beverage with both hands for maximum grippage without scalding your fingers off. It’s like a classy rubber coozie. *I am unsure if this stuff is microwave &/or dishwasher safe, as I have neither of these luxury appliances. But if you try it and it’s not, well, wash it by hand like your grandma’s fine china, because it’s that fancy anyway.

Alright internet, its been real. And if you’re new here HUGS and welcome. Click around, stay awhile, bookmark-it, follow-it, find me on the twitter. Do what you do and we’ll chat soon!

P.S. They also make a custom dyable version of plasti-dip. I couldn’t find any in NYC on such short notice, but you can order it here.

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Robin @ Our Semi Organic Life November 2, 2011 at 10:15 am

very cool I love these!


Julia @ Chris loves Julia November 2, 2011 at 10:19 am

FANTASTIC!!! I am totally doing this for Christmas presents. Well done lady.


Allison @ House of Hepworths November 2, 2011 at 10:43 am

Love it. I’m going to pin this one and do it myself! Thanks!!!


Andrea B November 2, 2011 at 11:44 am

This is really neat! I assume they’d be good for slick surfaces. :)


Design Thoughts~Kim November 2, 2011 at 11:55 am

oooommmmggg!!! love!!!


Emily @ NewlyWife November 2, 2011 at 12:14 pm

How cool! The mugs turned out great. Happy Pinterest Challenge Day! :)


Justine November 2, 2011 at 12:30 pm

love these!! i’ve been wanting to plasti-dip but haven’t decided what to dip – now i might have to pick up some mugs! thanks for sharing.


Marci November 2, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I love these. So cute. Would be a cute gift idea.


Karen @sugarspicelivin November 2, 2011 at 12:50 pm

This is so cute. Totally love the idea of plasti-dip. Can’t wait to try it out some day- outside!!


B.Strave November 2, 2011 at 5:31 pm

OUTSIDE. I think I’m still missing brain cells. Surprised I was able to put words together. I must have built up a tolerance…

Jae November 2, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I’ve pinned pics of dipped furniture. These are so cool!


ayellowbicycle November 2, 2011 at 3:44 pm

these are so awesome!! I have two white ikea mugs and I think that’s what I’m going to do with them this weekend :)


Catharine @ Your Modern Couple November 2, 2011 at 3:49 pm

I love all things dipped! These turned out so cute! :)


B.Strave November 2, 2011 at 5:30 pm

dipping is the new painting!

The Embellished Nest November 2, 2011 at 11:15 pm

These are very cool!


Lisa November 2, 2011 at 11:50 pm

Okay, I totally like yours better than the original! So much so that I had to burst in here babbling to tell you!


B.Strave November 3, 2011 at 12:21 am

welcome, take your shoes off. stay awhile. have a cup ‘o tea?

Erin November 3, 2011 at 1:14 pm

these are great! i can’t wait to try it!


houseofearnest November 3, 2011 at 5:57 pm

VERY cool! I love it so much I’m going to do it! Was there a large color selection?

Thank you for linking up :)


B.Strave November 3, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Thanks lady! the pre-mixed colors are blue, red, yellow, and black. Depends on your hardware store really if they carry all or any of the color selections… the custom dye stuff would be the best option I think. ACE hardware is supposed to carry it, says the internet, but mine didn’t have any. You can also order it online.

tracy ashley November 6, 2011 at 4:39 pm

if you go to the manufacturer’s website, they have an option that you can mix your own colour, given the 5 or so colours they provide!!

katie November 3, 2011 at 6:54 pm

very cool. =)


thecurtiscasa November 6, 2011 at 12:20 am

OMG these are too cute!!! love love love them.


tracy ashley November 6, 2011 at 4:38 pm

I just contacted the company and asked about the whole dishwasher/microwave thing. I’ll post again if they respond!! I also noticed on the website that they have a new packaging option that allows you to mix your own colour! Can’t wait to do this!! Thanks for the awesome suggestion!


B.Strave November 6, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Look out everyone! Tracy is on this Jam!! :-D Here’s some links…. Sorry about my lazy blogging and poor linkage above about where to buy this stuff. Click here for a list of stores that carry plasti-dip and what kinds they carry. I would call ahead for color inquiry’s. My local Ace hardware only carried red, blue, and black. If you’re an online orderer here’s a link for Amazon, they’re selling the create your own color kit for 24 bucks it looks like. Happy dipping everyone!

Oh and the plasti-dip people contacted me and said they’d get back to me tomorrow about the microwave and dishwashing safety…. you think someone somewhere is testing that out for us internet? Hugs!


Plasti Dip Customer Service November 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Thank you so much for including our product in your Pinterest Challenge! To answer your question, Plasti Dipped items are not dishwasher or microwave safe so please handwash only. Happy Pinning and Happy Dipping!


Hardly Housewives November 7, 2011 at 9:38 pm

SO cool! Thanks for sharing!


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Beckie October 30, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Thanks for the love! I’ve replied via email, thanks for stopping by!!

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