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Arts & Crafts Ideas: Designing Dinnerware To Make a Declaration for Your Future

Updated on November 7, 2016
I am an abstract artist - so for this set, I opted to use words to express my vision.
I am an abstract artist - so for this set, I opted to use words to express my vision. | Source

What are your dreams for your future? What do you want to do with your life? What legacy do you want to leave for your family / community?

It is important that we all understand what we want out of life. For years, we have been told about the benefits of thinking positive thoughts. We have been told by many famous life coaches and motivational speakers that we should create vision boards, set goals, and know what we want out of life. We have combed through magazines, the internet, and Pinterest boards in hopes of finding pictures and quotes that demonstrate the future we want for our lives.

What if you could see your "vision" in front of you daily without a vision board in the house?

I know this is a wild idea, but bear with me! I recently took part in an exercise that I really enjoyed and want to share with each of you.

Vision Boards Without the Board!

That's right! I want to walk you through creating a vision board without a board!

I can safely assume that most of us eat and drink daily. Whether at work or home, in town or in the backyard, we all have to eat and drink at some point during the day! By creating our visions on dinnerware, we will have it in front of us every time we take a sip of our coffee or tea, each time we eat salad or a bowl of soup, and every time we dine with friends and family! What better way could there be to ensure your dreams are in front of you throughout the day?

The Dollar Tree Is Your Friend!

By going to your local Dollar Tree or $.99 store, you can pick up plain white ceramic mugs, bowls, and plates for less than the cost of Sharpies! The most expensive part of this craft is the package of Sharpies, but you can use them after the craft for other fun ideas found here on HubPages or throughout the internet! (See the sidebar for some great hubs involving Sharpies!)

Make It A Party!

Invite friends and family and have a Declaration Party! Each person can bring their own cups and plates, or you can provide them. The key is to have fun. This is a project you do with strangers at church, colleagues, or close friends and family. Everyone is bound to have fun.

Have Fun!

Have friends who don't draw (or perhaps you don't)? DON'T WORRY! You can write words that describe your vision. Not everyone is an artist, so remember the point is to have fun not to be perfect. Let your imagination run wild, enjoy yourself. and make stick figures or write words if you can't draw what you see in your mind! The point is to get it out on the dinnerware so you can see it in front of you!

My five-year-old daughter doesn't yet know how to write many words, so she drew her declaration of being a "Superhero with a Sharpie who helps the lost!"
My five-year-old daughter doesn't yet know how to write many words, so she drew her declaration of being a "Superhero with a Sharpie who helps the lost!" | Source

Let's get to the directions for the project!

Items Required

  • Ceramic White, Cup, Bowl, Select any size you use frequently.
  • Sharpie Markers, I recommend the big pack!
  • Great imagination and dreams!

Craft Timing

Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: Depends upon size of your oven and dinnerware.

Declaring Your Future!

  1. Wipe your plate, bowl, and/or mug with a cleaning wipe or damp cloth and then dry thoroughly!
  2. Sit down in a quiet location. Feel free to turn on some background music to set the mood.
  3. Reflect upon your future and what you want it to look like. Where do you want to live? What do you want to do for a career? Who do you want to help? How do you want to looK? What metaphors do you see for your life? What do you feel God calling you to do? Who do you see yourself surrounded by daily? Think of anything that you would like to see as part of your future - it can be life goals, bucket list items, or visions for your future impacting your community and world.
  4. After you know what you want to draw or write on your cup, go for it! Pick up a Sharpie and start drawing or writing! See the examples below of how others have created declarations for their future!
  5. Once you have created your dinnerware, set it in the oven. Turn the oven to 360 and let it heat up. Once it heats up, turn the over off without removing the dinnerware.
  6. Repeat the heat up and cool off process one more time.
  7. Remove your items from the oven and smile wide - your future is now available for all to see daily!
This was the mug from the woman who shared this great idea with us!
This was the mug from the woman who shared this great idea with us! | Source
A mug from one of the other participants
A mug from one of the other participants

How Would You Rate This Craft?

5 out of 5 stars from 1 rating of Level of Fun

Similar Projects on HubPages

While searching for Hubs showing other great Sharpie projects, I found some variations of this project. Check them out!

This hub provides great tips for making a mug with a Sharpie!

This hub provides a way of doing this same project, but with just a quote and a black sharpie.

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      Susan 3 years ago from India

      Wow. Great idea. These looks so good and colorful. Will do it at home. Thank you for sharing.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Arts and crafts such a lovely idea and so creatively thought of. I rated 5 stars a beautifully presented thought here

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      Shell Vera 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Thank you, DDE and Vacation Trip. I had fun and became inspired during this exercise. I thought it would be a wonderful arts & craft project with the family or even a group of friends! Hope you have fun with it too! :)

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