It’s time guys – I’m joining the ranks of mom bloggers! I found out the exciting news last October and have biting my tongue for months! This is our first so we were really sure what to expect, but at this point I’m about 18 weeks and feeling WAY better.
I won’t drag you down with my first trimester woes, I’m just pumped to be in my second.
When Josh and I first decided to get pregnant, I almost immediately started pinning ways that I was going to tell him – there are so many cute ideas! Give him a box of donuts so he gets fat too, buy him a daddy book, just drop the pee-stick into his hands… but since my hubby loves his coffee, I decided to appeal to that.
I saw a bunch of mugs you can buy that say “you’re going to be a daddy” on the bottom and me being me, I decided I had to make it instead of buy it.
I’m glad I did! He now uses that mug every. morning. It’s his go-to.
It’s a pretty easy DIY and it’s such a sentimental gift.
Here’s the Twist!
Lots of people make mugs with hidden messages, so what’s different about this one? Most mugs are just that, mugs, but in the morning my hubby ALWAYS gets up before me and ALWAYS makes his own coffee. There was no way for me to give him the mug without seeing the bottom before he drank his coffee. To get around this, I made it a hot cocoa mug instead for two reasons:
- He would drink it at night – with me!
- I could cover the bottom with chocolate so he couldn’t see the message.
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- A mug – I found mine at Marshalls and since it was nearing Thanksgiving, I found one that said, “give thanks” which seemed very fitting. That said, I love the one I linked here from the Dollar Tree! No need for me to have spent so much on a mug. Just make sure it’s microwave safe.
- Enamel Paint – This is the stuff I used and it worked great. I linked black here instead of gold for reasons I’ll explain later.
- Porcelain Paint Pen – Alternatively, you can try one of these. Personally I stuck with regular paint and a paint brush because I felt a light paint brush would be easier to control when writing in a mug, but it’s another option. The important thing is you get a BAKE TO CURE paint so it will be microwave and dishwasher safe!
- Cellophane bags – Since the goal is for hubby to not know you made it, these make it look professional.
- Ribbon – This stuff is my favorite.
- Chocolate Chips – Or chunks. Or any chocolate, really.
- Mini Marshmallows – The cherry on top, so to speak.
Step 1: Wash the mug.
No pictures necessary, but it’s an important step – you’ll be adding food to it later.
If the mug has a non-price tag (like mine does, you can see below) take the tag off and save it so you can put it on later and make it look even more store-bought/un-special, he’ll be none the wiser!
Step 2: Paint the words on the bottom.
I wrote, “you’re going to be a daddy” with a heart, but there are lots of other cute sayings!
“Keep calm, you’re going to be a dad”
“Daddy 07/19/20” (due date)
Just to name a few more.
Remember how I linked a black paint when I used gold? I recommend black, not gold. Hubby found the words hard to read at the bottom of the mug because the paint color was so light. Ah well.
Step 3: Bake the mug.
This is super important because it keeps the paint from chipping and it makes it dishwasher/microwave safe. You’ll want to read the instructions on the paint you get, but for an idea, my paint had me put the cold mug into the oven, set the oven to 350 degrees F, wait until the oven was preheated and bake for 30 minutes, then turn off the oven leaving the mug inside for another 30 minutes.
It takes a while, but it’s worth it.
My paint also said to let the paint dry for 24 hours before baking to cure, but since I used so little paint I ignored that step… didn’t have any problems.
Step 4: Melt chocolate onto the bottom of the mug.
Pour just enough chocolate chips in the mug to cover the bottom. Don’t add too many or it’ll take forever to melt when the time comes and hubby might not scrape all the chocolate up – still hiding the message.
For those of you who don’t have the incredible sweet-tooth that I possess and therefore have not spent copious hours of their lives melting chocolate for baked goods, the best method is to microwave the chocolate chips for 10-20 seconds, stir, repeat. This will keep the chocolate from burning.
Drop a couple mini marshmallows on top to complete the look!
Step 5: Package it all up.
Put any tags you removed back onto the mug, then place it into one of the cellophane bags and twist-tie the top shut. Add a bow and voila! Perfectly professional looking mug gift!
My husband was totally clueless and I can’t get a thing past him. He got a little suspicious when I INSISTED he finish his hot cocoa because he technically had, but the gold writing was too light for him to read at first and he really had to look.
I just gave it to him saying that I casually found this hot cocoa making mug kit on sale and I can make it for you tonight if you want?
He was all over it!
I couldn’t help it, I snuck a picture of him drinking from it – moments before the big news finally came out!
I couldn’t have planned a better announcement than this one – quietly at home with my hubby and puppy to enjoy the news ❤️️
I hope you enjoyed this DIY – don’t hesitate to let me know if I wasn’t clear on anything and I’m also always up for comments/suggestions!