This whole Starbucks red cup controversy is so silly, I won’t even address it. BUT – I do see a creative opportunity! Whatever your stance, why not make your own red cup? Visit your local paint-on-pottery studio. They have oodles of mugs and cups to choose from, and not only will you have a custom and functional work of art, you will be supporting an indie business/entrepreneur!
Here’s how I made these!
Red underglaze (I used Duncan Concepts, Neon Red)
Duncan French Dimensions in red and white (you can also use Concepts in a micro squeeze bottle)
Pure Brilliance glaze to make the cups food safe
Kiln for firing
ALTERNATIVE: Visit your local craft store for bake on ceramics, all you need is your home oven!
2nd ALTERNATIVE: Use a Sharpie and draw on the Starbucks red cup!
3rd ALTERNATIVE: Check out this list for other holiday cups!
Clean off your bisque, then coat each mug with three layers of underglaze. I did one white and the other red, I did the opposite for the insides. Then use the French Dimensions to draw on your snowflakes. You can:
- Write Merry Christmas
- Paint them blue for Hanukkah
- Paint them red, green and black for Kwanzaa
- Use them to hold posada candy treats
- Write a favorite phrase
Regardless, it’s all about spreading cheer and connecting with others so we can all have a bright, happy holiday season!
Let dry completely, then sponge on three layers of Pure Brilliance.
Let dry completely. Fire at Cone 06, medium speed.
I don’t know which one I like better!
Bottom line? Instead of getting all worked up, get creative. Turn it into something positive!
- Get together with friends and/or family and have a red cup paint party.
- Paint two cups, one for you and one to give away as a random act of kindness.
- Paint one, fill with healthy snacks and give to a homeless person so they will always have a cup to use.
- Paint them and auction them off, use the money to donate to a holiday program for those in need.
OK, let’s get this season started!