One simple gift that I made several years ago for my husband still graces his desk. A mug with a broken handle, some handfuls of multi-colored stones, and some very strong glue are all that I used to create this simple pen holder. It is a perfect gift for Father's Day.
I was inspired to make this stone-covered mug by a friend who was gluing stones to old lamp bases, to give as wedding gifts. So if you and your kids collect a lot of stones, you could also decorate a ceramic lamp (or two). For us, stones found on the shores of the Great Lakes have special significance. Not only have my husband and I lived in Chicago, near the beaches of Lake Michigan, we also had our honeymoon in Canada on an island between Lakes Huron and Superior.
- Multicolored stones (a selection of 50 to 100 is ideal)
- Ceramic mug without a handle (I chipped off the remaining stub as best I could)
- Strong gel glue that bonds ceramics (such as Gorilla Glue)
- Wash and dry stones well prior to gluing.
- Arrange stones on a table and then on the mug without glue to get an idea of where you would like each stone placed.
- In a well-ventilated area, glue stones onto the mug, making sure to cover the broken-off handle area of the mug first.
Need a gift bag for this once it is done? Check out this frugal gift bag made from newspaper comics.