We made these for MaxiMads teachers in July to say thank you for looking after him at Preschool.
They were really simple to make, I purchased some porcelain paint from Baker Ross ages ago and it last and lasts. we did designs based on finger prints as it is much easier for children to do them.
You paint the mug or what ever you want, we used egg cups, bread trays and cups, but also plan to do plates with hand-prints on for the grandparents and godparents.
White crockery can bee picked up very inexpensively from all of the major supermarkets and in Asda at the moment they are doing 4 mugs for 99p, which wold make this really inexpensive indeed.
Once the cups and other crockery has been painted you set the paint according to the manufacturer's instructions in the oven and then they are even suitable for washing in a dishwasher.
I popped some different hot chocolate sachets and herbal t-bags in the cups.
Now these are very childish decorations, but if you go and take a look at The Cowgirl in Wellies post about Hand-painted Holiday Mugs, you will see how professional they can look!!