Knock It Off DIY–Kate Spade Charlotte Street Collection

Hello, long-lost friends! I’ll have a proper update on everything that’s been going on here (and why the blog posts have been so sparse) on Thursday. Big news and lots of touchy-feely-ness. Mark your calendars!

Today we’re going to dive right into a new series I’m joining in, hosted by the talented Jess of Domicile 37. She thought it would be fun to select a different designer/home store each month and then knock-off an item in the line that we each like. Design + DIY + Budget, if you will.

Kate Spade #KnockItOffDIYI’ve shared some Kate Spade bedding I love before, but truth be told, this isn’t a Kate Spade kind of house. I don’t do mod glam even though I appreciate it. I took a long look at her collections before settling on the Charlotte Street dinnerware set. I love that it has an artistic look and love even more that it looked like something I could successfully knock-off, severe craft-impairment issues and all.

Kate Spade Charlotte Street Collection

See? Totally manageable. I also loved the Pretty Pantry mug collection and decided to marry the two concepts together and make a set of mugs. Even if they turned out awful, at least I could still use them to deliver life-sustaining coffee (or ice cream).

Kate Spade Pretty Pantry CollectionHere’s what you need to make your own knock-off ceramics: ummm, ceramics (obviously) and oil-based Sharpies. That’s it. You can also use honest-to-goodness ceramic paint, but I wanted (and needed) the control that a pen offered. Plus I didn’t feel like going to Hobby Lobby.

blank mugsI settled on four different doodles and drew them all over the mugs. The oil Sharpie was fun to use–it goes on solid like paint and dries nearly instantly, so you don’t have to worry about smudging your work. If you mess up, though, just scrub your piece in the sink and the marker rubs right off.

It won’t set until you bake it in the oven. I was nervous that it wouldn’t set as promised, but I followed these instructions and can report that I scrubbed the mugs and the designs stayed put. I don’t think I’d put them in the dishwasher, although allegedly you can. Here are the finished mugs–I think they’re cute, although the blue is not the shade I was hoping for. #stupidcrafts

Sharpie Mug from Pretty Practical Home Sharpie Mug from Pretty Practical Home Sharpie Mug from Pretty Practical Home Sharpie Mug from Pretty Practical HomeI have to admit that it was very relaxing making the designs. Can an adult coloring book purchase be far behind? And here are the mugs as a group–they’re cuter that way, like when I watched the kids’ dance recitals when they were little bitty. Alone, you’d be left scratching your head and wondering what you spent all that money on. But as a group…magic! (Stay with me, please.)

Sharpie Mug from Pretty Practical HomeLet’s go see what the other non-crafting-impaired ladies came up with! And if you decide to do your own knock-off craft, please tag it with #knockitoffDIY so we can share it. Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you have a great day!


26 thoughts on “Knock It Off DIY–Kate Spade Charlotte Street Collection

  1. Sharon! Your mugs are AWESOME! I especially love the swirly one. I definitely agree that adult color or doodling is therapeutic… and these sharpie projects ! Thank goodness neither of us was working with an expensive piece. you had my dying at #stupidcrafts. xo

    1. Thanks, Rachael! They’ve now made several trips through the dishwasher and look good as new! I recommend the black pen–not a huge fan of the shade of blue, and the options for the oil Sharpies are kind of limited. I never, ever spend a lot when a craft is involved and was bummed I had to buy $2.50 mugs because the dollar store was cleaned out!

  2. I am just learning about this oil-based Sharpie business, and oh, the possibilities! I am also craft-impaired, so I give you total props for trying your hand at this challenge. The mugs turned out great! And your kid dance recital analogy cracked me up–so applicable to so many things in life!

    1. I didn’t think the sharpies would work, quite honestly. I knew the regular ones were a total bust so was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t have to come up with a new last-minute project. The key to success is to place the ceramics in a cold oven, then heat to 350 and leave on for 30 minutes. I didn’t take the mugs out of the oven until they were cooled down, which was hours later.

  3. I must get me some of the Sharpie! Unlike you I AM INLOVE WITH EVERyTHING and ANYTHING Kate Spade, but the price is just a huge hindrance! Love your idea dear!

    1. Ha, I know you love Miss Kate! Don’t get the blue Sharpie–I don’t like the color at all. I’m picking up a black one today, tracing the patterns and baking again.

    1. Thanks, Teryn! We have so many mugs but I wanted to try it out on something I at least knew we’d use eventually! I’m going to try this again because it was a lot of fun and turned out so cute.

    1. Thanks, Corinna! Have you used the oil based Sharpies and not had them turn out before? I wasn’t very hopeful after I was able to wash the pattern right off with a little pressure, but after baking them the marker isn’t going anywhere. I even ran them through the dishwasher today and it was totally fine.

    1. Thanks, Iris! I don’t think I’m crafty but I do like how they turned out. Just wish the blue was more of a navy. You should absolutely try it–I ran mine through the dishwasher and they look great–no chips or fading at all.

  4. This turned out great! It literally looks store bought! Thanks for specifying oil based over regular permanent marker….I have made that mistake before and was left with cups that looked ridiculous because the marker was coming off.

    1. Thanks, Jess! I ran them through the dishwasher and they look perfect. I remember thinking that the regular Sharpie wouldn’t work when I first saw it and wasn’t surprised by people being upset about it. I’m going to get a black oil sharpie and trace over the blue and put them in the oven again. Love the patterns, hate that shade of blue! Thanks for hosting!

    1. Thanks, Erin! The big stink with the markers were that a bunch of tutorials said you could use a regular Sharpie. All of those washed off and people kept complaining because it was all over Pinterest that it worked. I’m going to run them through the dishwasher now that I’ve taken the photos to see what happens. The oil Sharpies are limited in color options, but I’d like to make something else if it turns out dishwasher-friendly.

  5. You did a great job! I love them and you can use them!! I agree, I had a hard time seeing something that resonated with me as it’s not our home style either. But, I love her style!

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