About a year ago, I found a water bottle at Walmart that spoke to me on a deep, emotional level. it had a paisley floral pattern in hues of blue and green, and in a pink box outlined in gold, it read simply “Not My Problem.” And for only $5, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to tell the world my truth while I sipped Crystal Light.
Unfortunately, for $5, the design didn’t last long. Now all I have left is a few paisley flowers and “M roblen.” Not My Problem has become a catch phrase for me in dealing with house repair nonsense (it seems like it’s one thing after another) and work nonsense (what do you expect when you’re merging two branches of the operation?). I wanted it back.
Originally, I found this idea on Michaels.com. Their version was a bit too happy-go-lucky for my bitter tastes, and to add insult to injury, the tumbler Michaels sells hasn’t been in stock for weeks. I couldn’t find a dang clear, basic tumbler at any of my local dollar stores, either. I ended up ordering a pair off of Amazon (not an affiliate link). I used a couple of black oil-based paint pens I had laying around.
You can sketch out your design on a piece of paper or print out your phrase in your favorite font. I printed mine out and used clip art to make a personalized tumbler for my partner. It’s based on a bit from the D&D game he plays in, so I’m not gonna explain it since I don’t totally get it, either.
Tape the paper in place and start tracing! It’s a little weird on a double-walled tumbler, but you get the hang of it pretty quickly. Pro tip: if you make a mistake, it’s fairly easy to wipe away with a finger if you’re quick about it. Otherwise, a q-tip and nail polish remover is your best bet.
Once you’ve got your word, phrase, or drawing how you want it, all you have to do is let the paint dry overnight before using! These took me all of 30 minutes to make, and that’s including all the time I took to search for the clip art I used for my partner’s tumbler and formatting the text.
It’s worth noting that you should probably hand-wash this cup carefully so as not to damage your design.