Good Morning Sunshine cereal bowls

Every year, we have 32 people to buy presents for NOT including us and our children.  That’s A LOT!!  We end up with 8 family parties scattered through out December.  It makes Christmas a month long event for us and we wouldn’t have it any other way!!  But buying for  SO many people can be tricky.  Especially this year.  {Did you read my sob story?}

I am such a cheap thrifty person that I just cannot bring myself to run to the mall and buy buy buy for everyone.  But I don’t want them to get the “homemade” present.   I don’t want us to be the “oh great they got my name” family.  And I know Christmas isn’t about the presents, but I also know the reality is that it does matter to a lot of people.  And I do want them to have something nice from us.

So, Long story not so short, I had a “super Saturday” of sorts and made a whole bunch of things that I hope will be nice presents for people but also were very inexpensive.

This month, I will be sharing them with you so you can make them for the people on your list too!! {what a long intro, I seem to be a rambler lately}

Our very first ever Christmas Craft is:

Good Morning Cereal Bowls

cute personalized cereal bowls    draw on dishes

These are so easy to make.  You just need to find these markers:

porcelaine paint pen

I looked first at Wally world.  No go.  Then I went to Hobby Lobby.  They either didn’t carry these or they didn’t know where they were.  So I went on a last ditch effort to Michaels.  Not only did they have them but the people were super nice.  At first she didn’t know exactly where they were, but she didn’t give up and just say sorry we don’t have it {unlike someone at a different store} she got on her walkie talkie, asked where they were and walked me to them.  I will be shopping at Michaels more often for sure!!

They are called Porcelaine 150.  They have Porcelaine 160 which is supposed to be frosted.  I’m excited to try them.  But for this project I wanted a strong readable line.  They come in all sorts of colors {I got three different colors and the projects with them are coming up}.  They do run about $4 for one.  Normally I wouldn’t pay $4 for a marker but these are so worth it.  They go a long long way.  We made at least 20 different projects with one pen.

I got my dishes at the  dollar store.  Then it’s just write on them.

The one tip I have is…Try not to go over your writing again.  It builds up the paint from the marker and isn’t as clean and nice.

draw on dishes

I’m considering having my kids draw a little picture on the bottom of the bowl.

cute personalized cereal bowls

That way when people eat their cereal they will uncover the picture.  I’m undecided.  As a mom I would LOVE that pic from my kids while they are young.  But there is also something to be said for simple.  What do you think?

The last thing to do is bake your dishes.  Put them in the oven while it is still cool.  Then heat it up to 350.  Let it bake for 30 mins.  Turn the oven off and let them cool inside.  Then pull them out and use them.  This will make them food safe and dishwasher safe.  I have used and washed mine  and they were just fine.

I hope you enjoy these cereal bowl gift ideas.  Let me know if you decide to make some yourself.




  1. These are so cute! Thanks for the idea. I think I might make separate bowls-some classic simple like you did and a few where I just let the kids do what they want. Can’t wait to see more projects!
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  2. What a great idea I might have to make each of my grandkids their own special bowl!
    Did you use only glass bowls ??
    Cant wait for more ideas :)

  3. Such a cute idea!

  4. Visiting from Sundae Scoop! I absolutely love this as Christmas gift idea! It is simple but so cute! Im going to have to add this to my crafty to do list. Thank you :)

    If you get a chance I would love for you to link this up to my Friday party going on now :)
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  5. Wow, what a great project! loving your use of the dollar store bowls. I am a new Twitter and Fb follower visiting from Flamingo Toes. Vicky from Mess For Less

  6. Love these bowls! Thanks for auditioning for OMTWI!

  7. I just found your site and I love this idea. Please consider linking up to the Success U – Wednesday Linkup Party at I am your newest follower!

  8. I love this idea too! Your posts are so fun to read! I love that you include what works and what didn’t. I am following/pinning you!
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  9. These are really cool! Fun idea. I love the idea of letting the kids draw on them too!

  10. Such a fun idea. I love it! I’ve always wanted to try something like this. Thanks for sharing.

    Warmly, Michelle
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  11. Love this idea. I’m going to adapt this for my kids at school for a mother’s day gift. Use a mug and have them draw a picture of their mothers and put their age on it.

  12. Lori-Lynette Mumford says:

    Thank you sooo much for this great idea. I have 10 co workers that I have to get gifts for and was at a loss what to make. Since all of them are serious candy/snack eaters this is perfect. Espeically since some of them have nicknames and I can add that to the bowl. I was considering mugs or glasses…but a personalized bowl is the BEST!!!! Hardly anyone has those. I will even make on for myself!:)

  13. Wow! I didn’t even know these pens existed. Thank you for sharing.
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  14. such a lovely idea….

  15. Lacy Smith says:

    I can wholeheartedly relate with you on your “thrifty” Christmas gift buying, lol. And I know what you’re saying about the pic on the bottom, I guess it would depend on who you gave them too. A grandma or someone like that would totally dig, but others might not.
    Great project!

    • I have never heard of this before…but I love all the ingredients that go into these tasty little patties. Thank you for sharing yet another delicious recipe. I hope you have a wonderful wekojnd…eneey yourself and eat well!

  16. Thkinnig like that is really amazing


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