Thursday, September 5, 2013

Sharpie Mugs

One of the coolest ideas I have discovered on Pinterest is Sharpie Mugs.
DIY sharpie mug

DIY Sharpie mugs by SpaceSays
Such a simple idea and how cool that you can completely customize your own mug, bowl or dish! Now, I have seen some posts from bloggers saying that it doesn't work, it wipes right off as soon as it cools, or it washes off in the dishwasher. So we'll see if this even works! I did find a tip from one blogger saying that you need to have oil based sharpies. They are specific Sharpies made just for writing on wood and glass. I found some just at our local Office Max. To find out if they are oil based, it will say right on the package. If it doesn't say oil based, it isn't.

You will need:
Plain white mug or dish (I made a special trip to the dollar store in Hood River just for this!)
Oil based Sharpie Pens
Your imagination
Rubbing alcohol (just in case you make a mistake)

Start by thinking up what you want to do on your mug. You have to have a very steady hand (unless you use stencils) so take it slow. Draw on the mug any design you can dream up. Place mugs on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 30 mins. Test to see if completely set. It should not wipe off with water. If you do make a mistake, rub it off with rubbing alcohol BEFORE you set it in the oven. Hand washing it best to keep your designs looking sharp (no pun intended) but if you are brave, they may last through a dishwasher session or two. This project is so fun! I want to do all kinds of dishes now! Its such a neat gift idea too. Paired with a little coffee beans and maybe some homemade coffee syrups? Perfection. 
My French obsession coming out.

This one is for my dad's birthday. He is always telling all of his 6 children, that we are his favorite.

Such a fun project! I have only hand washed them so far, but they are holding strong so far. Good luck and have fun. If any of you do this project, please share. I would love to see your works of art!


  1. I just made one of these for Elliott to send in a care package! Thanks for the idea :)

  2. Awesome! Also, I need to make an update. I have washed mine in the dishwasher 3 times, no problem!