Every morning and many evenings you’ll find me sipping a warm beverage from a cute mug. We have a cabinet full of plain white mugs, but those are always the last ones left in the cabinets. Even my husband will reach for the decorative mugs before the plain white ones. (You know…the ones with sorts logos on them.)
I love being able to customize my own mugs. One of my favorite mugs has got to be my DIY Sharpie Mug. I was able to customize it using some metallic Sharpie markers!
This project is so easy, inexpensive, and versatile!
Here are a few ideas for your DIY Sharpie Mug:
- create one as a gift for a friend (the one pictured is going to a friend of mine!),
- decorate several as party favors filled with treats,
- use as a centerpiece filled with floral foam and fresh cut flowers,
- make an initial mug for each member of the family,
- fill with markers or colored pencils as a teacher gift, or
- give them to neighbors filled with treats at Christmas time.
DIY Sharpie Mug
What you’ll need to make a DIY Sharpie Mug
- Plain white mug (Available at dollar stores, discount stores, online or even thrift shops)
- Sharpie Markers in at least 3 colors (I used metallic Sharpies)
- Letter Sticker or vinyl sticker
Lay your white mug on a flat surface. Place your sticker on the center of your mug. Press down firmly making sure there are no air bubbles and the edges are stuck well. Use a Sharpie marker to add dots around the entire letter sticker in the first color. Be sure some of the dots overlap onto the sticker and mug as shown. After that add a second color and surround the letter sticker. Then add the third color.
After I dotted around the letter, I randomly dotted different colors all over until I was happy with the result. The Sharpie marker will be dry almost instantly. When you’re happy with your dots carefully remove the sticker from your mug.
To ensure the Sharpie marker stays on you’ll need to heat it in an oven. Place the cup directly on the wire rack inside the oven. With the mug inside, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. When the oven is heated, “cook” the mug at 350 for 20 minutes. Then turn off the oven and allow the mug to cool inside the oven about 30 minutes. Remove carefully using an oven mitt.
That’s it! These mugs can be hand washed or ran through the dishwasher on the top rack only.
If you can think of some other uses for these mugs, I’d love to hear your ideas! Please leave a comment below.