DIY Sharpie Mug | Tutorial (kind of).

Jan 7, 2014

I can’t call this a tutorial because I didn’t take a single picture of the steps I took to make this but it’s pretty easy to figure out.  So I’ll just share some pictures and tips on how to make your own.  Does that work?  Good!

I’ve seen this project all over the internet and wanted to tackle it myself.  Mostly because I was skeptical of these “dishwasher safe” claims.  It’s fun to make your own mugs but most of the time it ends up being a handwash only item and that’s just plain annoying.

2014-01-07 sharpie mug

You only need two basic things for this project.  Which also makes it a fabulous one, yes?

  1. Oil Based Marker – in any color your heart desires.
  2. A plain mug. – you can probably get these anywhere.  Dollar Store.  Target.  Walmart.  The works.  I hardly ever have time to go shopping anywhere so I bought [these] on Amazon.  Free shipping with Prime and 6 mugs to play with.  Golden.

I’m not the best at free-handing designs because I get all weird and try and correct myself and then make a mess in the long run.  But this is why I didn’t take step by step photos.  The design is in your hands!  I used a stencil from a design I created on my trusty Photoshop, cut it out with vinyl and then traced.  As you can see, there are spots where the design bled through because I didn’t have the stencil pressed down perfectly everywhere.  I always find imperfections in handmade goods charming so I’m totally cool with it.

Once your design is on and the marker is dry, you’re nearly done.  Here’s how I did it:

  1. Put your mug on a baking sheet in a cold oven.
  2. Preheat your oven (with the mug inside!) to 450 degrees.
  3. Once pre-heated to the desired temperature, set your timer and bake your mug for 30 minutes.
  4. Turn off the oven and let it cool with your mug inside.
  5. Boom.  Done.


And about the dishwasher safe part?  Yes.  It totally is!  These pictures are of my mug already used and washed in our dishwasher at home.  I didn’t notice any of the design fading or being washed away.  I’d recommend putting it on the top rack only but you shouldn’t have any troubles with the design being washed off.  Yahoo!!

**One thing I did notice is that the color I chose (purple, as if I’d do any other color) changed once baked.  The design is more of a reddish-purple.  Which is fine.  Just beware that your colors might be altered like mine was.  I see most people using black markers so that wouldn’t be an issue for them…just me.

Oh hey, can I mention one more thing?  These pictures were taken last night on my desk.  In poor lighting and I didn’t even pretend to move things around to make my desk look tidy.  This is real life, people!  Why is it that I feel like the only person alive that has a desk like this?  You bloggers make it hard to feel good about yourself!  Haha.  It’s a beat up, junky old desk with washi tape stuck to it, paper bits & cords everywhere and a severely finger-printed computer screen.  I am an organized person’s worst nightmare.  And sometimes my own.


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Welcome to Wild+Wanderful!  I’m Katy.
Momma. Wife. West Virginian.
Dreamer. Coffee Consumer.
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Purple Obsessor. Lover of Handmade.



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