Once I saw these DIY sharpie mugs on Pinterest, I knew I had to try them. Luckily for me, I had two other ladies to try them with me. Arts and crafts are much more fun with friends! Doing this craft as a girls’ night was a lot of fun and they turned out great!
I love the idea of arts and crafts, but I’m not particularly gifted in art. I call myself “visually artistically challenged.” I could (and have) ruin a Paint-the-Town ceramics piece with my lack of skill. That’s why this craft was so perfect– all you need to know is how to make dots with a Sharpie pen! DOTS!!!
As you can see, we designed three fairly different mugs. My friend completely covered her initial mug with gold and red dots. It was labor intensive but the result was awesome. My sister’s “S” mug did a different take on the initial mug in which she kept her dots collected around the letter but let it scatter into nothingness. Its not pictured but she even had a smattering of dots on the back of the mug- totally adorbs! I opted to made a doctor mug instead of an initial mug and kept my dots to one side of the cup.
Lessons from using oil-based Sharpies:
1) Shake a LOT. It can take a little bit for the ink to start flowing.
2) Some pens are inkier than others and run more (for us, the gold put out more ink than the red with the same pressure on the tip). This can impact the design you make.
3) Be careful when dotting because it can get on clothes and hands.
4) If you don’t have any rubbing alcohol or cotton swabs to clean up mistakes, a little spit will soften the dried ink and you can scrape it off with a fingernail.
5) If you still see little smudges when you take it out of the oven (careful: hot!), it is possible to rub it off with a finger before it cools and sets.
DIY Sharpie Mugs
Source: Glued To My Crafts Blog
Oil-based Sharpie pens (we used medium point markers)
Put the design or monogram you want on your mug, Make sure its pretty stuck on when you’re ready- it’ll make for less cleaning up later on your mug. The initial look is classic or a very small word can personalize it!
Dot the mug! Make sure you dot a lot along the edges (even on the edge of the sticker) to ensure sharp lines after the sticker removal later. If you want, you can practice your dot spread on paper before you do it on the mug. As noted above, it make take a minute or so to get the ink flowing in the markers so be patient when jabbing the tip on paper. Really fill in the area around the design with dots to make it stand out.
Once the dotting is complete, let it dry a little bit before carefully peeling the sticker off. We were a little hasty about waiting- too excited -but it turned out for the best because it gave us time to clean up our letters before we put it in the oven.
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees while the mugs are drying. Then bake them for 30 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave them in there to let them set a little longer. We were in my sister’s apartment and didn’t ventilate the place, but there was only minimal smell from the baking.
Finally, take them out and enjoy!!
Tip: Although other bloggers say these are dishwasher safe, I would probably err on the safe side and stick with handwashing.
Tip 2: Some people from the source post noticed discoloration with the markers. The source blogger suggested baking at 300 degrees for 20 minutes, and even less if doing glass cups, which may help. Its almost like baking: check about 20 minutes in to see if the color has changed and don’t have them in with the oven on for more than 30 minutes. Our mugs didn’t change color after baking even after being left in the cooling oven for another hour or so.
Update: DIY sharpie mugs + Seahawks cupcake = <3