2.05.2014

DIY: Personalized Mugs (aka Sharpie Mugs)


This is a great little diy project, especially with Valentine's day coming up! You can customize a mug, plate, or any other ceramic dish of your choice and make it really personal for that special someone.

I know the diy sharpie mug has been around Pinterest a ton lately, but beware, NOT all sharpie mug tutorials work...I searched long and hard for a tried and tested method, and now that I've done the testing myself -- it has been confirmed -- this method really works! (Here is the tutorial I based mine off of, but I will outline step-by-step how I did my mugs, with added helpful tips)


Materials you need:
- ceramic mug (or dish), cheap dollar store or Walmart kind works better
- Sharpie oil-based paint marker, available at Michaels or any craft store (make sure it says non-toxic)
- oven

>> Make sure the mugs are clean and no oil or residue is on it before you start painting. If you want to, as an optional step, clean the mug with alcohol to triple check its cleanliness.
>> I just free-handed my designs right onto the mug with the paint pen, but it's always a good idea to practice or brainstorm your idea on paper. (tip: if you do mess up, not to worry, it really isn't 100% permanent! I found that nail polish remover can actually help to dissolve the paint...however it can get quite messy so only use this as a last resort)
>>When you are done designing your mugs, let them sit and dry, preferably over night~a full 24 hours. It helps to set the paint for the baking process.
>> Place the dried mugs onto a cookie sheet upside down, and set it in the middle rack of the oven. DO NOT preheat the oven! Once the mugs are in, set the temperature to 425 degrees F. Start timing 30 minutes once the oven reaches 425. While in the oven it did seem to give off a weird smell, so if you are sensitive, make sure you let the kitchen air out while the mugs are baking.
>> Let the mugs cool in the oven as much as you can before removing them. I just left mine until the oven was completely cool. This is to prevent any cracking from sudden changes in temperature.

After they were completely cooled, I tested my mugs by lightly scratching it AND hand washing it in warm soapy water, and they seemed to hold up well. I did not, however, put them in the dishwasher -- I was just too scared to...

The final product:



31 comments:

  1. These are seriously adorable! You are an amazing artist! I'm not even going to attempt making these because they would look like a little kid scribbled on them. lol

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    1. No way! You are so much more creative than me, anything you decide to make will turn out so cute, Im sure!

      PS your little penguin is just cute as ever! I miss him...and you so much!!

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  2. I love them!! thanks for sharing! I wanna try :)

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    1. Thanks Kaman! Let me know how your mugs turn out!!

      Ps ❤️LOVE your new clothing store! Keep up the great work ;)

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  3. I write on mugs all of the time and use this same technique! Thanks for sharing! I will point people your way if they ever need to know how to do this!

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    1. So glad to hear that you have also tried this method! Thanks for your lovely comment and positive feedback!

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  4. Have you had any luck using colored oil based sharpies?

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    1. Christine, I have not personally tried the colored oil-based sharpies but the site I referenced to did use red and the color changed to a deeper red/purple color. I would definitely do a trial spot on the bottom of the cup or somewhere unnoticeable if you are wanting a very specific color. Hope that helps!!

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  5. Thanks so much! Great DIY instructions :)

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  6. hi just wanted to ask if you try the same method using glass..and are there any others options to be use instead of baking it..thank you very much

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    1. I haven't tried with glass, but this method works so well because the glaze of the ceramic dish "melts" in the hot oven and allows the ink of the sharpie to sink into the glaze. I think there would be other methods for drawing/painting on glass, I just haven't tried. Sorry for not being more helpful! Thanks so much for commenting!!

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  7. Do you need to use oil-based sharpies?

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    1. For best results using this method, I recommend using oil-based sharpies. I have not used any other kinds of pens.

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  8. I really love you're idea and i want make this as a Christmas gift to my friends,,but what if i don't have an oven?..what should i do?...can it just a oil sharpen marker pen?..please help me..

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    1. Thank you for your comment! I would not recommend just using the oil-based sharpie without baking it, it will come off much easier. The idea of this is to "bake in" the sharpie ink into the glaze of the mug/dish, so if you don't bake it, the ink will not become a part of the glaze, it would just sit on top. I hope that makes sense!

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  9. Did you ever put them in the dishwasher?

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  10. Excellent tutorial! How have these held up in the long term?

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  11. is it acceptable to drink from these mugs? Thanks.

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  13. The DIY procedure on personalized mugs is convincing & sure, I will try to make these type of mugs at home.

    Thank you Megumi for sharing DIY Personalized Mugs Method with us.

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  15. The sharpie ink still comes off of my mug if I wipe it with alcohol. even hours after they were baked. Is tht normal?

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  16. I have tried the Sharpie method but found that it washes off after a few uses. You can get the same effect if you use porcelain pens, available at craft stores, then follow the instructions on the pens to bake the ink in.

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  17. I have been creating these mugs - same everything oil based sharpies at 425 degrees. It was working for a few months and lately when I bake them, the black sharpies seem to chip off - like it is in the oven too long. Then, I put them in at 325 and they seem to wipe off. So I tried again at 350 degrees and same result. nothing had changed when I first started doing it and I cant seem to figure out what is happening and why is it now not curing correctly. Ive been through dozens of mugs in the past month with all the same result. Help?

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  18. These look amazing. I just found my last minute holiday presents. Thank you for posting these.

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  19. I love this post! How beautiful! Our church is doing this craft, would it be possible to use one of your images to display what we will be attempting? Thanks so much for considering! :)

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  21. Lovely post Megumi!!! I will use your tricks in order to make my xmas mugs to give them friends and family!!!

    Thanks for the post, it's brilliant!

    xx from Barcelona

    Dawn

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