DIY Sharpie Mug: The Pinterest Phenomenon

If you are a frequent pinner like me (and if you aren’t you really should be!) you have probably seen the cute little DIY sharpie mug tutorials all over the site. I’ve been wanting to try one for myself for a while now and I finally got around to doing it this week. Before I started I read through dozens of tutorials I found on Pinterest to find out what works, what doesn’t and how I can make the best sharpie mugs for me and also what I can recommend for you! So here are the top tips I gathered:

1.) Use OIL BASED sharpies! The regular kind will quickly wash away. Also purchase them in a small package at Michaels and use a 40% One Item coupon from their website.

2.) Wash them by hand. Some tutorials claim that when oil based markers are used they are dishwasher safe but the evidence is not consistent enough for my liking. I definitely recommend hand washing any mugs you create.

3.) Create simple designs. Don’t go trying to cover the entire mug in color or making giant designs filled in with lots of color, the sharpie will most likely fade or chip pretty quickly. Go for more minimalistic designs like dots, lines, small shapes, words, etc.

4.) Use colors that work. Based on the many tutorials I have researched Black, Silver, Gold, Yellow, Pink, Brown, Dark Green are GOOD colors that will last and not change or fade in color. BAD colors that change color include: Orange (turns brown), Blues, both dark and light (turn green), Purple (turns pink), Red (turns a dark burgundy), Lime Green (turns to more of a pea green), and White (yellows).

5.) If you make a mistake while creating rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover can easily remove the excess sharpie.

So now let’s get to making the mugs!

Materials:

  • Some cheap white mugs: buy them at the dollar store
  • Oil based sharpie markers: get a Michaels coupons on the website, they almost always have 40% off one regular priced item.
  • Nail Polish remover and cotton balls: to fix those little mistakes, it’s best to fix them right when they happen. If you wait for the sharpie to dry a bit the coloring will be more difficult to remove and will leave a residue.

How to make your DIY sharpie mug:

  1. Make sure your mugs are clean and oil free before drawing on them. You can wipe them down with rubbing alcohol or simply wash them first.
  2. Pick your design and create! There are tons of adorable ideas for design all over Pinterest check out my DIY board for some ideas!
  3. Once your mug is designed let it dry for AT LEAST 24 hours before heating it in the oven.
  4. When it’s time to “cook” your mug pre-heat your oven for 400 degrees. Place your mug upside down on a baking sheet right away, allowing the oven to heat itself up while the mug is inside. Once the oven hits 400 degrees set your timer for 30 minutes. When the 30 minutes is up turn off the oven and crack the door, but DO NOT take the mug out. Allow the mug to cool completely inside the oven.
  5. Voila you are done! You now have a cute little DIY mug to sip your coffee, tea or whatever it is you drink for the colder season! Again I recommend hand washing all DIY sharpie mugs!

Try my favorite drink for fall: Mystic Chai Tea from Sam’s Club! I love all chai tea, but this is my all time favorite. It’s very creamy and is very light on the spice.

Enjoy your DIY Sharpie Mugs!

XX,

Shannon

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