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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Making Your Monogram

I have recently fallen completely in love with the monogram phenomenon. Having you initials on everything, how cute is that!? I think it is completely adorable and I truthfully want everything I own to be monogrammed. But I don’t want to pay to steep prices to do it. I’ve searched the sites that will do it for you, simply provide them your initials and they will ship monogrammed things to your house, but they are expensive! Also I have researched the DIY route, there are many sites that will create a monogram for you, but they often also require a purchase. Being a savvy spender and also an avid DIYer I was determined to find a way to monogram my things on my own, and I have finally found it!

Monogram text download

The link above is to a website that allows you to download a monogram font to Word for free. In the many DIY monogram tutorials I have watched they typically require programs such as Adobe Photoshop, something most household computers do not have. This tutorial is for Microsoft Word and can be done on any Mac computer (I have not tried it on Windows).

First and foremost download the Monogram text link above to your computer. Simply click the download button in the right hand corner and open the downloaded folder on your desk top. Click and open the 2nd document in the folder, called: “Monogram kk sc.” A small box will pop up with an install button, click it and open Microsoft Word. Search the font name “Monogram kk sc” in your fonts and it should be there!

The trick to making monograms with this font is to use separate text boxes, you can more easily move the letters and position them how you please. When creating a monogram remember the order is: First initial, last initial, middle initial. You want you last initial to be in the middle and typically largest. I made my middle letter 300 pt. and my outer letters 260 pt.

​Also screen-shotting is your best friend when making monograms. On a Mac simultaneously hold down Shift+Command+4. Tutorials on screen-shotting can quickly be found online when searched in google.

You can easily add cute shapes and borders to your monograms in Word as well. Click the Shape menu in the right hand corner under the Home tab to create a shape. I like the “Plaque” shape, but simple circles and rectangles are also great for a border. After you have created a shape copy and paste (Command+C) your monogrammed letters into the shape one by one, and re-position as desired. Make sure to put a text wrap on your monogram, In Front of Text will place the monogram in front of the shape. You can also use the re-order tool to position it in front of the shape.

You can fill your shape with a color or add a border to it by clicking Fill and Line under the format tab. It also gives you options to change the weight of the line, this will make it thicker. Along with filling and changing the color of the shape, you can do the same to the monogram. Simply change the color with the button on the left hand side under the Home tab, like you would change any other text. Add a border to text by clicking the blue/white outlined A on the left side of the Home tab, then under Outline click “more lines.” You can change the weight, gradient and color of the border with the options listed.

Simply add a background behind your monogram and screenshot it to create fillers for binders, a computer background, notebook cover, etc. I searched Lily Pulitzer backgrounds in google images and loved the turn out! (Remember whenever searching for photos in google images use the search tools to change the size the Large, this will ensure you find the highest quality images that can easily be cropped/altered.)

Enjoy!

XX,
Shannon