DIY Sharpie Mugs

These personalized mugs are a great way to add character to your mug collection. They also make a pretty cute gift!

I’m sure there’s no doubt you’ve seen these DIY Sharpie Mugs floating around Pinterest – and I wanted to try my hand at ’em. I’ve read that a lot of people who have made them with a regular Sharpie notice fading rather quickly. Then I came across a pin that suggested using an oil-based Sharpie marker!!

What I used:

  • Cheap, ceramic mugs (The cheaper the better. I got mine from a local dollar store.)
  • Oil-based Sharpie marker (I purchased mine from Michaels.)
  • 1-2 Q-tips
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • A pencil


Ensure the new mugs are fully washed and dried to remove any residue. I used Goo-Gone to get rid of price sticker residue that was left behind on the bottom of mine.

Using a pencil, sketch your design on each mug. I choseΒ two cheesy, beverage – related puns πŸ˜€ . I even did a design on the mug handles! It’s definitely not an easy task, drawing on a curved surface. Just wait until it’s time to retrace the sketch with the Sharpie – that’s when those Q-tips and rubbing alcohol come in handy!

Sharpie Mug DIY Design

Once you’re happy with your design, carefully trace over it using the oil-based Sharpie marker. You will likely mess up. About 100 times. More than once. Go easy on yourself – you can do this! πŸ™‚ If you do make a mistake,
take your Q-tip and dip it into the rubbing alcohol and carefully rub off what you don’t want. The marker comes really easy. Just make sure to wash the mug each time you use the rubbing alcohol.

I let my mugs sit for a couple of days before I threw them in the oven to bake the design on them. Preheat your oven at 425* and bake for 35 minutes. I set my mugs on a cookie sheet and had them in the oven as soon as I turned it on. This allows them toΒ heat up with the oven and prevents cracking. Once the 35 minutes is up I turned the heat off and let them stay in the oven to cool down as well. After about an hour or so, I took them out.

DIY Sharpie Mugs

I let them sit for a few hours before (hand!) washing them. And there you have it – your very own DIY Sharpie mugs! A perfect customizable DIY gift!

Personalized Sharpie Mugs

I’ve heard mixed opinions when it comes to washing them – some say they’re ok in the dishwasher, while others say it makes them fade quickly. I personally decided not to take a chance wrecking them, and opted to hand wash only. So far I’ve washed them about 5 times and they still look as good as new, so here’s hoping!

*Let me know if you attempt making these, or if you have before. Do you have any tips to add?*


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