DIY | Sharpie Mugs

I know it’s a little early to be thinking about Christmas, but I couldn’t help myself when I found these plain mugs at St. Vincent de Paul and was motivated to do a little DIY. I thought these would make the perfect Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, or ANY holiday gift.
The best part: there’s only two things you need to do it. Mugs and a Sharpie. The rest is up to you!

I purchased this Oil-based Sharpie marker at Walmart and created my design border with painter’s tape I had around the house. You can also use stencils, templates, stickers or free-draw any design you love! As an alternative, try writing sweet notes to your significant other to keep them inspired as they sip their morning brew.


Simply tape out the areas you do not want to be colored, add your stencil, or like I did, free-hand your design. And don’t worry, if you make a mistake, the Sharpie simply rubs off with a bit of nail polish remover and a cotton bud!

I went for a geometric look with a series of triangles of various shapes and sizes. Using outlines, solid shapes and dots added dimension and visual interest without being too complex. I taped off the top line of my mug to keep the design below drinking level, but once the oil-based Sharpie is fired, it is safe to wash and use like any other mug.

The best part of this DIY is that you can use your creativity to make these mugs unique to you. Lacking inspiration? Don’t worry, there’s a Pinterest page for that.

You can also do this with gold, silver or colored oil-based markers to draw just about anything. I kept it simple with just black, but I think a pop of gold would look great with these geometric beauties.

Once you have completed your design, you want to make sure it stays put. Place the mugs upside down on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Don’t let the smell of burning scare you. I realized mine had a little bit of price sticker still on the bottom, but after 20 minutes it dried up and didn’t cause any issues. Just give your mugs a thorough clean before drawing on your design.

This baking will set the Sharpie, and I noticed it made the marker streaks from filling in the larger black triangles look a little less apparent. Turn your oven off and let the mugs completely cool before removing them. This lets everything settle and prevents your hot mugs from cracking when exposed to cold air outside the oven! (Note: I’ve failed to do this step before and nothing majorly wrong happened, but it’s better safe than sorry!)

Voila! You have personalized, simple and visually delightful mugs for you and your loved ones to enjoy each and every morning. Design something for your special someone and get a head start on your Christmas gifts this year!

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