DIY Sharpie Mugs

If you know us (or if you've been following along and seen all of our coffee posts) you know we drink A LOT of coffee. Of course we enjoy the caffeine boost but more so we love the taste. We also love to drink it in cute mugs because it tastes better that way! Am I right?  We thought it would be fun to share this easy DIY mug tutorial with you so that you can make some for yourself and friends! They are completely dishwasher safe which is the best part! I included a simple one and another with more detail. 

If you know us (or if you've been following along and seen all of our coffee posts) you know we drink A LOT of coffee. Of course we enjoy the caffeine boost but more so we love the taste. We also love to drink it in cute mugs because it tastes better that way! Am I right?

We thought it would be fun to share this easy DIY mug tutorial with you so that you can make some for yourself and friends! They are completely dishwasher safe which is the best part! I included a simple one and another with more detail. 

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MATERIALS: 

  •   Coffee Mug - I actually like to find blank white ones at the thrift store because you can find some fun funky shapes. Or as you can see I also did a sugar canister. 
  • Oil Based Sharpies  - Normal sharpies will not work for this. You can find oil sharpies at a craft store like Michaels. I would go with a fine point or extra fine if you want to do intricate detailing. I have had the best luck with black. Other colors work but tend to change color with the baking process. 
  • Wet Wash Cloth - This will make it easy to wipe of mistakes.  
MAKE IT (SIMPLE):    Wash the mug with soap and water before you begin. Once it fully dries you can start.     All you have to do is pick a saying and write it. If you mess up, wipe it off and start over. If the ink has set too much and is not coming off, go wash it with soap and water and when it is dry, start over.    You can also pick a pattern and draw that. Polka-dots, stripes, squiggles, whatever you want. 

MAKE IT (SIMPLE): 

Wash the mug with soap and water before you begin. Once it fully dries you can start.   

All you have to do is pick a saying and write it. If you mess up, wipe it off and start over. If the ink has set too much and is not coming off, go wash it with soap and water and when it is dry, start over.  

You can also pick a pattern and draw that. Polka-dots, stripes, squiggles, whatever you want. 

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 MAKE IT (DETAILED): 

You will need both fine and extra fine oil based sharpies for this.

After washing and drying the mug, sketch out your picture. I usually free hand it directly on the mug but sometimes I sketch it on paper first. Then, I tape it on to see how it will fit.  

For the picture of the girls, I used the bigger markers to plot out the big points first and then I went back with the extra fine markers to add in the details. 

BAKE IT:     Let the mug dry overnight.   Make sure to clean off any marks/mistakes you don't want on your mug before placing it in the oven because you will not be able to get them off after.   Set the oven to 350•  The key is to put the mug(s) in right when you turn the oven on. This way the mug heats up gradually and does not get streaky burn marks.    Bake for an hour and DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN.    Turn the oven off after an hour and let the mug cool inside for another hour. I know your tempted to peek but do not let air in until the time is up.  

BAKE IT: 

  • Let the mug dry overnight. 
  • Make sure to clean off any marks/mistakes you don't want on your mug before placing it in the oven because you will not be able to get them off after.
  • Set the oven to 350•
  • The key is to put the mug(s) in right when you turn the oven on. This way the mug heats up gradually and does not get streaky burn marks.  
  • Bake for an hour and DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN.  
  • Turn the oven off after an hour and let the mug cool inside for another hour. I know your tempted to peek but do not let air in until the time is up.  
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Voila!! There you have it! So fun and so easy! 

*GIVEAWAY* Maybe you are a busy bee and don't have time to make mugs, maybe you don't have a creative hair on your head, or maybe you just want to win... I would love to make you a mug. I will pick one winner and create a custom mug for them. Giveaway details are available on our instagram @NLVND_. Go enter there and spread the word.

Don't worry non-instagram friends, we have blog specific giveaways coming soon. 

Xoxo Beth Ann

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Photography by Nikki Kauzlarich