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How To Customize Any Mug With Sharpies Or Paint Pens

SEPTEMBER 21, 2015  —  By Sara Heddleston  
Sara Heddleston

Sara Heddleston

Sara has been working and writing online for so many years, she's unsure if she is still in corporeal form. She considers herself a jack of all trades, but would prefer it if you would stop calling her "Jack."

Do you have access to Sharpies? What about paint markers? (The answer is yes, you do.) That means you can permanently customize almost any mug or teacup...with just using a marker.

What you'll need:

  • Sharpies or paint markers
  • White mugs or teacups (cheap ones are best to use because of their low-quality glaze)
  • An oven

First, draw your design on the plain mug. You can use multiple colors (but a striking black-on-white design looks gorgeous).

You can prep your mugs by sanding them or wiping them with alcohol, but it's not totally necessary.

Once you have finished your design, let the mugs dry overnight.

Then, bake your mugs!

Most craft sites suggest to: place your mugs in a cold oven, heat it to 450 degrees, let the mugs bake for 30-45 minutes, and shut off the oven and cool the mugs for 2 hours.

Having trouble making your mug look perfect? Try following these tips that were posted on the Craftaholics Anonymous Facebook page.

  • I have done this before too, the best result are to let the sharpie dry completely for 24 hours then bake at a low temp oven like 225 for 2 plus hours.
  • Put them in the oven THEN turn it on to 450*. After it gets to temp, set timer for 45 minutes. Turn off but leave them in the oven til completely cool.
  • Here is what I find that works. Cheap mugs, Walmart are best. Regular sharpies. Wipe first with alcohol to remove any residue. Careful not to touch drawing area with hands. After putting design on, wait 24 hours. Then put in cold oven. Turn temp to 425 and set timer for 30 minutes. At 30 minutes turn off oven, leaving project in until it's completely cool. Hand wash then do a test run in the dishwasher.

(View even more helpful Sharpie mug tips on the Craftaholics Anonymous website.)