A DIY project that has grown increasingly popular is the Sharpie mug. It’s so easy- all you have to do is draw on a mug with Sharpie, bake it in your own kitchen oven, and you have your own personalized mug!
I thought I would try this on a porcelain coffee mug. I bought a two pack of “I Am Not a Paper Cup” mugs from Amazon for about $10 each. I drew my design of waves and opposite sunrise and night skies. I just used regular Sharpies- many tutorials suggest using oil-based Sharpies or porcelain pens, but those aren’t necessary. They’d definitely work better, but regular Sharpies shouldn’t have a problem.
After I was finished drawing (several days later) I baked it in my oven at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. I learned a couple tips from reading other tutorials online:
- Put your mug in the oven while it’s preheating, and start the timer as soon as you turn the oven on. The mug needs to gradually heat up with the oven, otherwise it might crack.
- Don’t immediately take the mug out after the 15 minutes are up. Turn off the oven and open the door so the mug can gradually cool off. Again, if you abruptly change the temperature, you risk cracking the mug.
- Sharpie markers tend to change color or even fade when they’re baked. That’s why I limited it to 15 minutes in the oven, because I’m afraid if I left it in there any longer the colors wouldn’t be as vibrant.
Once I finished baking my mug, I painted several coats of Mod Podge on it. After baking, the Sharpie should be fairly water-resistant and fade-resistant, but since I plan on using this mug a lot, I wanted a clear coat just to be safe.
I’ve heard varying opinions on whether or not these are dishwasher-safe. I haven’t tried it, and I don’t plan to, only because this mug took me such a long time and I don’t want to run any risk of messing it up.
I’ve gotten so many compliments on this mug, even questions like “Where did you buy that mug?” People are so surprised when I tell them I drew it myself, but they don’t realize it’s such a simple art project, if you have the time and eye for it, and maybe you’re a perfectionist like me.
Just a caveat, I read in many reviews on Amazon that these mugs are extremely prone to breaking since they’re porcelain, so here’s to hoping I don’t ever drop it!