BRIKA DIY: Sharpie Mug


As BRIKA's Editorial Assistant, Maddie crafts product descriptions and dabbles in web development. She's always on the lookout for simple, affordable DIY projects that are pretty and functional...and could potentially be used as great gifts for friends and  family. 

DIY Sharpie mugs are as easy as they sound. The idea originally came from this blog post on A Beautiful Mess, but there are tons of examples on Pinterest as well. I'm by no means an artist, so I stuck to basic shapes, patterns and words...but I'm sure anyone with drawing skills could create some real pieces of art.

One of these hand-drawn mugs filled with coffee, tea, or hot chocolate would make a great winter gift, but there are plenty of other uses, too — I might use one as a jewelry holder and another to spruce up my desk. - Maddie

  • White mugs (I got mine from a dollar store)
  • Oil-based Sharpies — regular sharpies will wash off!
  • An oven
Step 1: Remove any labels from mugs. Step 2: Draw away! Step 3: Place finished mugs in the oven and set at 350 degrees. The oven needs to warm up while the mugs are inside. Bake for 20-30 minutes. Let cool. Tips: 1. Practice drawing designs on paper a few times before attempting to draw on the mug. 2. A cotton swab dipped in water erases any mistakes (just wipe off immediately). 3. Hand-wash mugs to ensure your designs don't fade. Did you like this story? You’ll probably like these as well!
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  • Michelle on

    I’ve also given the markers to my girls (with my supervision, lest they point the sharpies at each other) and let them draw all over the mugs.

    One question, does baking ensure these are dishwasher safe? we didn’t go that route and the designs eventually faded after 2 or 3 times in the dishwasher.

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