DIY Sharpie Mugs – dishwasher safe!

The DIY Sharpie mug is all over Pinterest lately. Loving personalized gift-giving, I had to try it too! I did a bit of research, and read other’s accounts of successes and failures before deciding to try it myself. What a perfect inexpensive, yet thoughtful, gift! I made them for my boys’ teachers.

I have tried scratching at the finished product after the oven baking, and again after a run through the hot, steamy dishwasher. The ink didn’t budge!! SUCCESS!

There seem to be a couple tricks. The first one is using the oil based sharpies. I believe the regular sharpies would work for something decorative that wouldn’t be through a dishwasher cycle, but for these I wanted to make sure they’d stand up to every day use.

The second trick is baking them hotter a tad longer. I went with 425* for 40 minutes, instead of the popular 350* for 30.

I bought a pack of two (gold and silver) oil-based sharpies at Michael’s with a 50% off coupon. Don’t you just love those coupons? The silver came out great. The gold turned into a bronze after being in the oven. I didn’t buy the cheapest mugs I found because I found a couple I really liked and wanted the wonderful teachers to as well. They’re Better Homes & Gardens brand from Wal-Mart. I couldn’t find the font I liked in their scrapbooking section, so I bought those at Michael’s (on sale for 40% off!).

Here’s some pictures of the process and finished products.

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I washed the mugs thoroughly in hot water and Dawn. I dried them very well. Then I centered my letters, smoothing them with my fingernail to make sure they were on well.

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I chose my marker and began dotting around the letters. You could really do any kind of pattern you like. I almost wish I found teaching quotes and used smaller letters. Maybe I’ll make more. πŸ˜‰

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I let the mugs cure for 24 hours before baking, so they aren’t a super quick finish project, and it definitely took some time to complete the dotting.

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Don’t forget to remove your stickers before baking! They came off quite easily, but make sure the paint is totally dry first.

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We’re quite the Harry Potter fans around here… I had an extra mug so I thought I would make one to *ahem* test the durability… πŸ˜‰ The other side of the HP mug says “Accio Coffee”.

My boys were so excited by these mugs when they got home, I might just have to make them each their own personalized mug for Christmas too!!!

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