Baa-Humbug Sharpie Mug

4 Days

I love a good holiday mug for enjoying hot cocoa and eggnog, but one with Santas and glitter and all the noise-noise-noise surrounding the holidays just won't do for me. To be honest, I'm kind of a humbug.
When I spotted a pretty gray mug at Target, I decided I'd craft my own humbug-appropriate mug using oil Sharpies. Here's how you can make one, too!
baa humbug sharpie mug, crafts, how to
For your own custom mug, you will need:
-a ceramic, glazed mug (I got this lovely grey number at Target for $2)
-Sharpie OIL markers (must be oil--find them at Hobby Lobby)
-paper and pencil (to practice your design)
-Masking Tape
-Rubbing alcohol
-Cotton balls
baa humbug sharpie mug, crafts, how to
Decide how big you want your design to be and cut a strip of paper that size. Place the paper over the surface of the cup to see how everything will fit. If the size is to your liking, move to the next step!
baa humbug sharpie mug, crafts, how to
Remove any labels, dirt and finger oils from the surface with a cotton ball dampened with rubbing alcohol. Dry surface with a dry cotton ball.
baa humbug sharpie mug, crafts, how to
Using strips of masking tape, "cordon" off the spot for your first design, or in my case, the word "HUM." This will keep you whole design centered and your lines even.
baa humbug sharpie mug, crafts, how to
My designs were free-handed but I looked online for inspiration for the sheep. Rubber stamps don't work well at all on ceramic but the fonts are easy to see and copy by hand.
baa humbug sharpie mug, crafts, how to
Don't like what you drew or wrote? Quickly erase it with the damp cotton ball and start again. The sheep took me several tries but I was eager to see my design through to the end. HUMBUG!
baa humbug sharpie mug, crafts, how to
The HUM and ladybug were easier.
baa humbug sharpie mug, crafts, how to
I even had a ladybug visit my table while I worked. Hello there!
baa humbug sharpie mug, crafts, how to
Once your design is to your liking, allow the paint to dry for 3 days. This time allows the paint to fully cure before baking. (And after all the drawing and erasing, you'll want your design to last!)
baa humbug sharpie mug, crafts, how to
After 3 days, bake the cups like so:
-Place mugs in a cold oven
-Set oven temperature to 350
-Once the oven reaches 350, bake the mugs for 30 minutes.
-After the 30 minutes, turn off the oven and allow the oven and mugs inside to fully cool.
baa humbug sharpie mug, crafts, how to
And you're done!
As far as care, pretend your Sharpie mug is like one of your china cups. This means:
-Don't wash in dishwasher
-No microwaving
-Drink with one pinky out
I am IN LOVE with my new mug. Not a bad craft for a humbug. For more on this tutorial, visit the link below!
And for even more fabulous craft ideas, visit the hashtag
Leilani Smith

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


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3 of 6 questions
  • Ragianne
    on May 6, 2017


    • Susan Holloway
      on Nov 12, 2018

      I think it's just better to err on the side of caution. If there is any type of metal in the paint pens you don't want to microwave of course. It might be ok for a while in the dishwasher(remember, top rack only to be safe) but might wear off over time. I suggest getting one and doing it as a see what happens. My daughter's mug that she decorated with permanent sharpies wore off over a few washings but it wasn't with the paint pens nor was it cured in the oven.

  • Pamela Hudgins
    on Oct 2, 2017

    Could I use mason jars instead of coffee mug?

  • Jenjack
    on Dec 4, 2017

    I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong. Anytime I use a black sharpie oil based marker it chips off of the mug. I bake it for 30 minutes at 350° and then turn it off and let it completely cool. Also most of my other colors fade or change. I failed on countless mugs and I’m about to give up! What am I doing wrong?

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