DIY Sharpie Christmas Mugs

Cute and easy craft. And perfect gift for Christmas!
You will need:
– oil based sharpie (water resistant)
– image/ letters templates (I just googled what I needed :))
– carpet knife or nail scissors (or both)
– ceramic mug
-painters tape or regular scotch tape
I asked hubby (oh so nicely:)) to cut out images and letters from the templates.(‘I’m not the man for the job’. My hands shake like crazy when I have to do something precise!).
You can use sharp nail scissors or carpet knife, whatever works better for you. Hubby used carpet knife.
I used painters tape to attach stencils to the mug and I was ready for ART ;)
Filling in the stencils is the best part!
You can make some adjustments to your drawing after you remove the stencil.It’s good to remove the stencil just right after you finish drawing. It’s easier to modify,when image is still wet.
Lots of stories going around when it comes to oven baking the mugs.
I read some tips here and decided to go with advice no 7:
- I used cheap mugs (£0.87 for a mug- score!)
– I put mugs in a cold oven
– I turned oven to 450 F (230 C)
– I baked mugs for 40 minutes( I gave my oven 10 min to reach 450 F)
– I left mugs in closed oven
– I let mugs cool in the oven for about 15 min
– I cracked oven open and left mugs inside for a night (I almost didn’t, because roast waited to be… well, roasted and eaten :))
And voilà!
Happy Crafting :)

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Have a question about this project?

3 questions
  • Sto9987562
    on Oct 10, 2016

    Did you find the sharpie ink came off, when washed? Or does the oven set it?

    • Mila Myk
      on Mar 7, 2017

      If you use oil based sharpie, you should be fine :) Never tried air drying, sounds good!

  • Judith Kalenich Brinkman
    on Feb 26, 2017

    Oil based Sharpies - I did not know there were other than the regular Sharpies. It just says permanent marker on mine.

    • Mila Myk
      on Mar 7, 2017

      I think producers clearly state when sharpie is oil based. It sound like you have a regular one.

  • Miss HAv
    on Jun 13, 2019

    how do you know which markers are oil based?...mine just says 'permanent marker' ?

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  • Mary
    on Oct 10, 2016

    Won't come off with washing in a dishwasher?

    • Mila Myk
      on Oct 10, 2016

      Depending on the sharpie. If it's old and dried it may come off. It's better to buy new ones for this craft :)

  • Mario
    on Oct 10, 2016

    What I did was, signed the mugs several times around with the sharpie, verticaly. The signature looks like columns. I have three of them at my office, and because that, everybody knows they are mine.

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