DIY Painted Mugs That Won't Wash Away

Abi Zimmerman
by Abi Zimmerman
You’ve all heard or read how to draw your own designs on a coffee cup then bake it in the oven to make it permanent. And half of you have probably tried it only to see your beautiful masterpiece wash down the drain – literally – even though you followed all the directions, used an oil-based marker, and gently hand washed the darn thing.
Well I have the secret solution just in time for the Christmas gift-making season – these magical glass markers from DecoArt! I know they don’t look like anything different but I promise they work miracles. I bought mine at Michael’s but you can find them at most craft supply stores or online.
I won’t bore you with a “draw-n-bake” tutorial since they’re all over the internet but I am sharing lots of tips on the blog including one that uses these household items.
I hope you decide to give these markers a try. I’m so happy to finally find something that works although I will admit I haven’t tested any pieces in the dishwasher yet. I’m content to wash mine by hand just to be safe. I’m planning to try some plates next then glass canisters. I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes.

Abi Zimmerman
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  • Krista Krista on Feb 24, 2018
    Are these markers food safe?

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  • Gale Gale on Dec 31, 2016
    I'm dying to try this! I want to make some "positive quote" mugs for myself!

  • LIVAL LIVAL on Jan 18, 2019


    the solution to a dishwasher safe diy mug is to use makers specially designed for porcelain. After being baked, they’ll stay perfect no matter how many times they’re washed in the dishwasher and they’ll be microwave safe too!