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DIY Sharpie Painted Mugs &#; That Won&#;t Wash Away!

DIY Sharpie Painted Mugs - That Won't Wash Away!

DIY Sharpie Painted Mugs &#; That Won&#;t Wash Away!

Hi friends! I&#;m so glad you landed on our &#;How To Make A DIY Sharpie Mug That Won&#;t Wash Away!&#; post! We are going to make some awesome creations together today!

How many of you have seen those Sharpie painted DIY mugs all over Pinterest? Where people take basic Sharpie markers and paint on ceramic dollar store pieces with them? It&#;s such a popular idea right now, especially around the holidays!

These coffee mug tutorials typically just say to write on your mugs with some regular Sharpie markers, bake and you&#;re done. It&#;s the ideal way to get a personalized gift without spending a ton of money.

But how many of you know that the regular Sharpie marker designs will actually wash off in the dishwasher? Yup! I&#;m super sorry to disappoint with that statement but unless you are gently handwashing those DIY coffee mugs, your artistic masterpieces will probably go down the drain, along with all that ink.

Even hand washing will probably make the design go away after time. It&#;s actually a very flawed concept that has taken over the internet!

But no worries! After doing some careful research, I have discovered the DIY Sharpie mug trick that does actually works! Oil based paint pens to the rescue!

Sharpie happens to make these type of OIL-BASED paint pens too and your local craft store will probably have them in stock. I happen to pick up mine in The Home Depot paint aisle, a few months back. They are a bit more pricey than a regular Sharpie, but if you weigh the pros {the whole not wasting your time for it to go down the drain} than it&#;s probably worth it. Invest in the right pens and grab your mugs from Dollar Tree ;) Plus I&#;m sharing a really cute way to monogram those boring mugs. Can we say stellar Christmas presents this year???

Now keep scrolling to see all the Sharpie dishwasher safe details below!

Happy crafting, my friends!!! Don&#;t forget to share pictures of your finished DIY mugs with us on our Facebook page to admire! #gluedtomycrafts

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DIY Sharpie Painted Mugs - That Won't Wash Away!

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* Plain White Mugs &#; one per DIY Christmas mug craft {I found mine for each for $1 at Dollar Tree}
* Oil Based Sharpie Paint Pens
* Scrapbook Letter Stickers
* Electric Oven
* Rubbing Alcohol
* Several Q-tips

FYI &#; if you can&#;t find a sticker like I used in my post, you can always invest in a Cricut maker machine and cut it that way :-)

DIY Sharpie Painted Mugs - That Won't Wash Away!DIY Sharpie Painted Mugs - That Won't Wash Away!DIY Sharpie Painted Mugs - That Won't Wash Away!DIY Sharpie Painted Mugs - That Won't Wash Away!

  • To do a monogram design you will need some letter scrapbook stickers. Pick the monogram/design you want and stick it on your mug. I did a &#;G&#; for our last name.
  • You will want to make sure it&#;s in the right place/angle etc. and as FLAT as possible on the mug. No edges should be lifting up on the mug.
  • Next you will want to make dots ALL around the scrapbook sticker. Follow the directions on the marker packaging to get the paint going. Do some practice dots on some cardboard before hand so you know how much pressure to put down.
  • Once ready, start filling in the area around the sticker with TONS of dots. Really fill in the area so no white space is showing.
  • Add a second color {or a few more} if you like on top of your first round of dots. BTW &#; If you mess up your design, just wipe it all away with some rubbing alcohol on a paper towel.
  • Once you have the design you want on the mug and it&#;s dry enough &#; carefully peel off the scrapbook sticker to reveal your design underneath.
  • Do more touch ups with the paint pens and if you need to, use some rubbing alcohol on a q-tip for the small spots.
  • Next up &#; the baking step. Make sure your area is well ventilated and turn on your oven to
  • Set your mugs inside the oven, on the rake and let them bake for about 30 minutes.
  • Once the 30 minutes is up, turn off the oven and let the mugs cool down inside the oven. I left mine in the oven for a few hours.
  • When done, remove from oven.
  • Wash and then of course, fill and enjoy with your favorite beverage to enjoy.

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DIY Sharpie Painted Mugs - That Won't Wash Away!DIY Sharpie Painted Mugs - That Won't Wash Away!

P.S. &#; we ran my Sharpie painted mugs through the dishwasher the next day and my designs were unharmed. YAY! I&#;m loving this quick DIY mug idea and can&#;t wait to make some specials presents for friends this Christmas season. Wouldn&#;t this be great with some hot chocolate packets and a nice bow tied around the handle? You could even maybe even a coffee shop gift card! So many ways to make your DIY coffee mugs even more personal!

Let me know how your mug painting project goes! You can find us on Facebook or you can tag us on Instagram to show off your Sharpie painted mug creations! I can&#;t wait to hear what you think!!! #gluedtomycrafts

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DIY Sharpie mugs are still all over Pinterest, but do they really work? This step-by-step tutorial shows you how to make them and tells you exactly which markers won’t wash off! Great gift idea!

For the past year or two, I’ve been seeing these Sharpie mugs all over Pinterest. And every time I see them, I think, “those are so cute. I should totally try that! They look SO easy!” But then I started noticing a lot of comments on those Sharpie mug photos, most of them complaining that while these darling little mugs are indeed the easiest craft ever, the marker is not actually wash resistant when applied to ceramic. And who wants a coffee mug they can’t wash?

But then I was on a hunt for some cute mugs for my new office and I couldn’t find a single one I liked, probably because in my head I was envisioning all those cute Sharpie mugs I had been drooling over. A little research helped me figure out how to make them permanent and washable!

I found out that plain old regular Sharpie markers do not work at all for this project. The trick, I discovered, is that the markers must be OIL BASED, not water-based (which regular sharpies are). Thus, if you want to attempt this project, be sure to ONLY do it with the oil-based Sharpie paint markers! 

Even so, as my field testing proved, these cute little mugs will NOT be dishwasher safe. They do just fine with soap and water but the dishwasher means sure and sudden death to all your artistic effort. That said, they really are a fun & easy DIY project, and turn out SO cute without much effort. The possibilities are practically endless, and they would make a fantastic gift idea for just about anyone. (Just make sure to include washing instructions!)


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LWSL reader Ana shared the following comment on Facebook: “I used oil-based paint markers and even after curing them, they smudged when they got too hot. Instead, I bought DecoArt glass paint markers, followed the directions to a T and I have washed it in the dishwasher several times, no smudges or washing off.”

Gather mugs and oil-based Sharpies to make these adorable DIY Sharpie mugs.

Here is what you need:Plain mugSharpie paint oil-based markers or DecoArt glass paint markerspencil (optional)masking tape (optional) 

Use tape to mark off the design areas on your DIY Sharpie Mugs.

Step 1: Wash and dry your mug, if new. Decide on a design and prep design with masking tape, if necessary.

Sketch your designs on your mug with a pencil before you use a Sharpie to fill it in.

Step 2: Use a pencil to rough out a design for any words or lines. Remove masking tape.

Use a fine-tip oil-based marker to draw the designs on your DIY Sharpie mug.

Step 3: Carefully draw your design with Sharpie paint markers.

You can use colored oil-based markers on your Sharpie mug as well.

Step 4: Add accent colors, if necessary.

Once your DIY Sharpie mugs are painted, they simply go into the oven to set.

Step 5: Bake mugs at degrees for 20 minutes to set paint; let cool completely.


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Finally, remember that these will NOT be dishwasher safe! Be sure to hand wash ONLY!

Sharpie mugs are only safe for hand washing. They will fade in the dishwasher.

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Do you have a plain, boring mug that needs a bit of spicing up? Personalize your cups and mugs by drawing on them! You can use them to add personality to your home or even give them as gifts to your loved ones. Here's how to start:

  1. Buy white cups or mugs. You can find them in superstores, thrift stores, dollar stores, and online.
  2. Pick a Sharpie. For long-lasting results, choose oil-based Sharpie paint markers. Regular Sharpie ink can come off even after baking. Pick a color to use on your mug. You can stay simple and choose one color, or be more ambitious and use multiple. If you're sticking to one color, then black is usually a good choice, given its striking contrast to the white background of the mug.
  3. Start drawing. Decide what you want to put on the cup, and maybe practice drawing it on a piece of paper before drawing on the mug. Pick a meaningful quote or a cute graphic to decorate the mug with, and get inspired by mugs that are sold on Etsy or by clicking through the examples we've shared here from Instagram!
  4. Dry it out. Let your mug dry for a few hours or overnight before placing it into the oven. You can also draw over it again if you'd like to make sure the pattern doesn't come off in the wash. If you draw over it again, be sure to leave it out to dry again before baking.
  5. Bake it. Bake the mug in the oven for 30 minutes at °F. Remember to place the mug in the oven before it heats up and leave it in until the oven cools completely so there won't be any cracks. You can choose to bake the mugs twice to really set in the Sharpie drawings.
  6. Care and wash. Hand-wash the mug gently instead of throwing it in the dishwasher, as a machine washer may ruin the design.

Some Sharpie mug DIYers may advise you to spray the mug with acrylic sealing spray to make sure the Sharpie etchings doesn't rub off. I personally didn't want to do that because the spray can be toxic. However, if you decide to go that route, be sure to avoid spraying near the top and on the inside of the mug. You can cover those areas with masking tape to protect them before you spray.

Keep reading to see more cute, creative, funny, and sentimental DIY mug examples for design inspiration. Enjoy!

Additional reporting by Lauren Harano and Tara Block


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