How to Make Personalized Sharpie Mugs
Your home is an expression of yourself, shouldn’t your drink-ware be too?
No matter the occasion — birthday, wedding, holiday, or even the time it takes to sip your morning coffee — a personalized mug brightens and delights every time. Can’t find the perfect cup for a Christmas get-together or an Easter party? Make your own!
Grab your tools: a plain mug (any size or color will do), a Sharpie, tape, and a stencil that you either bought or made. If you are going to be adventurous and draw free hand, skip down to Step Five. Although, feel free to check out the stencil tips along the way for future reference.
As a side note: this is might be one of the easier and least material heavy DIYs that turns out just as neat as the next!
If you’re like me and have decided to save your daredevil attitude for another time and create your own stencil, first, print out the desired design, then trace it with an X-Acto knife.
Tape the stencil to the mug, making sure the design is flush with the cup.Tape the first side while holding the other side firmly. Be careful not to rip the stencil in the process — ripped stencils just put a damper on my day. Now tape the next side, adjusting the stencil as you go so that it is as smooth as possible.
Begin filling in your stencil with the Sharpie. Beautify that mug! Hold down the parts of the design template that stick up to ensure the best results.
To make your life easier, especially if you have a complicated (and unruly) stencil, you can fill in only the border of the stencil. Look at that, it’s like making a stencil of a stencil! Remove the stencil and color in your outline. I used a black Sharpie, but feel free to jazz it up with the ever jaw-dropping range of colors Sharpie has to offer.
After the outline is sufficiently Sharpied, let it sit for a few minutes to dry. It’s not going to dry completely that way, so try not to touch the design with your fingers or it will smudge.
Here’s where the magic begins. Bake the mugs at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. No, I’m just kidding about the golden brown thing. No one’s going to eat the mug!
With a mug, a Sharpie, and your imagination, the possibilities are endless. Make a cute holiday gift for your significant other, friend or family member; use it as a weekend project for you and the kids; or even spruce up your bare mugs with some kooky inspiration. Remember: each mug is an expression of limitless creativity!