DIY Sharpie Mugs – 7 Do’s & Don’ts!

DIY Sharpie Mugs – 7 Do’s & Don’ts!

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DIY Sharpie mugs have been so popular, haven’t they?! I’ve had some people tell me they don’t work, and I’m here to help you through the process so that it WILL work.

It’s not up to chance if it works for one person and not for another. There are SEVERAL factors involved in making a truly permanent DIY Sharpie Mug. By the time you get through this list of Do’s & Don’ts, you’ll know just what to do to make a great one. 😉

 

Here are 7 tips to remember when making a DIY Sharpie Mug:

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This first tip is THE MOST IMPORTANT tip of all, I promise. If you don’t choose the right mug, the rest of the process doesn’t even matter. 

This past Christmas, I tested this as I was making several mugs for sisters, sisters-in-law, parents, and grandparents. I had an assortment of mugs, and I tested as I went to figure out the perfect formula for getting the mugs right.

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Mug on left has lots of glaze…mug on right is more matte.

Without a doubt, the mugs that did NOT do well were the very shiny, lots-of-glaze mugs I used. The glaze would bubble up and leave ‘holes’ in my design!

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Too much glaze causes bubbling and cracking.

I tried low temps and high temps with the well-glazed mugs — it IS possible to get it to stay on, if you bake at around 200 for a couple of hours, but the paint marker still does a weird bubbly, crackly kind of thing that could be prevented by using a different kind of mug. (see photo below)

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So — search for a more ‘matte’ kind of mug that’s not super-shiny, high-glaze. It will definitely work out a lot better for you!

 

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This second tip also is very important — the Sharpie can’t adhere to the glaze on the mug if there is dirt or even just oil from your fingers on it.

You’ll want to be sure you clean it with rubbing alcohol and cotton balls first so it’s completely clean of oil and dirt.

 

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I can tell you from experience that a regular Sharpie, baked or unbaked, will just wash right off the mug.

You HAVE TO use an oil-based paint Sharpie. This will help make your design permanent.

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After you’ve designed the mug in oil-based Sharpie, you’ll need to let the design dry for at least 24 hours. I usually let mine dry for a day or two on a shelf just to be sure. 🙂 Don’t bake immediately after drawing your design onto the mug.

 

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After 24 hours, when your design is dry, place your mug into a cold oven, THEN turn the heat on so the mug slowly heats up with the oven.

If you preheat the oven and then put the mug into the preheated oven, your mug could easily crack!

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Matte mugs (low glaze) do well for DIY Sharpie mugs!

 

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Once you’ve placed the mug into the cold oven, turn the oven to 300 degrees F. and set the timer for 1.5-2 hours.

There’s no exact time for this, because how quickly ovens heat up varies. You’ll want to leave the mug in for at least an hour and a half.

If your oven heats up very quickly, an hour and a half is fine….if your oven takes a while to preheat, give it 2 hours to be safe.

I found in my experience that if the glaze on the mug heats up too quickly, it will bubble up – with your design – and leave weird holes in your design.

(You can see in the photo below that the extra-shiny mug didn’t do well. :-/)

Just stick with a lower temperature….but give it plenty of time so the glaze gets hot enough to bond with the glaze.

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You can see that the shiniest mug turned out the worst. :-/

 

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Once your mug has baked, just turn the oven off and let the oven and mug cool down.

Letting this happen slowly helps the glaze and Sharpie bond. 

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4 Comments

  1. Rachel Barkowski, such an amazing ideas to start a blog on different niches. Really an useful post with clean and clear details. Thanks for sharing this post. Keep sharing.

  2. Hi Rachel. This is a great resource! Thanks for sharing you tips and tricks. We’ve included it in ou latest craft ideas roundup 🙂 https://craftylikegranny.com/hand-made-craft-rocks/ Cheers Jodie

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