Have you seen all the cute ideas for homemade Sharpie mugs? There are just about every where. I was dying to try this for myself. I just adore handmade personalized gifts. Two of my children do not have common names. So finding anything with their name on it is a challenge. Let’s just say, when I decided to name them, my first thought was not will their name be available in gift shops? We have mugs in the house, but only one of the kids has a personalized mug with their name on it. I decided to make all of them personalized mugs with their initial on them using their favorite colors.
The stores around here had the little five pack Sharpie oil based marker set, but I wanted more! So I went to the best shopping place around and found a pack of 15 Sharpie Oil Based Markers (affiliate link). There were so many colors for so many projects. I think 15 will be enough for now.
Custom Sharpie Mugs
Materials for Sharpie Marker Mugs
Oil Based Sharpie Markers (In favorite colors) (affiliate link)
Mugs of your choice
How to make Custom Sharpie Mugs
1. First pick out the mugs. The Dollar store is a great start. They did not have three matching white mugs in my store. It is a small store. So I went to my favorite place Ikea. Next clean the surface of the mug where you are going to place the sticker. I used a little homemade glass cleaner and washed them off.
2. Next if do not have your markers at this point, stop and order them here. (affiliate link) Find some vinyl letters with the initials or design you want or you can use stickers. Here is something to think about, if you are designing a mug for a right handed person, be sure the handle is on the left side when placing your sticker. So the initial will face out when they are drinking. This just may be the OCD part of me. Do this in reverse for a left handed person.
3. Carefully place the stickers on the mug. Be sure to get out any air bubbles for a smooth clean letter on the front of the mug.
4. Outline the sticker with little tiny dots using the Sharpie markers a few spaces apart. Leave enough room to add more. I started about a space between the dots then I went out three spaces then more and more space until the front of the mug was covered. I found 3 colors to be a good combination. For a little flare, make one color shiny with a gold or silver. Once you are done see if you need to add a few dots here and there to make the design complete. Let the paint dry for about 30 min to an hour.
5. Before baking carefully remove the vinyl letters. Bake the Sharpie Mugs in the oven at 350 for 40 min. I found many different times online for this, so I decided longer is better.
6. Wrap up the Sharpie mugs and give as gifts. I have only hand washed these to this point with no issues. See update below. I am going to test on a separate mug and run through the dishwasher to see if the design will stay on these Sharpie mugs. I will update this post to let you know.
My kids loved to get their personalized Sharpie mugs. I am making these mugs for everyone I know, just don’t tell anyone. These would be perfect for a teacher’s gift, Mother’s Day gift or Father’s Day gift. You can even use the oil based Sharpie markers on wine glasses for this design technique. These Sharpie mugs will make the perfect gift for any occasion and on any budget.
UPDATE: This L cup was accidentally put on the bottom shelf and washed in the dishwasher. I cringed when I saw it there. I just knew it had been ruined. But it came out perfectly clean and no dots were gone. It still looks the exact same. These are bottom rack dishwasher safe. (I still put them in the top rack just as a precaution)
Do you enjoy making personalized gifts?