Sharpie Mugs!

If you’re an avid “Pinterest-er” like I am, you have definitely seen Sharpie mugs.  They are so cute, completely customizable, and a perfectly reasonable gift!  However, if you dig a little bit deeper, you’ll find that it’s not as easy as you’re first led to believe. 
It seems that you can simply use a standard Sharpie to create your design on a dollar store mug, pop the mugs in the oven, and call it good.  You definitely can, but be sure you DO NOT get the portion of your mug that is Sharpie’d wet.  And definitely do not scrub it!  Yes, it will come right off.
So, here’s some tips I found to make sure that all your hard handiwork doesn’t get lost in the soap and water:
1. Make sure you use an oil-based paint Sharpie. {you can still use any type of mug – I got mine at Wal*Mart}
{the beginning of one of my designs}
2. Place your mugs in the oven when the oven is room temperature. 
{all finished and ready for the oven}
 3. Heat the oven to 350 degrees, then set the timer for 30 minutes.
4. After the 30 minutes, turn your oven off and let it return to room temperature with the mugs inside {I just created/heated mine in the evening so I could let them set overnight in the oven}.
5. Place painters tape over the top of the mug.
6. Seal your design with a spray sealant.  There are a few options – just make sure that the can says it can be used on ceramics.  My suggestion would be to use a glossy finish – so that the sprayed finish will be consistent with the inside of the mug.

Here are my mugs all finished!  I chose to do two sets of 3 mugs for two of my girlfriends!

Hope you’re inspired to give it a try!


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