Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Being crafty :: Sharpie decorated mugs.

I told you I did a lot of holiday crafting over last weekend.  Since last year, I've gotten to love hand-crafting gifts.  I typically do this for family and for a few reasons.  1) Family can sometimes be the hardest to buy for; 2) Hard work and being handmade means a little more and; 3) It's just plain fun!  I know lots of people have seen these oven baked mugs around Pinterest.  I took this idea and ran with it!


This tutorial is nothing too special, since the entire process is pretty easy.  I don't like to back out on promises of DIY tutorials though!


A few tutorials, such as this one, utilize Porcelaine pens.  I went for the oil-based paint Sharpies.  I read that regular Sharpies didn't hold up with washing, so I went with the oil-based method.  My mugs were picked up at the dollar store for $1/each.


Since I am not very artistic, I really felt the need to sketch my designs prior to going at it with the Sharpie.  I did find that big Sharpie mistakes could easily be scratched off.  Obviously the pencil didn't write great on the ceramic, but it gave me more confidence with my Sharpie tracing than free-hand.  You could also use transfer paper to get designs going, but I wanted to save the money.


This took a LONG time.  It was a meticulous design, but I actually got the inspiration from this Anthropologie mug.  For the second mug, I printed a sketch blog "R" on card stock.  I cut out the letter and traced it onto the mug.  Definitely not as involved as the first.  Also, beware where you hold the mug while drawing.  My fingers wiped off some of the Sharpie a few times before I realized it.  I do love how the design possibilities are endless!


That's it!  I did let the mugs sit overnight before immediately putting them in the oven; however I'm not sure that was necessary.  I totally dropped a mug while getting it out!  It fell on the coils (but didn't break) and left a darker silver line through my "R."  I just touched it up with Sharpie and baked it for another 10 minutes.  Voila!

To be fair, I don't know how these will hold up through washing.  Since they're gifts, I don't want to risk washing and having to completely re-do them.  The mugs alone recommend hand washing, so I think they'll be fine with gentle hand washes.  The Sharpie definitely stays to the touch after baking though.


I also added a sweet little touch to the mugs too :)


11 comments:

YUMMommy said...

These Sharpie designed mugs and plates are the latest DIY craze and I can't wait to try this out with the kids.

Claire Kiefer said...

So funny--I haven't gotten any plain mugs, but I did get some plain white plates from Ikea to do the very same thing with sharpies. I didn't realize they had to be those special sharpies though . . . gonna have to go back to the store. Good idea to trace with pencil beforehand!

GirlieBlogger@Beauty Fashion Blog Seattle said...

Very cool DIY. Love all the creative things you can do with Sharpies.

Taylor said...

Love the designs! I've been meaning to try this DIY for a while!

Heart my Hart said...

so awesome!

Emily R. said...

Very cute! I decorated some mugs with regular Sharpies and they DO NOT wash off. I say this, because I hated the way they turned out, and I was hoping that it would wash off in the dishwasher. No such luck!

Ro said...

I am planning on doing this this weekend for my coworkers... I really want to know how they hold up in the wash! So oil-based sharpies or porcelain pens?? Good to know!

Treasure Tromp said...

these look fabulous!

Laura Darling said...

I can't wait to try this! Yours look awesome!

undomestic mama said...

I've been wanting to try these! Yours turned out so cute.

Tiff Ima said...

OMG I just did this! At a women's retreat haha. We used sharpies though and I am worried about them....

Tiff Ima
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