Sharpie Mugs

Recently, I taught a Sharpie Mugs class at our library. I brought the Bee along so she could particpate, as well as help me. We had a blast! It was such a fun activity for adults and teens alike.

gift inspiration: Sharpie Mugs

AND they would make great gifts!

gift inspiration: Sharpie Mugs

This one was mine. I took my inspiration from Pinterest, and married two ideas: this one and this one.

gift inspiration: Sharpie Mugs

Really that was the most time consuming part about this project; finding ideas. For the class, I pulled all sorts of interesting design books (the 20 Ways to Draw books- like this one, this one, and this one– are fabulous), and even Henna books, so that people could clarify their vision and get inspiration. I’d say everyone researched ideas for a good 30 minutes. Then I encouraged them all to draw it out on a plain ol piece of paper before attempting to do it on the mugs.

gift inspiration: Sharpie Mugs

I did this one too. Inspired by this pin.

gift inspiration: Sharpie Mugs

This was done by my Bee. She impressed me with her original design. This was one side.

gift inspiration: Sharpie Mugs

And this was the other. It is so happy. I love it.

gift inspiration: Sharpie Mugs

Any mistakes that were made, we just dabbed a little hand sanitizer on a cotton swab and it worked like a charm. There is conflicting info out there about how to set the paint, though. The library sent instructions to bake them, but when I got home and did that, the fumes were so toxic, I had to stop it halfway through (even with all the windows open, and a fan running). I went onto the Sharpie website, and there is no mention of heat setting the oil based paint. So, if we did it again, I would skip that part and see how they held up after washing.

Have you made these? What method did you use?


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7 thoughts on “Sharpie Mugs

  1. Delightful idea Michelle! I bet everyone had a great time creating one of a kind gifts. Kudos to you.

  2. We have made these before, with Dollar Tree mugs and BIC permanent markers (I got that suggestion from Pinterest somewhere). I set them with heat (I don’t remember fumes, but there could have been). They looked so cute….and then we washed them….and the green ink faded right away first. The blue and red fared better, but all the colors showed some signs of fading or smudging with normal use. I would like to do it again–I guess there are other markers out there specifically made for that sort of thing, albeit more expensive (of course). Maybe the degree of success has to do with water/detergent/whateverothervariables there are.

    1. Yes! I had luck with the DecoArt markers, and they held up pretty well. I did throw the cups in the dishwasher, so after a few months they started to fade. I think if you hand wash, it is supposed to be better.

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