Good morning! Hope your week is going well. Mine has been ramping up again since I’m expecting visitors this weekend, so I want to get a lot of housework done. I have a feeling I’ll be needing some naps this weekend…
I’m sure you’ve heard about the Sharpie mugs before. Well, I gave it a go and I was pretty pleased with the results. It’s not too complicated to make, you just have to make sure to use the right materials.
- oven-safe mug, mine is from TJ Maxx
- oil-based Sharpies, mine are from Michaels
- graphite pencil
- stencil, or freehand design
First up, come up with a design. I just made a quick layout on the computer and printed it off “Grandparents est 2016”. Simple and to the point. It was a gift I made for Ryan’s parents, who drink coffee all day long. Once printed off, draw a good layer of graphite on the back of the design.
Next, tape the layout onto the mug where you want it.
Once in place, trace the design using good pressure. As you can see, I wasn’t too neat about it, but you can be as precise as you want to.
Remove the layout and you should have a faint trace of the design on the mug.
Carefully and with patience, slowly go over the design and fill in as necessary with the sharpie pen. My pen wasn’t brand new, since I’ve had it for a while, but it didn’t fully fill in, you can still see some of my “stokes” in the lettering. Not a deal breaker for me, but just letting you know that it won’t turn out as if professionally printed.
Let it dry fully, a few hours and then bake. Place on top of a cookie sheet in a cold oven. Set the oven to 400 degrees. Once it reaches 400, bake for 30 minutes. Turn off oven and let mug cool inside the oven until back at room temperature.
At this point, it should be ready to go. The next morning, I gave it a test run with some dish soap and a a sponge and it worked just fine. Although the mug is dishwasher safe, I didn’t try it. But at least I know it will withstand hand cleaning.
The possibilities are endless!
Have a good day!