DIY Personalized Sharpie Mugs

DIY Sharpie Mugs

Sharpies aren’t always a parent’s best friend, but in this case, we couldn’t resist using them! Grab your favorite Sharpie markers and make some fun customized mugs for this winter’s drinks! This is a craft the whole family will want to get in on.

DIY Sharpie Mugs

What You Need

  • White ceramic mugs
  • Sharpie markers
DIY Sharpie Mugs

Step 1
Wash your mugs thoroughly with soap and water. Get all the grime and dust off to ensure the markers stick to the mugs well.

DIY Sharpie Mugs

Step 2
Once the mugs are clean, it’s time to decorate! Pick your favorite colors of Sharpies and go to work. Please keep in mind that some colors will darken slightly during the baking process. Choose wisely! Also keep in mind that you don’t want to draw on the rim or on the inside of the mug—just on the outside and away from where your mouth will touch the mug.

DIY Sharpie Mugs

Step 3
Bake the mugs in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Then shut off the oven and let them cool down.

And you’re done! Enjoy your new mugs with some hot cocoa.


  • I have made these before and washed them in a dishwasher. I can’t speak for all mugs but the ones I used fared well.

  • These need to be baked hotter – 425° F and you must use oil-based sharpies for the designs to truly be permanent.

  • I am curious as to just what I am doing wrong…we have tried this twice and the marker starts to wash off when the dishes are cleaned. In fact we can just scrap it off :(

  • does using oil paint solve the problem of the colors changing? i used yellow and it changed to a weird orange-y color.

  • Something I haven’t seen anywhere…when we test baked one of our mugs for the allotted time….our house STUNK of the melting glaze (or whatever was cooking). All I’m thinking is I’ve poisoned my family. I’m just going to make sure I hand wash and be careful around the area with the Sharpie.

  • I have baked these twice and the design is still coming off. I cleaned them inside and out before applying designs, I am using oil based Sharpies. Any more suggestions that would work?

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