DIY Sharpie Mug

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With the holidays just around the corner (EEEKKK less than a week until Christmas!!), I’ve spent many hours on pinterest looking up potential gift ideas. In my perfect martha stewart world, I would be giving everyone beautiful gift baskets filled with delicious cookies and hand-made crafts. Unfortunately, of my list of crafts, I only got around to making one of my pins. The Sharpie mug.

 

My co-worker and I were tossing around ideas about what to get our supervisor when we settled on a coffee themed basket. And of course, a custom mug would add the perfect touch! I had envisioned Ontario with a plane flying over top taking some hi-res orthophotography of the province. And since he loves ‘metadata’ so much, we knew we had to incorporate that into the mug somehow. This is what we came up with. mugdraft
After getting really excited about our craft project, we decided to look up craft fails to see how others faired with similar projects. DISASTER. I quickly learned that regular sharpies NO NOT WORK! The consensus seems to be that oil-based paints were the way to go so off I went to Michaels to pick up supplies. I picked up these oil-based Sharpie paint markers for $4/each and this white ceramic mug from Walmart for $3. whitemug
After doing a few practice drawings, we came to the sad realization that our artistic abilities resembled that of a first graders. How is it that things always look WAY BETTER in your head than they do on paper? We decided to try a less ambitious design. Even then… I’m horrified by our inabilities to draw a nice circle. carrie
Here’s what they looked like before putting them in the oven to bake.metamug
We also included one of his famous quotes on the side.operators
While I was at it, I also made a mug for my grams. For this mug, I attempted to draw each of the cousins. I’d say it was moderately successful. grammaMug
The next step was to throw it in the oven to set the paint. Put the mug in and then turn the oven to 350 degrees and once it reaches this temperature, leave it in for another 30 mins. Once your 30 mins is up, leave it in the oven to cool down.
mugbake

So I can’t say for sure how long the design will last but I gave it a quick rinse under water and the paint seemed to stay on ok.

To complete the gift, we picked up a little basket, a bag of coffee from Natas Cafe, and a box of amazing truffles from the Naked Chocolate. Check out my other post for photos from my visit to the Naked Chocolate.

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14 Thoughts to DIY Sharpie Mug

  1. Cat Reply January 17, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Loved that gramma mug! What a cute idea.

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  2. Cat Reply January 17, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Loved that gramma mug! What a cute idea.

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  3. nela Reply July 26, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Hi there, just wanted to tell you, I loved this blog post. Such a cute idea!

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  4. minoucolis.com Reply September 3, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Hi there, just wanted to say, I enjoyed this blog post. It was inspiring. Keep on posting!

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  5. danna Reply September 4, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Those are too cute!

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  6. cosgrovedistributors.com Reply September 4, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I loved this. It was inspiring. Keep on posting!

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  7. cosgrovedistributors.com Reply September 4, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I loved this. It was inspiring. Keep on posting!

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  8. anna Reply January 22, 2014 at 12:23 am

    So how long did the designs stay?? Thanks!

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    • Ngoc Nguyen Reply January 22, 2014 at 12:35 am

      Hi Anna,

      The designs are actually still on there! You can see the design fading near the brim and a few scratches here and there but the designs have stayed on pretty well. She only hand washes it though. I don’t think it would do well in the dish washer.

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  9. anna Reply January 22, 2014 at 12:23 am

    So how long did the designs stay?? Thanks!

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    • Ngoc Nguyen Reply January 22, 2014 at 12:35 am

      Hi Anna,

      The designs are actually still on there! You can see the design fading near the brim and a few scratches here and there but the designs have stayed on pretty well. She only hand washes it though. I don’t think it would do well in the dish washer.

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  10. Queinn Reply December 28, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    I truly appreciate this blog post.Really thank you!

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  11. Jane Reply December 29, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Great!

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  12. MeldaYPrazma Reply October 4, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Do you have any video of that? I’d care to find out more details.

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