DIY Sharpie Mug

This winter I taught a new course called Pinspired Projects.
Let me tell you…
it was epic!

We created a ton of great projects ~ all inspired by Pinterest!
You can follow our class this spring and check out our Spring Pinspired Projects board.
Or if you are local, register for the spring session now!

The participants voted on which projects they would like to create for the final two classes.  
DIY Sharpie Mugs won by a landslide.

And I thought… oh shoot! 

1.  Sharpie mugs seemed like a fast project ~ they couldn’t possibly take two hours of class time and
2.  They came with a lot of mixed reviews ~ half of the pins reported the sharpie washing right off.

So before class I did some recon and read a bunch of DIY sharpie posts.  Most of the successful posts used special porcelain or painting sharpies.  But all of the posts called for baking the mug at 350° for 30 minutes.

I tried it.  Purchased a mug from the dollar store, drew on it and baked it for 30 minutes at 350°.  I took it to class and said “alright ladies, here is the test”.  I grabbed a damp wash cloth and gave the mug a bit of a wash.  The image came right off!  But it was okay because we found a technique that DID work…

DIY Sharpie Mug

And that was to place the mug in the oven, turn the oven on to 350°, bake for 2 hours and allow the mug to cool in the oven.  This method worked with regular old sharpies and three variations of “ceramic” mugs and plates.  Ones that were more shiny than others and not necessarily ceramic.  When scrubbed with a damp cloth the image stayed on! Whoop whoop!

DIY Sharpie Mug

So participants sketched ideas and drew images onto three or four mugs/plates/bowls each.  Then took them home to bake.  I was pleasantly surprised at how great this class turned out!

That’s what I love about this Pinspired Projects course ~ we get to test and try out a ton of our favorite pins!

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  1. Nejia Arif Sultan says

    Hey, nice design, but I want to say that most of the people have told that baking them for 30 minutes and let them cool can also pass the test. Let me know more about it madam. Pleasure.

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