Valentine’s Day, the time to celebrate love. Who doesn’t enjoy a nice Valentine’s Day gift?
DIY Sharpie mugs are all the rage now. Personalise your mugs by simply drawing on them!
You will need:
Mugs – these can be any colour, but white works best
Oil based paint Sharpie pens in a selection of colours
Let’s get started!
Pick a Sharpie. For long-lasting results, choose oil-based paint Sharpie markers. Regular Sharpie ink can come off even after baking. Pick a colour to use on your mug. You can stay simple and choose one colour, or be more ambitious and use multiple. If you’re sticking to one colour, then black is usually a good choice, given its striking contrast to the white background of the mug.
Decide what you want to put on the cup, and maybe practice drawing it on a piece of paper before drawing on the mug. Pick a meaningful quote or a cute graphic to decorate the mug with. Then it’s time to start drawing on to the mug.
(Just in case you do accidentally smudge your design or make a mistake and want to remove some paint, all you need is nail polish remover! Put some nail polish remover on a q-tip and gently wipe away the smudge)
Let your mug dry for a few hours or overnight before placing it into the oven. You can also draw over it again if you’d like to make sure the pattern doesn’t come off in the wash. If you draw over it again, be sure to leave it out to dry again before baking.
Now it’s time to bake it.
Place you mugs in a cold oven on a baking tray. Then start preheating the oven to 350°C. By putting the mugs in the cold oven first and allowing them to preheat along with the oven, you reduce the risk of them cracking from sudden changes in temperature. Once the oven is done pre-heating and has reached 350°C degrees, leave the mugs in the oven for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, turn the oven off, but leave the mugs in the oven. Again, you want to let the mugs cool down along with the oven so that they don’t crack from a sudden temperature change.
To take care of your mugs once this method has been complete, you will need to hand-wash the mugs gently instead of throwing it in the dishwasher, as a machine washer may ruin the design.