Superstar This project was by Crafty Superstar #104: Vivid Please!

About this project

Nice 'n' Simple
Create your own masterpiece with a mug and a marker. Customizing at its best!

We love to have quirky items in our little studio (Vivid HQ), and love a bit of customizing on the cheap. This simple project uses a sharpie marker and an old and boring mug. Who knew that the two combined to create the greatest homeware of all time?!



You Will Need

Almost Nothing

  1. How to make a cup / mug. Decorating Mugs & Plates With A Sharpie Marker - Step 1 1

    As you can see, I have this incredible mint green mug, which really is Vivid-tastic, but it is crying out for a little bit of love. This tutorial is perfect for up-cycling and refreshing your home-wears without breaking the bank and it takes only 30 minuits to do. Sounds brilliant, right? Well then, lets get on with it!

  2. How to make a cup / mug. Decorating Mugs & Plates With A Sharpie Marker - Step 2 2

    All you need is your plate or mug (or anything ceramic for that matter!), a Sharpie marker pen and an oven.
    Start by giving your little project a quick wash with soap and water, and dry it off completely. Then, draw your design on using a pencil to start with. Some guidance is always useful with these things, especially if it is rounded or shaped funny.

  3. How to make a cup / mug. Decorating Mugs & Plates With A Sharpie Marker - Step 3 3

    When you're happy with it, use your Sharpie marker to draw over your incredible design.
    See here, I have gone with my Tea-Total banner. Classic :D
    If you make any mistakes you can easily wipe it off with a little bit of wet kitchen roll.
    Awesome, I know!

  4. How to make a cup / mug. Decorating Mugs & Plates With A Sharpie Marker - Step 4 4

    Then, when you're done, pop it in the oven for 30 minutes at 180 degrees celsius...

    Baking your lovely creation will make the ink permanent, so be sure you are good to go before you heat it up. You will need to let it cool down for some time after it has finished in the oven as it will be as hot as the sun! Make sure you use some gloves to take it out too as you don't want to burn your hands with your new project either...

    Once it has cooled, you will have an awesome decorated mug!

  5. How to make a cup / mug. Decorating Mugs & Plates With A Sharpie Marker - Step 5 5

    What do you think? I say we're going to have the coolest crockery in town!

    So, next time you are looking for a quick and easy gift for your best mate without wanting to break the bank, you know what to do :)

    Happy Making!

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Antionette V.
Antionette V.

What if you don't have an oven? Are microwaves okay?

Hayley S
Hayley S · London, , GB · 76 projects

Are they dishwasher friendly?

danieljossen · Ebikon, Lucerne, CH · 3 projects

i dont think so. i just painted one of my cups and put it in the diswasher... now its white again...

Cyanide Sweetheart
Cyanide Sweetheart · US · 23 projects

That sounds really neat for mugs or decorative plates. I wonder how food safe the ink, even baked, would be...?

Cinnamon S.
Cinnamon S. · Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, MY · 8 projects

Very cool!! I just bought some Sharpie pens today so might try this out and pop it into the oven :)

Weetamoo · 1 project

In my experience, sharpie pens are not very permanent, even on plastic.

Joanne N.
Joanne N. · Calgary, Alberta, CA · 32 projects

Does it have to be a sharpie marker? Or can it be any permanent marker? And do you think the sharpie rub a dub marker would work?

Hannah of An Old Story
Hannah of An Old Story · Madison, Wisconsin, US · 12 projects

Hi! I would like to let you know that I've included this great project in a "Homemade Gift Guide" post on my blog. Thanks for sharing your talent! :)

Jessica B.
Jessica B. · Chewelah, Washington, US · 24 projects

Mine washed off almost completely after 3 runs in the dishwasher :(

Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs
Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs · Toronto, Ontario, CA · 3 projects

maybe you didn't bake it long enough? I don't know, just guessing...

Cyanide Sweetheart
Cyanide Sweetheart · US · 23 projects

Most likely not dishwasher safe. Since ceramics are generally baked at much higher temperatures in kilns above 180 degrees, a high heat wash in a dishwasher would wear away the artwork. Probably best to handwash your wares.

Weetamoo · 1 project

Does the baking working on glass, like a mason jar?

Cyanide Sweetheart
Cyanide Sweetheart · US · 23 projects

Potentially the only risk I would think of is the glass not being heat safe and shattering. Proceed with caution!

Raven W.
Raven W. · AU · 70 projects

Have you had any problems with this method? My wife has a Doctor Who picture mug of 'her' Doctor, and she's going to be seeing him at a con in Feb, so I suggested getting him to sign it, but I don't want to ruin the mug

lilkitten2000 · Roseburg, Oregon, US · 9 projects

thanks so much! I am really gonna do this!

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