DIY/Craft | Sharpie Mugs

By: Katrina Honer

If you, like me, are an avid tea and coffee drinker, there’s nothing like the perfect mug to drink your morning brew out of. With so many cool coffee mugs out there, I really wanted a mug that represented me so I decided to try and design one myself.

DIY sharpie mugs are the perfect gift to give for any occasion and are so easy to personalize! The best part is that your design will not wash away.

I tested out two great tutorials I found on Pinterest to create two different sharpie mug types: Image overlay and monogram.

Supplies for image overlay mug:

  • Plain white mug – cheaper one are always better!
  • Printed picture of a cute image
  • Pencil
  • Pen
  • Tape
  • Oil based sharpies – regular sharpies will NOT work
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Q-tips
  • Oven

Optional: Graphite transfer paper

1. Grab your mug and if it is dirty or oily, wipe it down with rubbing alcohol to remove grease, dirt and oils. It will help to ensure the sharpie sticks better too. They say the cheaper mugs are always better since they have less gloss; it will also ensure the sharpie sticks easily.


2. Print out an image of your choosing, adjusting the size as needed to ensure it fits your mug.


3. With a pencil, shade the back of your image.

4. Tape the image to mug, with the shaded side down, making it as flat as possible.

5. Trace the outline with a sharp pen. This will transfer the image to the mug so you can then color it in with the sharpie.

*Another option is to cut out a piece of graphite transfer paper to the same size of your image and tape both down to the mug and then proceed tracing.

6. Remove the image and begin coloring in with sharpie.


7. Clean any smudges or provide a touch up with a cotton swab and rubbing alcohol.


8. Once your mug has dried, turn your oven on to 350 degrees and immediately place your mug inside. Leave to bake for 30 minutes, and turn the oven off. Do not remove mug until a few hours later. (Allowing it to cool with the oven will avoid the mug from cracking due to the temperature change).


9. Presto! You’re now ready to face the day with your favorite cup of joe.

Verdict: This tutorial really works! Next time I think I will use a less detailed image because due to the size I made it to fit the mug, it was a little bit difficult to color in since I did not purchase fine point oil based sharpie pens. Since I put so much hard work into designing my mug, I opted to hand wash my mug, instead of using a dishwasher, where the design did not wash away.


Try out this DIY sharpie mug tutorial yourself and share with us your creations on Instagram using the hashtag #ieshineon.

Check out my video below of how to do the monogram mug!

Image overlay sharpie mug credit to The Cozy Old FarmHouse.

Monogram sharpie mug credit to Glued To My Crafts.