Monday 20 March 2017

Sharpie Mugs!

Sharpie mugs are one of those things you see a lot of on Pinterest when looking for homemade gift ideas but I've always been a bit dubious of how they'd turn out. On trying them I've found they are actually super easy to do and really effective! 

Completed mugs decorated with sharpies

Fancy giving them a try for yourself? Well, here's how!

You will need

  • Paper template if you don't want to do your design completely freehand 
  • Blu-tack or tape
  • Plain mug (75p @ Wilko)
  • Sharpie (£1.59 @ Rymans)
  • Hot oven

Equipment listed

Start by making your lettering either by hand or by computer. You can obviously do whatever wording you want and for any occasion but I just went with the standard Mum for a Mother's Day theme. When you've cut out your letters space them out on your mug, securing them with blu-tack or sello tape. 

Paper lettering attached to a mug

Decorate with the Sharpie, ensuring you get close to the letters so they are clear when you remove them. 

Mug being decorated around the lettering

Mug being decorating around the lettering

I went with dots but Joseph, with Daddy's supervision, went for freehand squiggles. 

Lettering removed showing the word mum  

Lettering removed from the mug showing the word mum

Daddy and child decorating a mug together

Although we did mark around the letters on his just in case they weren't clear when the template had been removed.

I then baked them on my hottest oven setting for 30 minutes, switching off the oven and leaving to cool until the morning.

The result was these! 

Two mugs decorated

Two mugs decorated with the word mum

They aren't about to win awards but personally I think they're a cute and unique little gift to make with the kids!

Why not give them a try for yourself?

Little boy holding up the decorated mug   Little boy holding up a decorated mug


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  1. What an amazing idea! I'm going to go get myself some plain mugs this week and give it a go :) #dreamteam

  2. Such a great idea for kids of all ages (and mums too!) #brillblogposts

  3. Such a fab crafting idea! #sharingthebloglove

  4. What a simple and cheap craft - and I love the end result, it's really cute! I'm sure any Mum would love to get one of those for mother's day. Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  5. I love these, the dots are so effective! I have seen sharpie mugs a lot but never dared do them myself. Do the colours stay well after washing? It might make a good teacher present at the end of the year! #sharingthebloglove

  6. What a lovely idea. I think they look really cute and I would love to receive these from my girls. A nice easy craft to do too. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  7. What a lovely simple craft to do. Book marked for inspiration as this would work for all ages. Thank you

  8. Wow, so simple but so effective. I'm going to have to give this a try x

  9. They are lovely and so easy! They will definitely be going on our craft list for gifts this year! x #sharingthebloglove

  10. oh that is so cool! #sharingthebloglove

  11. What a lovely idea! #sharingthebloglove

  12. What a lovely personal craft for very little money. I bet your little one was really proud of himself too! #SharingTheBlogLove