DIY Sharpie Mug Tutorial

Another DIY Sharpie Mug project? Why yes it is!
I’m sure you’ll find tons of DIY Sharpie Mug tutorials if you just Google: “DIY Sharpie Mug.” But if you happened to come across my blog for that, I appreciate you for checking this tutorial out!
I did my research on which markers work best with these mugs and it’s important to use the oil based Sharpie markers for this project. Some say the regular sharpie markers do work, but I wanted to try out the oil-based Sharpie markers. I looked on Craftaholics Anonymous for the different tips and tricks for making the mug.
This is a super fun and easy project to do. I made the mugs for my co-workers as a gift and I wanted to personalize it with things that they like.
Here are the list of materials you’ll need:
  • $1 Store Mugs
  • Sharpie Oil-Based Markers
  • Pencil
  • Clear Coat Enamel Spray
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Q-tips
  1. Wash your mug to get rid of any dust and oils on it and make sure it’s dry.
  2. Start sketching on your mug by freehanding with your pencil. It was a little hard for me to draw on the mug because of the gloss and the curves of the mug, but feel free to just jump right in with the Sharpie marker instead of using the pencil.
  3. Once you’re all finished sketching, whip out your oil-based Sharpie marker and start outlining the lines you sketched. If you make a mistake, you can grab a Q-tip and dip it in some rubbing alcohol to fix it.
  4. I didn’t bake the mug right away. I waited almost 24 hours to let the markers set.
  5. Put your mug in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. When it’s done preheating, set the timer for 30 minutes.
  7. Once it’s finished, let it cool in the oven before removing.
  8. Spray the clear coat enamel spray and let it dry.


Here are some of the mugs I created. I think they turned out nicely that I almost wanted to keep them all to myself!

It took time for me to freehand the writing and also time looking on Pinterest for different typography styles.

What method did you use to create your DIY Sharpie mug? Was it a win or a fail?

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