A Mug Made with Love

This Valentine’s Day (Wed 14 Feb) why not try a DIY and create your special someone their very own personalized mug!

 I tried this DIY a couple years ago for my parents forChristmas and it worked so well! They also loved the personalized aspect of the gift ?

So I have been online looking for the same instructions but as it was awhile back I can’t really remember what website I got it from but have found a similar one below from PopSugar.


  1. Buy a plain white ceramic mug (I got my parents mugs from The Warehouse for about $4 each).

  2. Pick a permanent marker (sharpies work best). 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.

  3. Clean the mug. Before you begin drawing on your mug, clean the surface with rubbing alcohol and cotton balls. If you don’t clean the mug, the paint may be sitting on top of dirt and grease left by your fingers. This may cause the paint to adhere poorly while baking, which can cause it to wash off later. After you clean the mug, do your best not to touch the surface you plan to paint; hold the mug by the handle if possible.

  4. Start drawing. 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, and get inspired by googling examples of Sharpie mug projects online. (Tip: if you make a mistake, you can wipe it off with rubbing alcohol)

  5. Dry it out. 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.

  6. Bake it. Bake the mug in the oven for 30 minutes at 180°C. Remember to place the mug in the oven before it heats up and leave it in until the oven cools completely so there won't be any cracks. You can choose to bake the mugs twice to really set in the Sharpie drawings.

  7. Care and wash. Hand-wash the mug gently instead of throwing it in the dishwasher, as a machine washer may ruin the design.

Have fun!

 Original post for the DIY instructions from PopSugar


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