DIY mug: Use BIC permanent markers rather than sharpies. bake at 425 for  30minutes

DIY Permanent Marker Mug

DIY MUGIf you’ve got a Pinterest account, then I’m sure you’re familiar with the DIY Sharpie Mug. Unless of course you are The Big J and only go on Pinterest twice a year to check out your wife’s “I’ll have what she’s having” board (this way he gets to choose a gift that we both know I will love – win win really).  Well the DIY permanent marker mug has been on my list of things to do for absolute yonks! Although I did get around to giving it a go a while back, it was a massive fail (right up there with Madonna’s acting career if you know what I mean). So after that, I’ve just been sitting on this project, wanting to have another shot at it, but too afraid of failure. But finally, I did it! And I’m so happy with the outcome!

Sure, it’s not perfect, but you know what? I don’t give a fig! I really love that imperfect finish that can only be achieved when something is handmade. Like this DIY permanent marker mug.

Just so there’s no confusion, I bought the mug and decorated it. See that HELLO? That was me. Woot woot *happy dance*.

I’ve made three mugs all up (well four really but the first mug, as mentioned, was a MASSIVE failure and has already been donated to charity…) and the bold typography on the HELLO mug is my favourite by far.


For under $6 ($2.45 for the mug & $3.29 for a pack of three markers) this is a very economical DIY project. And if Rei Baby was old enough, I’d have her drawing one of those cute-but-shitballs-weird kiddy drawings on to a mug too. One day, I WILL be able to exploit her for her crazy kid drawings. One day…

DIY Permanent Marker Mug Requirements
  • Mug
  • Permanent Marker

Most of the online tutorials use a Sharpie pen but I think that the brand is irrelevant (cudos to Sharpie for an amazing campaign) and any permanent marker will do. Considering that I used a Bic – Mark It permanent marker, I hope that my theory is right. In case you’re wondering though, I have washed my mugs a few times and they are still in perfect condition. As I don’t have a dishwasher, I’m unable to dishwasher test them, so if anybody does make them and tries them in a dishwasher, let me know.

Before you start your project, make sure the mug is completely clean of any labels, glue or other marks. Once it has been baked in the oven, chances are those other marks will become permanent too. So give them a good scrub.

Using your permanent marker, have some fun and draw patterns, pictures, typography, names or whatever you want. I went free hand on my DIY permanent marker mugs, but if you prefer, feel free to trace the image on (to do this, draw your image on a piece of paper, use a 2b pencil to cover the reverse-side of the image, then lay the paper over the mug and trace over your image. A faint outline, from the pencil on the reverse-side of the paper, will be transferred to the mug).

Once you are happy with the design, bake in the oven at 210ºc for thirty minutes. I baked my DIY permanent marker mug at the end of the day and when the thirty minutes was up, I simply turned off the oven and left the mugs to cool down over night.

As handmade projects go, I think this DIY permanent marker mug is such a cool and economical gift. So who will be getting and DIY permanent marker mug from me this Christmas? Umm… *awkward shuffle* Nobody… These are part of our funky decor make-over on a budget

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