Adorable DIY Sharpie Mug Gift (Plus Free All-Occasion Gift Tags)

You need a teacher gift. Or a thank you gift. Or a present for your mom from her grandkids.

You can’t spend a lot, but you still want it to be special and unique, right?

Here’s the perfect solution: DIY Sharpie mugs.

You know–using special oil-based Sharpies to write a fun design on a plain mug, and then filling it with a gift card or some other treat?

You need a teacher gift. Or a thank you gift. Or a present for your mom from her grandkids. You can't spend a lot, but you still want it to be special and unique. Here’s the perfect solution: DIY Sharpie mugs. They’re an easy, fun, and cheap gift for Teacher Appreciation Day, Mother's Day, Father’s Day, Birthdays, Christmas, Graduation; or as Thank You gifts or Get well soon gifts. Learn the IMPORTANT how tos (you don’t want the writing to wash off!) plus great mug gift tags and mug gift filler ideas here!

Here’s why I love sharpie mugs as gifts:

  • They’re super versatile and can be used for almost any occasion.
  • They’re the perfect gift for kids to make.
  • They’re totally inexpensive (I get my mugs at the Dollar Store, plus a few goodies to fill up the mug).
  • They’re so many fun (and dare I say even cool?) mug designs!

You can give Sharpie mugs for:

  • Teacher Appreciation Day
  • Mother’s Day/Father’s Day
  • Birthdays
  • Christmas
  • Graduation
  • Thank You gifts
  • Get well soon
  • Or just to send a little encouragement!

But before you grab your Sharpie and a mug and go to town, I need to share with you a few important tricks.

Because if you use the wrong kind of Sharpie pen (be sure to use these!), and if you don’t follow a few simple steps, your mug masterpiece will quickly slide down the drain the first time you wash it.

NOT exactly the effect you want, right?

Also (along with the important how-tos) I want to share:

Woo hoo! Let’s get this (mug) party started!


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Danita Carr - April 25, 2016 Reply

These are really cute! Love the idea! Thanks for sharing! #SmallVictories

Kristen - April 26, 2016 Reply

I am so trying this when I get home! After I buy the correct sharpies of course! Thank you so much for this amazing DIY!

    Alicia Michelle - May 1, 2016 Reply

    Yay!! So excited to hear this! Yes, be sure to buy the right Sharpies that I linked to in the post (and then to bake them in the oven) or you will be very sad because your drawing will wash off. 🙁 Enjoy making your mugs!! 🙂

Rachel Osborn - April 29, 2016 Reply

This is so cute!! Pinned, because I have always wanted to make these, and this is the most professional sounding tutorial I’ve seen so far! Love your design ideas!

    Alicia Michelle - May 1, 2016 Reply

    🙂 🙂 Thank you, Rachel! I love hearing that the directions were professional sounding. I wanted them to be really clear! And thank you for the compliments on the designs! We had fun putting these ideas together for the post.

Jess Powell (Babi a Fi) - April 30, 2016 Reply

This is such a fab idea! I’m definitely going to add this to my roster of Christmas gift ideas – we mostly make up hampers for people, but if I’m just after something smaller we usually end up buying chocolates or something which doesn’t feel very personal.

Thanks so much for linking up at #FridayFrivolity!

    Alicia Michelle - May 1, 2016 Reply

    Awesome! I’m glad you enjoyed the idea! Yes, the DIY Sharpie Mug gift idea is really quite versatile. They would be great as Christmas gifts! Thanks again for sharing and stopping by!

Crystal - May 1, 2016 Reply

What a cute idea! Pinning for later. I need to go grab the supplies! Hope to see you again at #HomeMattersParty

    Alicia Michelle - May 1, 2016 Reply

    Thank you so much! Yes, make sure you use that special Oil-Based Sharpie Markers I linked to in the post. 🙂 Have fun and enjoy!

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Sandra Lynn - May 24, 2016 Reply

Love the way you laid it all out for us. I even think I can do this now, lol. And end of school is coming. Okay, AC Moore, I’m heading to you and I’m not buying yarn this time, lol. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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