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

How to Make Your Sharpie Mug (The Right Way)

DIY Sharpie Mug designs

You’ll need:

First, pick your design.

Here’s 5 designs that I came up with recently (plus one my daughter made!):


Or, go here and you’ll find tons of inspiration too.

Next, sketch your design on a piece of paper.

DIY Sharpie Mug designs

Here’s my tip: think simple.

Use phrases with only a few words, and make sure your design fits into a space that can be seen from one angle (without turning the mug).

You want lots of white space so that it doesn’t feel crowded.

And, in most cases, I’d stick to two colors (maybe three) max.

Last, draw your design on the mug.

sharpie mug designs for kids

This is the scary part.

I know because I feel it (and so do my kids) whenever we sit down to make our first mug in a mug-making session.

My advice? Breathe deep. Trust yourself. And just start drawing.

It’s kind of like jumping off a dock–you just have to do it! Yes, that first mug is the most intimidating, but after that it gets easier and easier.

And… if you make a mistake, you can wipe off the pen with a damp paper towel as long as you do it right away. And remember, if you totally hate it, you can always go to the sink, wash it off and start over.

Let it dry for about an hour.

Then place the mug(s) in a cold oven.

how to make sharpie mugs

Close the door and set the oven to 350 degrees F. Once the oven has heated to 350, let the mug(s) stay in there for 30 minutes.

Then, turn the oven off, leaving the mug(s) in there with the door closed until they slowly come back down to room temperature.

It’s important that they’re slowly heated from room temperature to high heat and then slowly back down to room temperature so that the mugs don’t crack.

This process takes a while, so start it in the morning and then let it cool throughout the day.

Be very careful not to touch the mugs while they’re cooling–they will be very hot!

To make sure the design really sticks, I repeat this oven firing process. You can also spray the outside with acrylic sealant, but I prefer to not add chemicals.

Next, choose your mug’s filler and wrap it up (adorable tags finish it off!)

tags for DIY personalized mugs



Want to see some sample mug filler ideas? Let’s take a look!


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As a wife and mom to four passionate kids, Alicia Michelle loves encouraging other moms with practical tips for joy-filled living in everyday life, especially in parenting, marriage, faith and health. Alicia is the owner/editor of Your Vibrant Family; the author of Plan to Be Flexible, The Back to School Survival Manual; and the creator/producer of the "7 Days to a Less Angry Mom Online Video Course,", Christ-Centered Christmas Resources and My Memory Box Organizing System. In addition, she is a monthly contributor for several popular family blogs, including Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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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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