Hands up who’s seen the awesome sharpie mug tutorials on Pinterest? everyone? GREAT (if not go and search immediately – I insist). This simple but brilliant idea has been doing the rounds for some time so i thought it was about time I gave it a go. Now I did do my research first – I was pretty sure, and was instantly proved right, that the method of using sharpies wouldn’t work for everyone. So I’ve tested a few methods and included it all below. HAPPY
You Will Need:
- Plain mugs – you can pick these up from pound stores, amazon, hobbycraft etc
- A black sharpie or a porcelain pen
- An oven!
NOTE: The sharpie mugs of course ask you to use sharpie pens but I have read quite a few blogs where the pen hasn’t stayed put when washing. Using a sharpie pen definitely means your final mug will be handwash and I had to ‘rebake’ my sharpie mugs before the pen would stay. Another option is using porcelain pens from the start which are designed for this exact task – Pebeo and Marabu are good makes for this and both can be bought through amazon
Step One: Doodle
Use your sharpie or porcelain pen to draw your design. You could draw patterns, words, speech bubbles, tea preferences, moustaches, cute messages… basically the mug is your oyster… or something like that…
Step Two: Bake
Bake your mugs in an oven heated to 200 degrees. Online most tutorials advise baking for 30mins and then leaving to cool. I tried this and then tested whether the pen stayed in place by washing with water and a sponge. As mentioned above it instantly started to peel so i let it dry, went back over my pen lines again, allowed the pen to dry overnight and then re-baked for 2 hours at the same heat. This time the pen has stuck – but my attempts with a porcelain pen were much much simpler!
If using a porcelain pen from the start they advise to allow the pen to dry for 24 hours before baking, and then cook in the oven for 35mins at 150 degrees.
Step Three: Cool
Take your mugs out of the oven and allow to cool completely before touching
Step Four: Anyone for tea?
Your mugs are complete! Keep for yourself or these make really lovely gifts. If you give them as a gift why not also include a spare plain mug and the pen so your giftee can make their own! (make sure you include instructions)
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