I’ve wanted to design my own mugs for a long time but have always had a fear of using my oven. I finally decided it was high time I did it (and inaugurate my oven at the same time).
- A few white mugs from the dollar store
- Oil based sharpie pens (available at any craft store)
- Acrylic sealer spray ( I used the Krylon acrylic crystal clear sealer)
- Duct tape, paper and pencil
- Wash and dry the mugs thoroughly. Draw a draft of your design on paper to see how it looks. Copy the design using oil based sharpie pens ( I used black, silver and gold). This step involves free hand drawing (you can always use some rubbing alcohol or cleaning supplies to wipe off any mistakes).
- Once your design is on, let the mugs dry for 24-48 hrs.
- Place the mugs in the oven at 350 deg for 30 mins (put the mugs in before pre-heating so they gradually warm up with the oven).
- After baking the mugs, leave them untouched for 24 hrs.
- Add an inch of painter’s tape to cover the rim of the mugs and spray them with the sealer (spray 2-3 inches away from the mugs to reduce the force of the spray can to avoid bleeding of the design).
- Let dry for 2-3 days. Touch a bottom section of the design to make sure there is no bleeding.
- Your mugs are ready to use. Gently wash the outsides with a soft cloth instead of a hard scrubber to keep your design on longer.
I made a few G.O.T mugs and a trinket holder as gifts for my friends 🙂
→ I noticed that the metallic sharpies worked better and stayed on without bleeding compared to the black sharpie.
→ The trickiest part of the entire DIY is writing the words on the mugs (try using a pre-cut stencil template instead of free hand writing).