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DIY Sharpie Mug Tutorial Finished Mug

How to Create a Sharpie Mug for your Kids for next to Nothing

Whether they’re a pirate, a princess or a superhero that just won’t eat their peas, meal times can sometimes be quite the battle.

I’m Georgi from Print Weave Create and this fortnight’s tutorial adds a bit of fun-factor to breakfast, lunch and dinner. That’s right; we’re going to create a Sharpie Mug!

DIY Sharpie Mug Tutorial on TLC Interiors


The best bit is that you can apply this concept beyond the mug and decorate your kid’s plates and bowls too. It’s a simple way to create personalised designs they’ll love (and it costs next to nothing).

What you will need:

  • Ceramic mug, plate or bowl
  • Sharpie marker (choose an oil-based Sharpie paint marker if you would like your design to be permanent)
  • Conventional Oven

DIY Shaprie Mug Tutorial Step 1

 Step 1

Source the ceramic mug (or plate or bowl, whatever you desire), wash it thoroughly to remove any dirt, grime and price tags, and leave to dry. The mug does not necessarily have to be expensive; I found these for $1.00 at a discount store.

DIY Sharpie Mug Tutorial Step 2

Step 2

Once clean and dry, begin drawing with the Sharpie marker, your design onto the mug.

If you make a mistake, quickly wipe off the marker with a wet cloth and let the area dry before drawing again.

Note: If you are after a more permanent result use a Sharpie paint marker that is oil-based. The standard markers, such as the one used in this tutorial, will ultimately wash off.

If you make a mistake using the paint marker, you will need rubbing alcohol to remove the design.

DIY Sharpie Mug Tutorial Step 3

Step 3

Once you (and your kids!) are happy with the design allow the marker to dry. If using the oil-based Sharpie paint marker you will need to allow approximately 72 hours for the paint to set onto the mug.

DIY Sharpie Mug Tutorial Finished Mug

Step 4

Place the dry mug into a cold oven and turn the oven onto 220 degrees celsius. Bake the mug for an hour, turn the oven off and leave the mug to cool in the oven.

Once cooled, remove the mug from the oven and enjoy!

To ensure the design stays on the mug for as long as possible I would recommend hand washing it.

>>> Aliens and monsters or flowers and fairies, share your finished product with us on Instagram! Tag @tlifecreative or @printweavecreate in your creations or hashtag #createasplashofcolour .


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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4 Responses

  1. The paint always stays on my mugs but the red turns maroon and all of the blues turn green. Any ideas on how to get reds and blues to stay true?

  2. I read somewhere that the oil based markers may not work as well compared to the paint markers but I am going to try the oil based sharpies because they are a lot cheaper ??

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I’m interior designer Chris Carroll, and at TLC Interiors we’re all about helping you create an amazing home without breaking the bank. It’s affordable designer style at its best, and we make the whole process easy and fun for clients & readers alike!

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