The Only DIY Sharpie Mug Tutorial You’ll Need

The Only DIY Sharpie Mug Tutorial You'll Need | Positively Smitten

If you spend any time on Pinterest, by now you’ve surely seen a do-it-yourself Sharpie mug pin. Everyone has their own version of this tutorial, so now we have one, too. I spent lots of time researching the best way to make these mugs come to life and keep their design, so I’d like to think I’ve gathered enough tips to make your mugs have serious lasting power.

These mugs are great for so many reasons. They let you show off your design skills and creativity, for starters, and they make ultra personal gifts if you decide to give them to someone else. It truly is a wonderful homemade gift, or a useful item that you can use to show off your art skills!

DIY Sharpie Mug Tutorial

Tips for Success

  • Choose and practice your design before trying it out on the mug. You’re less likely to make mistakes.
  • If you mess up your design, use nail polish remover and a paper towel to remove the ink and start again.
  • Use cheap mugs. Ones from your local Dollar Store or Walmart will work best.
  • Use regular Sharpies. Although you can use oil-based Sharpies, there is no need, as regular Sharpies will work just fine.
  • After designing, let the mug sit for 24 hours to thoroughly dry.
  • Hand wash. Although the tutorial below should make the mugs dishwasher safe, if you’re going to be using these mugs with frequency, then hand washing is really one of the only ways to guarantee your design will stay on well.


  1. Gather your supplies, and begin by wiping your mug clean. Do your best not to get oils from your fingers on the mug as you’re designing.
  2. Add your design to the mug, remembering to minimize the amount of times you touch the mug as much as possible. (Try putting your hand inside of the mug for support.) Also, if you mess up, use nail polish to remove the ink, as mentioned above.
  3. Once satisfied with the design, let the mug sit and dry for a full 24 hours.
  4. After 24 hours, place the mug in a cool oven.
  5. Turn temp to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. Set the timer for 45 minutes.
  7. After 45 minutes, turn the oven off, but leave the mug inside in the closed oven for 15 minutes.
  8. After 15 minutes, crack the oven door open and let it cool overnight.
  9. Hand wash before first use.

That’s it. Following this process should make your mugs last relatively long, and easy to clean. I honestly feel like the hardest part is choosing your design! I went with something I knew I’d love forever: proofreading marks and punctuation.

It’s perfect for my office and I love anything that helps me showcase my admiration for writing and editing. Although I made two mugs (pictured below), one side says “write” and the other says “edit.”

If I can make these with success, so can you!

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1 Comment

  1. I am so in love with BOTH of your mugs! I am a major mug fanatic. This seems so easy and fun!

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