Drink Up-DIY Sharpie coffee mug

I’m sure you’ve seen these DIY Sharpie coffee mugs on Pinterest. I’ve been dying to try it myself. I finally had the chance to tackle this DIY for my mother-in-law’s 60th birthday last week.

DIY Sharpie Mug 1


  • White mug
  • Pencil
  • Sharpies (fine and regular tip)
  • Stencil/letter stickers (optional)


Step 1:

Thoroughly clean the mug and wipe it with rubbing alcohol. Let it dry completely.

Step 2:

Use a pencil, sketch or stencil on the design. I decided to use a pencil first to map out size and position. If you are brave, skip this step and go straight to Sharpie. Also double check your math to make sure the numbers add up if you are using a similar design. :)

DIY Sharpie Mug 2

Step 3:

Outline the design with a fine tip Sharpie. I traced over the letters from right to left to avoid smudges. Erase any pencil marks with a napkin. A damp napkin will allow you to wipe off the Sharpie.

DIY Sharpie Mug 3

* For the back of the mug, I dotted around the “b”. Holding the Sharpie at an angle will give you ovals. If you want perfect circular dots, hold the Sharpie perpendicular to the mug.

Step 4:

Set the mug aside to cure for 24 hours.

Step 5:

Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes. The following tip is for my husband. Be sure to put the mug in a cold oven and let it warm up along with the oven. Do not preheat.

DIY Sharpie Mug 4

 Easy right? I’m itching to make more of these. I think Santa may leave one for each one in the family. ;) Have you made these before? What pins have you been dying to try?

4 Comments on Drink Up-DIY Sharpie coffee mug

  1. Jessica
    May 14, 2015 at 1:41 pm (9 years ago)

    Love these! Is the final product dishwasher safe?

    • Rona
      May 14, 2015 at 2:23 pm (9 years ago)

      Thanks Jessica! Unfortunately it is not dishwasher safe. :(

  2. Erin Watkins
    August 19, 2015 at 6:09 am (9 years ago)

    What do you clean them with? :)

    • Rona
      August 22, 2015 at 8:49 pm (9 years ago)

      Unfortunately it is not dish washer safe. Hand wash with a little soap will do the trick and maintain the design.



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