DIY Sharpie Mugs

I pinned this popular image on pinterest a while back, and finally got to buying the supplies needed to make my own version. 

Sharpie dishes tutorial by A Beautiful Mess
I picked up 2 white mugs from the Dollar Tree and used a sharpie I already had at home. 

I love the modern simplicity of the mugs from my inspiration picture and wanted to emulate that feel, but it took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do.  I love the is + hers theme, but in reality, Jeff doesnt drink hot beverages, so it didn't make sense to make him his own mug.  In the end I couldn't come up with two matching mugs, but I like them both.

The first mug I simply wrote "hello" which I thought was good for a cup of morning coffee and it also seems to be a trendy word for different art projects.  I like the way it turned out, although my ink blend a bit.

The second mug took me forever to figure out what I wanted. I must have written and drawn 20 things before I finally just asked Jeff to write a note to me. Which brings up a cool point about this project. Untill you bake the mugs in the oven, you can wipe of the permanent marker and try again. I loved that.
I also love that I now have a permanent note from my love to read over and over while I drink my coffee. Is'nt he cute.
So to be totally honest, this method isnt really totally permanent. I've heard you cannot run them through the dishwasher, but a good hand washing should stand up. I did test mine using a clorox wipe and it smeared a little compared to completely washing off before baking.
I think these make for a super cute wedding gift or a cheap holiday gift if you are looking to give someting to all your friends.  Maybe fill with fixings for hot chocolate!


  1. What a great gift idea to one another!!! Too cute!

  2. Great idea, I think I could even do this! If you have time I would love for you to share this at my linky party going on right now @ Primp!


  3. What a clever idea! I'm so glad to be following you, love your blog:)


    1. Thanks! you made my day with this comment :)