DIY Sharpie Mug

DIY Sharpie Mug--These mugs make the perfect gift for any occasion (or just because you really want a cute mug)!

When the first DIY Sharpie mugs started popping up on the internet, I couldn’t believe that I could make whatever design I wanted to on a mug with just Sharpies!  Oh the ideas!  Oh the gifts!  Oh the…disappointment when I realized it wasn’t quite that simple.  But not to worry, it’s still simple enough if you follow my instructions.  I’ve done the research for you so you don’t have to!

Here are a few important tips I discovered:

  • You cannot use regular old Sharpies and expect it to stay on the mug.  If you want the design to be permanent, you have to use oil-based Sharpies, which are $3-$4 each.  
  • The type of mug (ceramic, porcelain, stoneware, etc) you use doesn’t matter and neither does the color.  You can use white, black or any other color you want. 
  • You need to bake the mugs in the oven and let them cool down.  
  • I highly recommend hand washing the mugs rather than sticking them in the dishwasher.

If you keep these things in mind when gathering your materials and designing your cool new mug, you will save yourself a lot of time and frustration.

Now for the tutorial…

Supplies needed:

  • mug(s)
  • oil-based Sharpies, in any color
  • rubbing alcohol
  • Q-tips and cotton balls
  • pencil and paper (optional)
  • masking tape (optional)

First, you’ll need to find your mug(s).  I went to Walmart and got mine for less than $2.  (There might be some cool ones at your local thrift store too, but I didn’t have time to look at ours.)  Bring them home, wash and let them dry.  (You do not want them to be wet at all, otherwise the paint won’t stick to the mug, since it is oil-based and water and oil don’t play well together.)  If you want to make sure they are extra clean, use some rubbing alcohol.

DIY Sharpie Mug--These mugs make the perfect gift for any occasion (or just because you really want a cute mug)!

Then, you will need to lightly sketch out your design/words.  I pulled out a piece of paper to practice on first so I could get my design and the spacing the way I wanted.

DIY Sharpie Mug--These mugs make the perfect gift for any occasion (or just because you really want a cute mug)!

After it is how you want, you transfer the design to the mug.  I recommend using a pencil since it’s easy to write over with the Sharpie and will rub off with your finger or a Q-tip.  You can also use the masking tape to help you write straight lines, create geometric shapes, etc.

DIY Sharpie Mug--These mugs make the perfect gift for any occasion (or just because you really want a cute mug)!

If you make a mistake, just grab your rubbing alcohol and a Q-tip or cotton ball (depending on the size of the mistake) and wipe it off.  Good as new!  I included an example so you could see that it really does work.

DIY Sharpie Mug--These mugs make the perfect gift for any occasion (or just because you really want a cute mug)! 

Once your mug is decorated to your liking, clean off any smudges with the rubbing alcohol and set it somewhere safe and dry for 72 hours.  That’s right.  Wait 3 days before baking your mug.  This allows the paint to set.

DIY Sharpie Mug--These mugs make the perfect gift for any occasion (or just because you really want a cute mug)!

DIY Sharpie Mug--These mugs make the perfect gift for any occasion (or just because you really want a cute mug)!

After the 72 hours have passed, put the mug in the cold oven at 425 degrees for one hour.  (I put my mug on a small pan so I didn’t have to worry about it falling over.)  At the end of one hour turn off the oven, leave the mug in the oven to cool completely.

The reason this step is important is because when you allow the mug to heat up gradually with the oven, you will avoid cracking.  A good time to do this would be in the evening so that you can just let the mug cool overnight and not worry if you’re pulling it out too soon.

After baking my mug, I noticed that the red color came out a little darker than before.  This worked out great for me since it matched the inside of the mug.  I would expect that most, if not all, colors will come out a little darker after the mug has been baked so take that into account when you are choosing your color.

DIY Sharpie Mug--These mugs make the perfect gift for any occasion (or just because you really want a cute mug)!

I love how my mug came out!  Actually, it’s not my mug anymore.  I sent it off as a birthday gift to a dear friend who lives far away in North Carolina.  So now it has a new home and I have an excuse to make another fun mug!

These mugs are really the way to go if you’re looking for a simple, cute, inexpensive gift.  You could give these as wedding gifts, bridesmaid gifts, house warming gifts, birthday gifts, anniversary gifts, Christmas gifts…the list goes on and on!

*Note: These mugs need to be hand-washed.  Do not put them in the dishwasher, or you risk damaging your design.

Have you made Sharpie mugs before?  Do you have any other tips that I didn’t include?

DIY No-Sew Burlap Table Runner with Tassels

DIY No-Sew Burlap Table Runner with Tassels--Make this easy burlap table runner.  No sewing required!

With the changing of seasons, I’ve been swapping out my summer decor for more fall themed decor.  I was looking around the house today and noticed that the credenza (fancy word for table) in the front room was looking a little bare and I had two words pop into my head: burlap and runner.  I ran downstairs and grabbed some burlap remnant I’d bought who knows how long ago thinking it would be nice to have on hand.  (I have a hard time resisting the remnants bin.  It’s a problem…)  Turns out that I had the perfect amount to make a cute and easy table runner.

Have you ever used burlap?  Let me tell you some things about it: Burlap is awesome because it gives a little bit of texture, it’s durable, easy to work with and creates a slightly rustic and imperfect bit of decor.  It also feels very fall to me so using it as a table runner for a couple of months out of the year just made sense.

The first thing I noticed when I unrolled my burlap was how curled up and creased it was.  The easiest fix I know of for wrinkles is to iron it.  So I grabbed a squirt bottle and my iron and turned it up to the highest steam setting (which for me was cotton/linen).  I used a fair amount of water on each crease, but not so much that it was soaked.  Then I ran my iron along the creases and wrinkles until it was nice and flat.  Make sure you keep the iron moving across the burlap and don’t let it rest in any one place too long.

DIY No-Sew Burlap Table Runner with Tassels--Make this easy burlap table runner.  No sewing required! 
DIY No-Sew Burlap Table Runner with Tassels--Make this easy burlap table runner.  No sewing required!

Next, I figured out how long and wide I wanted to make my runner.  I had approximately 1/2 yard x 1 yard of burlap, which happened to fit my table perfectly, but it wasn’t cut straight so I evened up the edges really easily by cutting right next to one of the strands all the way down.

Once I had the length and width figured out, I decided to wanted to pull out a few strands on the long sides to give it a little less of a defined edge.

To do the tassels, I pulled about 2 inches of the strands off the ends.  I set those pieces aside to use to tie up the tassels.  It’s really just a preference how long you want the tassels so just keep pulling strands out until you are happy with the length.  (If you pull out too many, you can always just trim the ends to get it back to a length you like.)  Then, gather about 10 strands together and use the pieces you pulled out to tie a nice little knot.  Cut the ends fairly close to the knot so they don’t poke out at a funny angle.

DIY No-Sew Burlap Table Runner with Tassels--Make this easy burlap table runner.  No sewing required!

And there you have it!  A cute, incredibly easy, no-sew burlap table runner!

DIY No-Sew Burlap Table Runner with Tassels--Make this easy burlap table runner.  No sewing required!

DIY No-Sew Burlap Table Runner with Tassels--Make this easy burlap table runner.  No sewing required!

What are some of your favorite ways to use burlap?