The other day I went for lunch at this new place in Amsterdam. They had really cool white ceramic plates with text written on the edge of it -as some of you saw on my Instagram-. One of you guys asked me where to buy plates like this and somebody commented that you could easily make that yourself so I did a little research.
I started googling “painting with markers on ceramic”, “sharpie art on mugs” and everything in between and I bumped into a ton of websites with the “How To Make It”.
One of my favorite and easiest tutorials was by the girls at A Beautiful Mess so It took me literally a split second before I jumped out of the apartment to get all the things I needed.
Below you can find the “Step by Step” in images. Note that most tutorials used sharpie markers for this, although I couldn’t find any on the stores I went to, so I decided to go for a different brand.
3) Once you finish your designs, place the mugs in the oven at 175 °C (350 °F) for 30 minutes.


Do not wash or touch the designs before the mugs have cooled down. As I read on different websites, the ideal is to hand wash your mugs with a sponge, since harsh fibers could scratch and make your design disappear. The process of putting them in the oven for 30 minutes is to make sure the design will permanently stay on your mugs but the dishwasher is definitely a no as it could get rid of some of the marker, so try to keep them away from it.
I have this little obsession with collecting coffee mugs. See, the thing is, every time I go to a store I feel drawn into the mug section and always end up buying at least one. The mug drawer at home is close to exploding and I have already been told there is such thing as having way too many mugs, oh well here are 2 more! ;)
Happy drawing!!!

127 thoughts on “CUSTOMIZED MUGS DIY

  1. When you can’t find any sharpies, like I did here in the Netherlands, you can use porcelain markers instead. When you want to bake your mugs, just use the description of the markers. When you use porcelain markers, your mugs are claimed to be dishwasher-proof. I didn’t test that one, but at least they survive the dishes. c:

  2. Hello. thanks for the post. :)
    I don’t have an oven :( Can I use the microwave? If yes, can you please advise for how long? thanks!
    Cheers! A

  3. Love these! We customised some mugs over on our blog a couple of months back and they were so much fun to do! & E x

  4. Aw I love this idea!! My mom's bday is in 2 weeks….I think I'll make her one :) She loves stuff like this!Great post & tutorial – thank you!Robyn ~ The Chic Image xox

  5. These are so fun. I really like the fake tea bag hanging out the side of the mug and the gold dots. Such a good idea. xoxo

  6. I saw the tutorial on A Beautiful Mess the other day! So effective! I'm going to give it a go too! There is a cult Australian movie where one of the main characters says "I just love mugs" and I always say it to myself every time I go looking at mugs. I guess I just love mugs too

  7. I love these! I may make some for upcoming birthday presents. I wonder if it would work on plates, too?

  8. Really great DIY tutorial !! I love the tea bag you drew :)I will definitely try! Contrary to you I don't have enough mugs (just 2 :o) because I can't find any that I like…

  9. Gonna try this right now. Though I have been told too that hoarding coffee mugs is not a good obsession, but I am so sure a couple more couldn't hurt! ;-)

  10. Your designs are so cute!I tried to this with sharpie's and put it into the oven twice but it didn't stick.. And I only hand washed it.Is it better with permanent marker?

  11. So cute! You just gave me a great idea! I am going to buy simple white senseo cups and than make them pretty myself!!!Saves money as well hihi!Love it!!!xoxo

  12. That's cute! I just hope that the markers won't rub off when it's washed constantly. Thanks for sharing this cute idea.<3 Hess

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