Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Decorating Coffee Mugs with Sharpies!

Design and decorate your coffee mugs using Sharpies! 

We have seen this idea floating around cyber space for a while and it looked pretty cool, so we figured we would try it. We have to admit that a motivating factor was how inexpensive it is. You can use any old coffee mug you have laying around or go to your local dollar store and purchase one or two for close to nothing. The other thing you need is Sharpies or similar permanent markers which are also relatively cheap to purchase, if you don't already own any.
Pre-heat your oven to about 400 degrees. Next, decide on how you want to design your mug. After you have created your masterpiece, simply pop it in the oven for a good half hour. This should set your design and make it smudge-proof. Note the emphasis on the word "should". When discussing this craft with a friend who had tried it previously, she mentioned after a few washes the designs begin to fade. So, we were thinking some top coat/sealer should be incorporated into the process, however we found no tutorials including this as a step. We we will wait to see what happens with ours and if need be later look into different sealing options.
Voila! We present our final products...

I personally loved the colored mugs Michelle used as opposed to my boring white ones. Makes for a really nice contrast. We spent about $4-$6 each (we saved a bit with the metallic Sharpies, since Michelle already had those) and we were pretty satisfied with the outcome.

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