Personalised mug make great gifts. Especially when the kids decorate them. My eldest is doing a few Sharpie Mugs as gifts this year. She takes such pride in the decoration. It makes the gift that much more special when they have thought carefully about it themselves.
So here are the basics to create your own Sharpie Mugs.
You will need:
- a plain white mug
- permanent markers such as Sharpies. Make sure these are not the water based version.
- A baking tray and an oven.
Firstly, make sure your mugs are clean from any dirt or grease. Make sure you kids hands are clean as well. Any grease on the mugs will mean the design will be more likely to come away from the mug when it’s washed.
Draw on your mug. Your design could be anything you like, but make sure it is bright and bold. Think about what the user will see when they are drinking from your mug, and what everyone else will see on the other side.
Leave your mug to dry. Ideally leave it overnight, but if you’re really short of time, a few hours should be enough.
Place your mug upside down on a baking tray. Put the tray into a cold oven. If you have preheated your oven, you will need to wait for it to cool down before you can put your mug in. Sudden changes in temperature could break your mug. That would be a shame after all the hard work your kids have put into their designs.
Turn the oven up to 120oC and leave it for 2 hours. Turn the oven off, but don’t open the door. Leave the mug in there to cool down naturally. When it is completely cold, remove your mug.
It is best to wash your mug by hand. The dishwasher will be too abrasive for the design, and will likely ruin it.