DIY: Paint a Mug

Scott was out of town at a conference this weekend, so I hosted a craft party. Four women came over and we drank wine and decorated mugs with sharpies.


There are so many blog posts, Pinterest pins, and YouTube videos on this topic, and many have the word “FAIL” in their titles or descriptions. You have a better chance of not “failing” on this project if you follow these steps.

  • First, clean the ceramic item with rubbing alcohol and let dry completely.
  • Then, you can use the markers; you get a better result with special paint markers.
  • You can get some faint lines with a pencil if you want to scratch out your design ahead of time.
  • Go over your design twice (allowing the marker to dry in between applications) for better color quality.
  • Next, put the mugs in the cold oven and then preheat the oven to 420.
  • Once the oven is warm, leave the mugs in the oven at 420 for half an hour.
  • Finally, allow the mugs to cool with the oven.

The mugs should be microwave and dishwasher safe – assuming you started with a product that already had these properties.

Here’s my finished mug. I chose to an Aldo Leopold quote – “To those devoid of imagination, a blank place on a  map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part.” And I put a compass rose on the other side. (I didn’t take pictures of the other mugs because I didn’t take any pictures during the party.)



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