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.

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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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