sharpie snowman mugs

This year for Christmas, I wanted to create something personal and unique for our nieces.  Especially since they have somewhat unique names themselves. I know what it’s like to have an unusual name and not be able to find my name personalized on anything in the stores!

This may not be a surprise to most of you, but I like easy projects. (Easy with a capital ‘E’.) If a craft project will take me longer than an hour to complete, I say forget about it.  This Sharpie mug project is almost embarrassingly easy. Including the mug washing, drawing and baking, these mugs were finished in an hour. And the baking takes 45 minutes!

Here is how to make DIY Sharpie Snowman Mugs:

You will need:

  • White china mugs
  • oil based paint pens (I used orange and black for my designs)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton swabs
  • Oven

1. Head to your nearest dollar store and buy some plain white china mugs. Then hit up Michaels (use the 40% off coupon!) or a craft store that sells oil based paint pens. They must be oil based or the ink will rub off after use.

2. Wash the mugs in hot soapy water. Dry thoroughly. Clean the area you will be drawing on with rubbing alcohol.

mugs before

3. Start drawing the snowman face. (Copy my finished pictures if you want.) If you make a mistake, the ink rubs off easily with rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab.

mug progress

4. Once you’re satisfied with your drawings, place the mugs on a baking sheet. Then place the tray into a cool oven (placing a cool mug into a hot oven may crack your cup!), set the temperature for 350 degrees, and then bake for 45 minutes.

mugs oven

Note: Be sure to hand wash these mugs! Placing them in the dishwasher could result in the ink being removed.

mugs finished 1

There you go! World’s most simple, but fun craft project! One I’m sure someone on your gift list is sure to love!

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