A couple of months ago, I was blog lamenting about trying to find a ceramic coffee travel mug that was microwave-safe AND cute AND fit under my coffee maker. Literally, hours have been spent searching for this mug.
In the mean time, I had been seeing “DIY Sharpie Crafts” all over Pinterest. Have you seen those? People have been buying cheap ceramic or porcelain dishes (mugs, plates, etc.) decorating them using Sharpie markers, baking them in the oven, and there ya go.
After this never ending search for a travel mug, I finally put two and two together…why didn’t I just buy a blank ceramic one and make it cute myself. So the search continued for a white travel mug. That took some time, but finally I found a white and a black “Not A Paper Cup” cup.
While researching this Sharpie phenom, I learned there were quite a few “Pinterest Fail” posts about decorating with a Sharpie. A lot of people lost their image after regular use. There were some hints – bake at higher temps, wipe the dish down with alcohol before decorating, use a porcelain paint pen, use a Sharpie Oil-Based paint pen instead of a regular pen.
I decided to go with the porcelain paint pens – black and white. I figured something made for decorating a glazed dish would be my best bet. I also did clean the mugs well with alcohol before starting. The porcelain pens were a fail for me though. Neither of them were opaque enough for my taste. Luckily, before the pen dried, it came right off with an alcohol wipe – which also helps for mistakes!
I went back to the research and decided to go with the Sharpie Oil-Based paint pens. I happened to have both colors in my art stash as they make great journaling pens. The cups were decorated without incident – it was hard writing on a rounded and very slick surface, but I made the designs simple.
After decorating, the mugs were put in the cold oven and the temperature was set for 425 degrees. Thankfully I realized there was a rubber “plug” at the bottom of each double-walled cup. So that was removed before baking. Once the temp reached 425, they baked for 30 minutes. I worried a bit because the kitchen started to smell odd after about 15 minutes. I watched everything carefully, but all seemed well. After the 30 minutes, I turned the heat off and kept the mugs in the oven until it was cold again.
They turned out pretty cute I think. I’ve just been hand washing them as I figure it’s better to be safe than sorry. This year’s class of students is so kooky that I NEVER finish my coffee before it gets cold in the morning. They have both been put in the microwave at recess time on multiple occasions and have survived as well.
Most of the steps I followed were based on “The Cozy Old Farmhouse” blog post.