Just because I’m a humbug doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate cute shtuff.
My new favorite item is this Baa-Humbug Christmas DIY Sharpie mug I made using Sharpie oil markers.
While bumming around Target the other day, I was inspired by the $2 blank mugs, but could care less for all the Christmas mugs. Then the idea came to make my own humbug-appropriate cuppa. (And just in time for the “Home for Christmas Blog Hop” hosted by Hometalk.com and Countyliving.com!)
In a crafty holiday spirit and want your own custom Sharpie mug? Here’s how to make one that lasts!
Baa-Humbug Christmas DIY Sharpie Mug
You will need:
- Sharpie oil markers (these provide longer-lasting results)
- Rubbing alcohol
- Cotton balls
- Masking tape
- Paper and pencil (to practice your design)
TIP: I shopped everywhere for these oil-based Sharpies, and finally found them in the calligraphy aisle at Hobby Lobby and on Amazon. Regular Sharpies, well, let’s face it, their ink will rub off in a heartbeat.
Step 1: Plan out your design
- Use a strip of paper on your cup surface to get an idea of how wide/long you want your design to be.
- Wipe down the cup surface with rubbing alcohol and let it dry.
- Tape off the area you will be writing in first to make sure your design is straight and centered.
Step 2: Draw, Erase, Repeat
I did NOT get my drawings or letters right the first time. “HUM” took about 6 tries, the ladybug 4 and the sheep, like, 10.
It’s okay to mess up. Just quickly rub off your crappy-ass creation with an alcohol-soaked cotton ball, let the area dry and repeat until you get the @#$% design right. HUMBUG TO ALL OF THIS!
TIP: Hoping to use rubber stamps? Don’t even bother. Stamping a semi-decent “m” took me 15 tries. Instead, use the fonts/designs on the stamps as a guide for free-handing.
Step 3: Allow paint to dry for 3 days
Yep. Three days.
Why? Because this website told me to, and after all that drawing and erasing, I wanted my sheep and HUM and ladybug to last forever (or at 3 years in Sharpie-years).
Step 4: Bake your mug
After 3 days, you will need to bake your mug to fully set your design.
Here’s how to bake a mug without it cracking:
- Place mug(s) in a cold oven.
- Set oven to 350˚F.
- Once the oven heats up to 350˚F bake for 30 minutes.
- Turn oven off, but KEEP MUGS IN OVEN until fully cooled.
Step 5: Mug care
Just pretend that your Sharpie mug is one of your fine china cups. This means:
- Wash by hand, NOT in dishwasher.
- Do not heat in microwave.
- Hold one pinky out while sipping.
Despite the picky nature of this craft, I had so much fun making my own custom mug. I feel like tea and coffee and cocoa taste so much more festive now.
And if I’m going to be a:
…then I might as well be sweet about it. 🙂
Do you have a favorite Christmas mug?