DIY Monogram Mugs




I have a family of friends who all love Coffee! Even the littlest of them at age 3. I love to find ways to give them personalized gifts, especially since they all have very unique names. So I made these mugs for them for Christmas. What I like best about them is the precision of the letterforms. Using a "trick" the monograms are all perfect even though the art is hand rendered.

Step 1: Collect the Ingredients

1. Coffee Mug (I bought these at Ikea for 99 cents each!)

2. Oil Based Sharpie Markers in the color(s) of choice (I got mine at Michaels)

3. Large scrapbooking letter stickers

4. An Oven

Step 2: Apply the Scrapbook Letter

Clean the surface of the mug (I'd recommend Windex) and select a spot for your scrapbook sticker to go. This will essentially save the negative space for where your letter will appear.

Step 3: Apply Sharpie Marker in a Design Around the Letter

I used a tapping of the marker on the mug to create dots around the letter in two and a scribbling motion around it in the third. (I'm going to show other mugs created as well so you can see some options).

If you'd like to use two colors, give the first time to dry to the touch (about 5 or so minutes) before applying additional paint.

Step 4: Let Dry 10 Minutes and Then Remove Sticker

Step 5: Add Other Embelishments

I used the handle to add some detail and wrote the names of the owners on the back side of the cup.

Step 6: Let Dry 24 Hours

Step 7: Bake at 350 Degrees

Bake the mugs at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave the mugs in until they are cool to the touch. They will be good to go! They are food and liquid safe! There is some debate on whether they should go in the dishwasher, I plan to instruct them to hand wash since that wouldn't be hard to do with these mugs.

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    4 years ago on Introduction

    This was a lot of fun to make and didn't take long at all! Thanks for the great instructable.


    4 years ago

    are oil based sharpies special or is that just a normal sharpie?

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Oil based sharpie paint pens are different than the original permanent marker. There are two other differentiations: oil based and water based. I used oil based in this project. They can be used on virtually any surface: metal, pottery, wood, rubber, glass, plastic, stone, and more.