Coffee Mug Designs

After posting a picture today of my owl mug (above) I use almost daily for tea in the morning, I had a lot of people comment and PM me about details!  This really couldn’t be an easier little project to do! All you need is a mug, some sharpies, an oven, and a bottle of wine!  Nothing else to it.

I have made a few of these over the past couple years, and I find that the cheaper mugs, usually from the Dollar Tree work the best! The reason for this is that they usually don’t have a huge glaze on the mug, and if they do… it’s usually not that great! This allows the Sharpie to really absorb into the mug.

Unfortunately I didn’t take very great pictures of my designs before the wear and tear, but I have added some favorites that I used as inspiration!

Photo: Miss Poppy Design

The directions are simple:

Preheat oven to 350 F. (I’ve tried a variety of temperatures with a variety of different bake times, and this seems to be the one that worked best for my mugs)

Draw on your mug!  Go crazy! I’ve done song lyrics, polka dots, my name, funny quote… the opportunities are endless. (These also make great stocking stuffers or cute thank you gifts for friends)

Once you are happy with your design, pop that mug (upside down) in the oven on a baking sheet.

Photo: Jyll Along the Way


I am sure you are wondering where the bottle of wine comes into play? Now is the time you open that bottle, pour yourself a nice glass of wine and relax. After all that agonizing over every little detail all you have to do now is wait! (Of course it never hurts to enjoy a glass of wine WHILE you design your mug. Especially with the company of some wonderful friends!)

Let the mug bake for 45 minutes. After this time, turn off the oven but LEAVE THE MUGS INSIDE. I found this really does help the design set it. Let the mug cool down with the oven.

Once the oven is cool and the mug is OK to handle take it out and be proud of your mug.

I also suggest hand washing them only. I did for a while, and then when things got really busy I ended up throwing it in the dishwasher every now and then. I have noticed my mugs start to fade, and some the design has completely come off. But if that happens, then not to worry! You get to start all over again !

Thank you for taking the time to comment and ask about my Owl Mug. I would love to see your final products!  Please comment below or tag @arrows_and_arches in your photo on instagram!

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