Pinterest Sharpie + Mug Project...Solved!

If you're on Pinterest, you've probably seen the do-it-yourself tutorials touting the magical abilities of a standard Sharpie pen on ceramic. "Draw whatever you want and bake it!" they boast. "It's so easy!" they claim. Well, I tried it... and failed miserably. I drew on a mug, baked it per the instructions, marveled at my craftiness, and when I tried to wash the mug, it all fell apart. Streaks of Sharpie ink streamed down the drain and I was left with a pathetic, smudged piece of junk.

After a little more research, I found my project's fatal flaw - REGULAR Sharpies. Those little weasels can't stand up to a 350 degree oven any more than a marshmallow! The secret to this project's success: oil-based Sharpie pens! I bought mine at a local craft store, where they come in a million colors.

Once I settled on a color (cornflower blue, natch), I headed back to the drawing board - hopeful. Good news! This time, it worked! Here are my tips and tricks for Two Penny Parties' Ceramic Mugs!

You Will Need
  • Ceramic (or porcelain) items. I chose a mug ($1.29) and a coffee creamer ($1.69) that were for sale at my local dollar store, but you can use whatever you like.
  • Sharpie Oil-based Pen(s)
  • A No. 2 Pencil
Remove all price tags and wash your ceramic items thoroughly with soap and warm water. Dry completely.

Using a pencil, decorate your items with words, pictures, symbols or whatever inspires you. The sky is the limit here, so get creative! Ahem, ahem, this is a fantastic rainy day activity or a perfect birthday party hands on project for your kids. (Note: I found great fonts online, and created a template for my items since my handwriting looks like chicken scratch.)

Instructions on Stenciling
  • Print the item you want to transfer onto your pieces. Shade the back of the item with the side of a pencil. (This will lightly etch the ceramic piece when you trace over the front of it.)
  • Cut out and tape the penciled printout to your ceramic piece and trace the design onto the item.

Peel away the stencil, and outline the design with your oil-based Sharpie pen.Allow your items to dry completely - this could take up to 24 hours!

Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes. Turn off the oven, open the door and allow the piece to cool completely.

Enjoy your masterpiece!

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