They are all the rage and super cute! When you search images on Google, you find TONS of inspiring ideas for this fun and easy project.
BUT! There is a catch. A lot of sites advise that you use “any old Sharpie” to create the mug, however this isn’t the case. We’ve done our research and found that doing so could lead to some pretty depressing results when it comes time to wash.
One of our researchers suggested using a non-toxic finishing spray. All I can say is – please don’t. Non-toxic doesn’t mean food safe. We want your loved one to be able to use this everyday and have no idea what will happen with long term daily use and a hot liquid.
All of that being said – there are two choices that work well: oil based sharpies and DecoArt Glass Paint markers. Really, don’t bother with other choices because even after treated they probably would stand up to a washing or two.
If you go with the Deco Art (harder to find but we are told they even stand up to the dishwasher!) then follow the instructions on the package, which is pretty similar to the instructions for the sharpie.
You will need:
- Your choice of oil based sharpie colors
- Plain white mug or tea cup (cheap ones work best)
1. Line a cookie sheet with tinfoil to place the mugs on to bake. Do not preheat the oven.
3. If desired, use a pencil to draw your base design so it can be traced.
4. Decorate, decorate decorate!
5. Place the mugs on the cookie sheet in the oven and place them inside.
6. Turn the oven to 350 degrees. It is important that your mug heat up with the oven, so that the shock of the heat doesn’t shatter the ceramic. This is especially true if it’s a fragile teacup!
7. Bake 20-30 minutes.
8. Allow to cool. Wash before using.