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Sharpie Mug

sharpie mug

My sister returned from a trip to the U.S. a couple weeks ago and brought home Sharpies in different colors. Unfortunately Sharpies are not as accessible here in Norway, so the the gift was spot on. I’ve done something like this before, check out the posts Decorate your mugs! and Apple Mugs, but that was with a Porcelain Painter. This is the first time I’ve made a Sharpie Mug.

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To make this “city” you’ll need Sharpies in many different colors, a mug and an oven. I’ve used the cheap Färgrik mug from Ikea (only $0.99).

I’ve seen skylines drawed on mugs before and think it looks cool. I wanted to try a different twist with houses like the ones you find in Amersterdam. So I googled Amersterdam+houses and used a photo as template.

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I drew the houses first and added colors to them afterwards. When done (this took quite a while – thorough work) I baked the mug for 30 minutes at 175°C/350°F. Be careful when you take the mug out of the oven – it is hot!

You might experience that some of the light colors, for example green or pink might not cover as good as it seemed before baking. In that case you’ll have to add more and rebake 🙂

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  1. Janet Anderson Janet Anderson

    Never knew that you could bake a permanent marker to set it . Thanks . Will tell my sisters who do lots of craft activities withboth the young and old. I will also post a link on a blogging website called Bubblews of which I am a member. Will not give the instructions but send them to your site. You might like to join Bubblews yourself ….you get credited when people like, view and comment on your posts , and can get a $50 payment when you have enough points !
    Keep up the good work !

    • Erlend Erlend

      Thanks for your comment Janet and for the Bubblews tip 😉

  2. Elo Elo

    Nice design and choice of colours, well done! Here is another good idea! 🙂

    • Erlend Erlend

      Yay, I’m happy you like it Elo 🙂

  3. Love love love the cityscapes idea! Looks amazing! Plus, think also the shape of that mug made the project that much greater 😀 Awesome!

    • Erlend Erlend

      Thank you Jeanine, glad you like it!

  4. Jo Jo


    Is this mug microwave safe after this process?

    Thanks, Jo

  5. Have you washed your mug? I was wondering how well the sharpie stood up to washing.

    • Erlend Erlend

      Thanks! 😀

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