Sharpie Name Mug Tutorial

Sharpie Name Mug Tutorial

Today I have a Sharpie Name Mug Tutorial for you! This is so easy to make and customize, and looks like it was professionally made. These make great gifts, and kids as young as 7-8 can make one. Here’s what you’ll need.

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Sharpie Name Mug Tutorial


  • Plain white mug. Ceramic or porcelain, and you can find these for $1-$2 at the dollar store or craft stores.
  • Letter stickers. Big and bold fonts stand out best.
  • Alcohol wipes or rubbing alcohol.
  • Oil Based Sharpie Paint Markers. Medium tip. Regular sharpies will NOT work.
  • Oven.

NOTE: Some sharpie paint pen colors will change in the oven. I recommend sticking with black, white, gold, silver, pink, and blue for the best colors.

Start by cleaning your mug really well with the swab or rubbing alcohol and a cotton pad. You don’t want any grease, dirt, or skin oils on the mug.

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Place your stickers on your mug to spell out your name or phrase of choice! Make sure the sticker edges are all down firmly. I needed a mug to use in my office, so I chose the word boss. So next go ahead and follow the directions on your paint pens to prime them, and do a few practice dots on a piece of scrap paper. Take one of your colors and start outlining your letters in dots, leaving space for the other color.

Fill in with the other color, making sure all the dots touch. Outline all your stickers. Next take one color at a time, and add more dots to your letter, spacing them farther apart as you get farther away from the sticker. Then fill in with the other color.

Take your time, and if you make any mistakes, you can just clean the marker off with rubbing alcohol! Let the marker dry for a few minutes, and peel off the stickers. If any paint has leaked underneath the stickers, use rubbing alcohol on a cotton bud to clean it away, or a craft knife to scrape it off.

Now let you mug dry for at least 24 hours. I recommend 48-72 hours to let the paint cure fully. Then place the mug in a cold oven, heat the oven to 350F, and when the oven is hot set a timer for 30 minutes. When the time is up, turn off the oven and let the mug cool down in the oven for a couple hours. Now you design is permanent!! This is microwave safe, but hand wash only! The dishwasher is too rough and may chip or fade the design.

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I hope you found this Sharpie Name Mug Tutorial helpful! You can also use your child’s name for a hot chocolate mug, or someone else’s name to make a gift mug. Fill it up with candy and gift cards and you’re good!

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