Attempting the DIY Marker Mug


This DIY has been floating around various blogs for years and years. This was bound to happen. I just had to try this out at least once. Coincidentally, I've seen an abundance of orange, Autumnal themed mugs being recommended to me on Etsy. For some reason, I thought making my own would be just as satisfying as buying one. 

Honestly not so much, but it's probably my fault. "Hear" me out


The first thing I did was freehand doodle on the mug with some permanent markers. I used a variety of colors, which is an idea I stand by. Honestly, I should have put a little more thought into the design. I should also have remembered that lettering is not my strong suit. If you're going to do this yourself, sketch out what you want first, both on paper and the mug. A good plan is never a bad thing.



This is really a two step process. After I decorated the mug, I baked it. What I specifically did (after reading a handful of other blog posts), was place the mug in the oven before preheating to 350F, bake it for around 45 minutes after the oven was completely preheated, and I made sure to leave the mug in the oven until it was completely cooled. 


I hand-washed the mug for use immediately after, primarily because I hadn't washed it before (and it was new), but also to test the marker. All was well. Nothing rubbed off. I then drank hot coffee out of the mug, worried about marker residue the entire time, but again, all was well. Nothing rubbed off.

I was impressed by the general process of this DIY. While I was looking around multiple blog posts, a good handful mentioned the marker coming off easily. Granted, I haven't put this in a dishwasher, and I've only just made it this week. If the ink starts coming off, I'll update you all on Instagram. It's holding up much better than I was expecting though.

Did this put me off of buying a cute Autumnal mug? No. Ugh.


Comments

  1. Oh I was looking for a fall mug earlier today, that's just a must huh?! Love this idea of doing your own and write a cute text, though I wouldn't be able to even get it half as nice as yours hahah. Well well, happy fall Amber! Xx

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  2. I love this! I think it looks better than something you can buy in a store. Personal touches make these things more meaningful for sure.

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    1. Thank you Alyse! I agree, personal touches are always great.

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  3. Daaaaaamn you have THE most gorgeous handwriting - great job, Amber! Your blog is like massive hub of all things Autumn-related right now and I love it :)

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    1. Ahhh, I'm so glad you think so Gabrielle, thank you!

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  4. It turned out really good. I can totally see it in a store. Really can.

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  5. I think your lettering looks amazing, girl! The mug came out great, although I could totally see myself worrying about the marker residue too, LOL. Happy Friday!

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    1. Thank you Kathryn! I'm too worried about the residue lol.

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  6. I think it turned out super well. Your writing is lovely!
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  7. What a lovely design! I like that you chose an orange base rather than white, because white would've been too boring! I made these for my roommate a while back. I will have to ask her if it rubbed off (fingers crossed that it didn't!)

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    1. Thank you Kim! I actually intended to use a white mug, but saw the orange first. It's just so Autumnal!

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  8. Where did you get the mug? Is that just like a regular coffee mug? Sorry if that's a stupid question lol

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    1. It's a basic mug from a dollar store. Not stupid at all! I should've mentioned this anyway.

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