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.