Decorating Plain Coffee Cups with Markers

I came across THIS LINK a few weeks ago and couldn’t wait to try it.  To be honest, I was really mad that I didn’t think of it sooner. Personalized coffee cups aka mugs are a fantastic gift idea and an easy craft for kids to do too. I can’t wait to share it at a future Crafty Night.  You don’t have to have paint, brushes, or a special kiln. Draw, color, doodle, whatever you want onto the cup with a permanent marker.  You may find cups at the Dollar Tree for $1 each (this is the best deal I found!).  Put the cup in a cool oven (aka no pre-heating) and bake it at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Do not take it out sooner! My first try at it I baked the cup for only 15 minutes and the design I drew came off when I washed it.

I think my next “big” purchase will be a rainbow selection of permanent markers. Anything you draw or doodle onto the cup isn’t permanent until it is baked.  This means that if you do an “oops,” you can simply rub the marker off and re-do it.  There is no mess and is very cheap to make. Do not place the finished “product” in a dishwasher. These should only be hand-washed. A dishwasher will make the design fade fast.


After about a dozen washings (by hand), the marker is coming off. This is a major bummer. But, coffee cups also make great pen/marker containers.




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