DIY Sharpie Mug; Survived Dishwasher!

SHARPIE2 Since Mother’s Day is right around the corner, I thought I’d attempt to make one of those cool, sharpie mugs. I think these are a great gift idea: they’re personalized, one of a kind & fun to make. After looking at several tutorials on how to make one, I noticed that many people were saying that the mugs weren’t dishwasher safe if you use a regular sharpie, that the ink washed off….BUMMER! So, I looked into alternative ways to make them more durable. I found some tutorials using special porcelain pens, but honestly, I didn’t want to spend the extra $$ on those….I was determined to make a regular Sharpie work! I modified the instructions to see if I could make one, using regular sharpies, that would survive  the dishwasher…and my Momasaurus modification worked, HOORAY!

What you’ll need to make it:

  • Mug
  • Sharpie
  • Rubbing Alcohol


Onto the directions…

  • Wipe down mug really well with rubbing alcohol
  • Create an awesome doodle; so fun!
  • Let dry & let it sit out for about 2 hours
  • Put in cold oven *don’t preheat
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Bake for 30 minutes
  • Turn oven off but leave mug in there until oven cools (I actually did this in the evening and after turning the oven off, I just left the mug in there overnight)
  • Admire how cool it is :)

In the morning, I put it in the dishwasher on a regular cycle to see if the design would fade or come off and I was pleased to see it survived! It looked the same as it did when I put it in there (the bottom picture on the collage above is the proof). I am NOT a fan of handwashing anything BUT I would still recommend handwashing your mug if it was made by a loved one, I wouldn’t want to risk fading by dishwashing it often. If you just make one for fun like I did, then try it out in the dishwasher you risk- taker you! ;)

Until next time,




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1 Comment on DIY Sharpie Mug; Survived Dishwasher!

  1. momajudy
    April 19, 2013 at 9:19 pm (5 years ago)

    Love this one. Can’t wait to try it out with 2 fabulous granddaughters!!