Break apart an old scratched record and mount it on a canvas to make a unique decoration.
A DIY project that has grown increasingly popular is the Sharpie mug. It’s so easy- all you have to do is draw on a mug with Sharpie, bake it in your own kitchen oven, and you have your own personalized mug!
I thought I would try this on a porcelain coffee mug. I bought a two pack of “I Am Not a Paper Cup” mugs from Amazon for about $10 each. I drew my design of waves and opposite sunrise and night skies. I just used regular Sharpies- many tutorials suggest using oil-based Sharpies or porcelain pens, but those aren’t necessary. They’d definitely work better, but regular Sharpies shouldn’t have a problem.
After I was finished drawing (several days later) I baked it in my oven at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. I learned a couple tips from reading other tutorials online:
- Put your mug in the oven while it’s preheating, and start the timer as soon as you turn the oven on. The mug needs to gradually heat up with the oven, otherwise it might crack.
- Don’t immediately take the mug out after the 15 minutes are up. Turn off the oven and open the door so the mug can gradually cool off. Again, if you abruptly change the temperature, you risk cracking the mug.
- Sharpie markers tend to change color or even fade when they’re baked. That’s why I limited it to 15 minutes in the oven, because I’m afraid if I left it in there any longer the colors wouldn’t be as vibrant.
Once I finished baking my mug, I painted several coats of Mod Podge on it. After baking, the Sharpie should be fairly water-resistant and fade-resistant, but since I plan on using this mug a lot, I wanted a clear coat just to be safe.
I’ve heard varying opinions on whether or not these are dishwasher-safe. I haven’t tried it, and I don’t plan to, only because this mug took me such a long time and I don’t want to run any risk of messing it up.
I’ve gotten so many compliments on this mug, even questions like “Where did you buy that mug?” People are so surprised when I tell them I drew it myself, but they don’t realize it’s such a simple art project, if you have the time and eye for it, and maybe you’re a perfectionist like me.
Just a caveat, I read in many reviews on Amazon that these mugs are extremely prone to breaking since they’re porcelain, so here’s to hoping I don’t ever drop it!
Quote on Canvas
This is the first half of a set of two canvases that will read “So plant your own garden and decorate your soul with flowers instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers,” from the poem “After a While” by Veronica Shoffstall.
I cut out scraps of flowers and floral patterns from magazines (bridal magazines are gold mines) and glued them down with mod podge. Then I laid out the words with vinyl letters, painted the canvas black, peeled off the stickers after the paint dried, and added a coat of mod podge to finish it off.
Full tutorial here.
After doing some research online, I found out you can use regular Sharpies to draw on porcelain mugs. You don’t need an oil-based Sharpie or a porcelain pen, but I’m sure one of those would be more suited for the job.
After I drew my design, I baked the mug in a toaster oven at 350 for half an hour, then let it cool. So far, it’s held up to gentle hand washing, but I don’t trust it enough to run it through the dishwasher. Another thing I noticed was that after I baked my mug, the colors of the design came out slightly different than the original Sharpie. It was a bit annoying, because my 3 different colors looked more like 2 different colors, but that can’t be helped. I’m still very happy with the final product. This project is so easy, and there’s so much room for creativity!
A quote painted on canvas in an ombre effect makes a perfect, personalized graduation gift or even just decoration in your home.
Design your own mugs by transferring designs onto them, tracing over with a porcelain pen, and baking them in the oven.
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Quotes on Canvas
These are quotes from one of my favorite books, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I’ve done this project a few times already, so you can read my own personal descriptions of it here, here, and here.
Full tutorial here.