Water bottles and plastic cups are often thrown out and only used once. To help the environment (and to give yourself something reusable to drink out of) try making your own mug. No, I do not mean actually making them out of clay, that would be a whole different craft, instead, find any white or light-colored mugs (include plates if you want a matching set), and grab some sharpie.  I will explain how to personalize your own mugs for your room.

What You Need:

  • mugs- should be white or light-colored for best result
    (I found mine at the Dollar Tree in Narragansett)
  • Sharpies- black will always work the best, but every color including yellow shows up
  • an oven

DIY1Step One: Setting the Oven

You should preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Later, when the oven is ready and you have finished customizing your mug(s), you should set your oven timer to 30 minutes.

Step Two: Colors and Design Ideas

When choosing your Sharpie colors keep in mind that all colors will darken after being baked in the oven. For example, I used yellow to color Woodstock but the image came out gold after being baked.

There are many ways to personalize your mug(s), including writing your own name, fraternity or sorority letters or drawing any picture using your sharpies. There are many ideas depicted on the website Pinterest as well.

Step Three: Making Straight Lines

Making a straight line on any surface can be difficult, especially a curved one like the side of a mug. To keep a steady hand you should use a sticky, straight surface that can be easily attached and taken off. You can use a thick tape for the best results, or a sticky note like I did. Either option will allow you room for mistakes if you slip down, without marking your mug. Use tape for horizontal, vertical or diagonal lines depending on your desired picture.


Step Four: Baking

Now that your mugs are complete, carefully lay them on their sides on one of the oven racks. Then set the timer for 30 minutes and begin to wait.

Step Five: You’re Done!

Once your 30 minutes is up, use an oven mitt or pot holder to take the mugs out because they will be extremely hot. Be careful not to let the oven mitt or pot holder to touch any part of your design, as it will smudge while still hot (trust me). Then let the mugs sit for 5-10 minutes to be sure that they are safe to touch. They are now safe to be used and washed, but you should hand wash to keep your colors from fading.