DIY Sharpie Mug Without The Sharpie! DIY Gift For Friends, Teachers & More!


DIY Coffee Mug Gift

With the New Year upon us and Valentine’s Day just around the corner, now is the perfect time to sit down and take a moment to send a little appreciation to friends that you’ve had along the way. It’s easy to get caught up in how busy life is and forget to stop and appreciate good friends. Good friends are hard to come by so when you get one or two, make sure you stop and tell them how much they mean to you. This DIY Coffee Mug project is the perfect way to show your love and thanks to them for their friendship over the years.

Sharpie Mug Project - Secret is to not use a sharpie!

This project is SO easy but there is one trick that if you don’t know it can ruin the whole thing. I’ve seen these DIY sharpie mug projects all over pinterest but I’ve also seen all of the complaints that follow because the sharpie rubs off and doesn’t last. So I did my research and my own trial and error to find a method that is easy AND that lasts (even in the dishwasher!).

First pick up some cheap, white coffee mugs. The dollar store and Walmart were my two favorite places to find them.

Sharpie Mug - Secret is to use a DecoArt glass paint marker!

Next you need a DecoArt Glass Paint Marker! Ta-da! That’s the secret here folks. Ditch the sharpie because it won’t last through the dishwasher and pick up this beauty. I got one for about $3.99 at JoAnn Fabric. They sell them at most major craft stores though. They also have colors! I picked up a pack of colored glass paint markers also for $20 for a pack of six.

DIY Coffee Mug

Then be sure to follow the directions on the package exactly. Clean your mug with glass cleaner and then begin decorating your mugs however you like! I am NOT an artist so I was a little worried that my mugs might turn out looking like a first grader drew them but I stuck with easy designs and I think they turned out rather nice! They have a Anthropologie feel to them.

Once you finish drawing them you will let them air dry for 8 hours and then bake them at 375 degrees for 40 minutes (at temp) in non-preheated oven. By that it means to put your mugs on a baking sheet and put them in the oven. Then turn on the oven and heat to 375 degrees F. Once it reaches temp then set your timer for 40 minutes. Once the timer goes off then shut the oven off but leave the mugs in the oven with the door open to allow them to cool. Now they will be dishwasher safe!

Notecards for Friends - DIY Gifts For Friends Valentines Day

Now to complete my gifts for my good friends I paired them with these stunning note cards from Hallmark. They came in a gorgeous box and I loved the color combinations and designs. I wrote out my notes to each of my good friends and paired each note with a mug. I also got one of these boxes of notecards for each friend to go with their mugs.

DIY You're My Person Coffee Mug

Who doesn’t love Grey’s Anatomy? If you watch it then you’ll get where this saying came from! Whoever YOUR person is deserves to have their very own “You’re My Person” mug. Perfect for sipping from while you watch Grey’s Anatomy!

Pair a DIY Coffee Mug with a Hallmark Card for a Valentine's friendship gift!

I also found these special Hallmark cards that came with a door hanger and a journal. I love being able to bring a smile to my friends faces and show them just how much I appreciate them.

These mugs are not only the perfect gift for friends, but they are also great for neighbors, teachers, coaches, grandparents or whoever! You can personalize them however you like so the possibilities are endless.


My sisters are two of my very best friends! They make the best kind of friends don’t they?

Make a mug or two and pair them up with some pretty Hallmark notecards! It’s a great gift idea and is sure to warm anyone’s heart. Check Hallmark for the cool journal and door hanger cards I got too!

 Do you have a friend that would love a special gift?



  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    What a fantastic idea. I love that you can literally personalize it for any person or occasion!

  2. I love personalized gifts ! This is just perfect for any occasion!

  3. This is so cool! I’ve never seen such an easy way to personalize before. Love it!

  4. This is a super cool idea. I have been wanting to make my own mug for a while now.

  5. I made these using dollar store acrylic paints and mugs. We didn’t have any glass markers but it would have been a lot easier!

  6. This is such a good idea. I’ll have to do a trace or something before I start drawing. I don’t want to mess up!

  7. That is a really neat idea! I could definitely go broke in a place like JoAnns but I’ll have to look for that pen when I’m there next time.

  8. These are great! Perfect for teachers, friends, or yourself! I want to make my own mug.

  9. I love this idea! Your saying on it is so cute! Such great gifts for everyone! Everyone loves their coffee or tea!

  10. I always wondered about this! I mean, it seemed like a Sharpie would smear as soon as you rubbed it. Thanks for the tips!

  11. Omg these mugs are wayyyy too cute!!!! I have some white mugs in my kitchen… I may have to give this a try

  12. These are so pretty! I wish I was artistic enough to make my own. They would make a great gift for sure.

  13. This is such a cool idea, I love making a personal item like this with a sweet and loving message!

  14. Wow, this is so awesome! I want one for myself. LOL I’m so searching for this today. Sounds like a super cool DIY activity to do with kids.

  15. I love getting and receiving personalized gifts. This idea is super cute and i think I may be stealing it!

  16. What a cute idea! Love how simple it is and how great it turned out!

  17. This is a great idea. I am thinking about doing this for my birthday brunch party. This way, everyone can have a gift they can remember from me and the party.

  18. Paint markers are pretty awesome. I have one plain mug leftover but I have a lot of Sharpies so I plan on still doing the sharpie method. Next time I am at the art store I’ll have to grab some paint markers. It’s been used since I have used them.

  19. I saw these the other day and think they are a great gift idea for teachers! Our kids would love making something like this for their teachers.

  20. Eliz Frank says:

    The mugs are a great idea for Valentine’s Day gifts. Aside from the creativity involved, they can also become great keepsakes.

  21. I love this kind of stuff, I was really into Art as a kid. I already have some ideas on how i want to decorate my mug!

  22. I don’t watch the show anymore, but I knew what it meant! I love this idea and that it won’t just come off when you wash it.

  23. This is such a fun and adorable idea! I love anything personalized like this that has a sense of being homemade. Definitely bookmarking this page in my future gift ideas folder, haha. 🙂

  24. Fi Ní Neachtáin says:

    Those mugs look so lovely! I love that they can be personalised for any person and any occasion too 🙂

  25. I really thought we need some kind of a machine to create like this. I didn;t know you can actually create it manually. Thanks for sharng the idea.

  26. Rebecca Swenor says:

    This is an awesome idea for gifts indeed. I didn’t know that there was special markers for glass which I think is totally awesome. We have a Joann Fabrics here so I will have to go and get a couple of these markers. Thanks so much for sharing.

  27. I make these for my mom all the time. She loves to see how things change as the kids get older.

  28. Oh this is such a neat idea! Will be perfect for the teachers for end of the year! So cute and easy too!

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