DIY Sharpie Mugs

With the holidays just around the corner, and I mean literally around the corner, I decided to do a post on a quick and easy DIY project that would make really cute Christmas gifts for your loved ones. They're fast, easy, and perfect for coffee/tea lovers. Not many supplies are required and since time is very limited, this project isn't too time consuming. 
For the most part, I pretty much live on Pinterest when I'm not catching up on my other social networks. This year for Christmas I really wanted to try something different in terms of what I would be getting my family members. I stumbled across this DIY project and thought, who doesn't love a personalized mug? Soon enough, I was running around all over the place gathering the supplies necessary for this project. Read more for step by step instructions on how to get these mugs!



So, here's what you'll need: White mugs, Sharpies (whichever colors you prefer, however, they should be the oil based markers), and letter stickers! You can purchase the letter stickers wherever any craft supplies are sold, such as Michael's. I purchased mine from Staples because I forgot to buy them when I went to Michael's, but wherever you can grab some cute stickers, get them!
Carefully place the stickers on the center of the mug. Be sure to smooth out any air bubbles. Quick tip: if you're making these mugs for someone who is right handed, make sure the handle of the mug is towards the left and vice versa for someone who is left handed.
With your sharpie, outline the letter. You can space your dots out however you want. I kept mine close at first then started to space them out as I proceeded with the outline. 
Switching between your colors, continue to make dots around the outline. They don't have to be super perfect. Your dots can be as close or as far apart as you want them to be.
Your mugs will need to be placed in the oven for about 40 minutes at 350 degrees. I've searched this project on multiple websites and I've gotten different times but 40 minutes seemed to be the most common. Before placing your mugs in the oven, remove your sticker! I've had the marker bleed through the sticker, not sure why it happened, but to clean it up I took a q-tip and some rubbing alcohol and cleaned up around the edges to make it look a little smoother. Once you place them in the oven for 40 minutes, let them cool off and voila! You're done.
The mugs can be hand washed without getting ruined and can be placed in the dishwasher as well. So if you're a last minute shopper, consider these cute personalized mugs instead of running around like a madman trying to find the perfect gift. Until next time!
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