DIY Personalized Gift Mugs

DIY Gift Mugs

Have you finished all your Christmas shopping yet? No? Shame on you! HA!

Totally just kidding you. I haven’t gotten anywhere close. This year has been a whirlwind and I’ve felt about a month behind each holiday as they come. So if you’re like me, then you’ll really enjoy this last-minute gift idea that takes no time at all and comes straight from your heart.

I can’t take the credit for this one, I came across it the other day at Happy Go Lucky and thought I have got to do this! I had seen the idea of it on Pinterest before, but wasn’t sure that it worked. So I was glad to have found proof that it does.

DIY Mugs Before


To try this out for myself, I didn’t want to spend a bundle on mugs. Even Dollar Tree is a bit expensive per mug for me. So I ran into Goodwill where there were a ton of white mugs. Whodathunkit? It was meant to be! $.49 per mug and you just can’t beat that, even with a stick.

It’s as simple as using a permanent marker to write, draw, or color on your mugs and then pop them into a preheated oven for 30 minutes. That’s 350Ā° in the oven to be exact. When they come out, the marker has been baked, sealing it to the mug!

UPDATE PLEASE READ: I mentioned this in the comments, but DO NOT PUT THESE IN THE DISHWASHER. Using regular sharpies, it will come off. Hand washing is fine. When I gave these out, I wrote a little poem to go with that said please hand wash. I know many of you have had issues with this.

DIY Mugs After


So easy and yet so thoughtful. Even the kiddos can make their own. Get creative and have fun! You can make these for any occasion as well. Add a heart for Valentine’s Day or an egg for Easter. Whatever suits your fancy.

In the meantime, Merry Christmas!

Once again: do not put these through the dishwasher unless you use a more permanent type of marker made for ceramic. The Sharpie works fine if hand washed.

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  2. I have read that you need to use ceramic markers found at Joann’s or I’m sure any other craft store. Markers can be expensive so use your coupon at your fav. craft store.

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  4. did you use standard sharpies?I saw oilbird sharpies at a craft store somewhere and wondered if they’d be more permanent.

  5. I meant to type oil BASED sharpies

  6. Hi Polly! Yes oil based will be more permanent. Since I made these, the Sharpies have faded some so I would suggest that!

  7. Emily James says

    I tried sharpies and the entire thing came off in the dishwasher. The entire thing! What am I doing wrong? help! I’m trying to make these now for 25 people šŸ™‚

  8. Emily James says

    Do you mean oil based PAINT PENS? Is that what you mean? And have you actually tried this with them, or just regular sharpies?

  9. Hey Emily!
    I used regular Sharpies so I don’t have experience with the oil based. But I have heard that stays on better. I’ll also say that I wrote a cute little poem to go with the gifts and asked them to hand wash these only. That makes a lot of difference! Good luck!


  10. Ruth Spencer says

    I’m not a spammer, just had to say that I wouldn’t buy any cup or mugs from any thrift store, I am a retired private nurse and I have to tell you that I have seen people peeing in all their cups l, and later when they go to rest homes or die, their things including cups and drinking things go to thrift stores, you may as well give used toilet bowels as drinking cups ugh!!! I wouldn’t do that to anyone, and now after seeing this I maynot keep and thing like that from anyone, pay the extra cost from the dollar store and save someone from drinking from a toilet :/

  11. I’m with you, Ruth. I found mine for $3 at Target. All our Sharpie art washed off in the DW, though! šŸ™

  12. I made these mugs for all my cousins for Christmas this year and I followed the directions. I figured when it said that baking them set the design that things would be pretty permanent. I was informed by one of my cousins that the first time through the dishwasher everything was gone and they were left with a plain white mug.

  13. Can you put any mug in the oven ?

  14. These are so amazing! Iā€™ve been looking for a way to make some affordable and safe gifts this year. Especially considering the pandemic, I think custom mugs would be the perfect personalized gift, because the gift receivers can also thoroughly wash the gift before using them.

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