If you’ve been on Pinterest for any length of time you have surely come across the “sharpie mug” or “sharpie plate.” Each post seems to have a slightly different set of directions, some of which work, most of which don’t. So if you would like to see what finally did work for me (along with my first failed attempt), keep reading.
First of all if you use regular sharpies, you will be sorely disappointed.
Your project will look good at first
First attempt: after baking
But I could tell they weren’t going to hold up to washing, even hand washing. I read that you can spray them with craft sealant. I tried that, but after one good scrub this is what they looked like:
First attempt: after washing
So I did a lot of research before I found a way that worked, FOR REAL.
First you need to use an oil based sharpie paint pen. You can still use cheap dollar store plates/ mugs, but definitely, definitely spring for this more expensive sharpie. You can find them at craft stores in a bunch of colors and tip sizes.
Draw you’re design on the mug. Put items in a cool oven. Turn oven on to 400. Once oven reaches the temp, bake for 30 minutes then turn off. Leave items in oven until they cool. And Voila!
The high oven temp, does change the color of the paint slightly. Those states were outlined in a light blue originally, and are now slightly green. But I have no doubt they will last for a long time! (If you want to avoid the color change, try black. The pink seemed to hold up well for me too!)
Now that you know the truth, get out there and make some fun cheap sharpie mugs and plates!