Welcome to the first installment of "The Continuing DIY Adventures of Lady Librarian and Radioactive Girl!"

Today's episode: "Sharpie Coffee Mugs"

So, a friend of mine (Lady Librarian) and I (Radioactive Girl) got together on Sunday for a little bit of DIY.  But really, we wanted to see if this project on Pinterest was bullsh*t.  "Just write on a mug with a Sharpie, bake it, and you're done! - Genius!" - I think the post said.

Everything on Pinterest is "genius," have you noticed?

Anywhoozle, won't you follow us in our wacky DIY adventure?

Sharpie Coffee Mugs


  • Plain ceramic coffee mugs
  • Sharpies
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Talent (or person in room who has talent)
Photo by Stefani Bishop

First, gather up your supplies and pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.

Photo by Stefani Bishop

Second, start doodling!  It isn't necessary to be perfect; apparently human saliva works well to remove Sharpie marker from ceramic.  Bet they don't tell you that on Pinterest!  Also, as you can see, LL has a talent for drawing/writing, etc.  I found out that I don't.

Not at all.

Not one bit.

I ended up erasing (read "spitting on until it disappeared") the writing on my mug and had LL do it.

Photo by Stefani Bishop

LL's boyfriend got in on the action.  His is the totally hilarious "This is not a hat."  Mine was the skillfully re-written "There's Probably Whiskey in Here...".  LL's is the Disney/Goth inspired amazingness on the right.

She did that free-hand.

You know, without plotting it out.

Or sketching it out beforehand.


Moving right along!

Photo by Stefani Bishop

Set all the mugs on a tray and pop it in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Photo by Stefani Bishop

Find something to do for a half an hour...

Then, let the cups cool on the counter and...

Photo by Stefani Bishop

...enjoy... um... however you see fit.


All in all, LL and I agreed that this is a very simple and kind of fun (if you have talent) project that requires very few supplies and little effort.  Perfect for a rainy day - and they make REALLY inexpensive, personalized gifts.