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13 January, 2014

Creating a Cozy Home...DIY Sharpie Mugs

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Creating a Cozy Home...DIY Sharpie Mugs I am so excited to join a group of twenty-five very talented bloggers who are sharing their tips on creating that warm feeling in your home on The Scoop’s Cozy Home Tour!
I don’t know about you, but with the temperatures we have been experiencing this winter, I am ready for a little warm and cozy! And for me…nothing says cozy like a mug of something warm by the fire…

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Creating a Cozy Home...DIY Sharpie Mugs …and our co-host seems to agree…at least about the fire! Hmmm…since Baby Kitty is busy, I’ll take over. Some of my favorite times are when my thirteen-year-old grandson comes over to hang out and spend the night…something I am increasingly grateful for as he gets older! I love that he still wants to spend time with his Granny! (You may remember that he and I took a very special trip to Paris when he was ten years old.) Sooo…my plan…create special mugs just for us!

Here’s what you will need:
  • Plain white mugs (Mine were Better Homes brand from Walmart. It seems that the cheaper mugs do better.)
  • Sharpie fine point oil-based markers (I got mine at Michaels. You will want to use a coupon since they are more expensive than regular Sharpies.) From what I have read, oil-based markers create a longer-lasting result.
  • Artist charcoal
  • Pencil
  • Tape
  • Alcohol swabs ( I used them to erase my mistakes, so I used lots of them!)
  • Images printed at 3x5 size (I use Photoscape so that I can control the size.)
And here’s what you will do:
  1. Wipe off the mugs with alcohol swabs.
  2. Cut the print-outs down to size and completely cover the back with artist’s charcoal.
  3. Tape the drawing to the mug and trace over it with a pencil, bearing down relatively hard.
  4. Remove the print-out.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT DIY Sharpie Mug Tutorial Then, using the oil-based Sharpie marker, trace over the outline of the drawing. Good news! If you make a boo boo, you can use an alcohol swab to “erase” it and start over! Just be sure to wring it out first so that it doesn’t drip and ruin your hard work! I found that it worked better for me just to free-hand the letters and the snowflakes. Let them dry for 24 hours. Then, using a tissue, wipe off the charcoal.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT DIY Sharpie Mug Tutorial Final step…place the mugs in a cold oven and heat to 425 degrees. Once the correct temperature is reached, bake for 30 minutes. Do not touch the hot mugs! Allow them to stay in the oven until completely cool! They will now be safe to wash by hand. (I personally would not wash them in the dishwasher.)

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Creating a Cozy Home...DIY Sharpie Mugs And here they are! We like to build a fire and watch the movie of my grandson’s choice. Last time I made the mistake of mentioning that I have yet get to see any zombies when I have briefly tuned in to The Walking Dead…so we watched a marathon and I saw all the zombies that I ever care to see! lol

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Creating a Cozy Home...DIY Sharpie Mugs Snowman My grandson’s beverage of choice is hot chocolate…with lots of mini-marshmallows!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Creating a Cozy Home...DIY Sharpie Mugs Snowflake I like a cup of Constant Comment tea with lemon…lower in calories!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Chocolate Dipped PretzelsAnd here’s my new favorite treat…low fat whole wheat pretzel sticks dipped in semi-sweet chocolate. Just melt the chips in the microwave, dip the pretzels and let them cool in the fridge. Serve them once the chocolate has had time to set. They are only 30 calories each so I can have three for a nice little snack! (That’s what I am telling myself!) Can you tell I am on a diet?

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Creating a Cozy Home...DIY Sharpie MugsSooo…hot drinks in our special mugs, a fire, a snack and zombies…add it all together and you have a fun, warm and cozy evening with my favorite teenager!
And just in case you’d like to add a little more of that cozy feel to your home (minus the zombies)…

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT No-Sew Sweater Wreath about a no-sew sweater wreath! It’s fun, inexpensive and easy to make! You will find the tutorial here.

Confessions of a Plate Addict - Sweater Pillows Or upcycle your old sweater into a sweater pillow and top it off with a burlap rose! You can see how to do it here

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed seeing my Sharpie mugs! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party , Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday , The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday , Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday , A Stroll thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday , My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures, Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays , The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays , No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays, French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday , Common Ground for Be Inspired on Fridays , The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday , Craftberry Bush for the Inspiration Gallery on Friday
See you next time! À la prochaine!

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  1. What great project to do on a Winter's Day…you always give us such great inspiration Debbie…the mugs are the cutest! I am putting this on my "granddaughter project list"…she will love doing this and so will grandma!!..

  2. Debbie, these are just darling! You did a great job. Your grandsons are so blessed to have you in their lives. What a fun grandmother you are!



  3. Just love this mug idea. My kids would love to decorate their own mugs! Stay warm and away from the hot cocoa!

  4. Cute idea, Debbie. I sure wish we could get some snow at least one day.

  5. Your mugs are too cute!!!! LOVE this idea for personalizing the mugs. Perfect for that cup of something hot in front of the fire on a cold winter day!
    Mary Alice

  6. Your mugs really turned out cute Debbie! Stay warm and enjoy those visits:@)

  7. What a great evening with your grandson, I may just steal the mug idea for my own grand kids.

  8. The mugs are great!@ I bought a sharpie with the intention of making some Christmas presents but it never happened. Maybe I'll get them done for birthdays! Was this linky party open to anyone? I did a post on a cozy quilt this morning and would love to have joined in. I have a lot more quilts I could have added to the post to make it a cozy winter post. Oh well! Rhondi xo

  9. Deb - so, so cute. I may have to do this one weekend when the kids are here. These would make cute Mother's Day gifts for the kids to make and I could date them. You are so full of ideas. Thx for the tip about the oil-based sharpie, I didn't know that. xxoo, Barb

  10. Love your cozy ideas, Debbie! Those mugs are so cute!

  11. Debbie, those mugs are so cute, and I love your V'tine wreath. You are so creative! laurie

  12. Debbie, What adorable mugs! And evening sipping hot chocolate in front of the fire watching zombies sounds almost perfect :)

  13. The mugs are adorable, Debbie! Enjoy every moment with your precious grandson.

  14. These are so cute, Debbie! I'd love to make some of these. Maybe I'll do one with a kitty on the front! Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. Ummm, I am CRAZY in love with these! What a fabulous idea! Thanks so much for the awesome tutorial. Pinning and sharing now!

    - Tasha @ Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {}

  16. So adorable, Debbie. Not just the project but the fact that your 13-year-old grandson still loves hanging out, sipping hot chocolate and watching zombie TV with you. Sounds like a perfect evening to me -- including The Walking Dead marathon. You would be the coolest grandma ever if you took him to the Georgia set to watch them film The Walking Dead. Maybe you could both get cast as zombies! If you do, give the actor who plays Darryl a big kiss from me!

  17. Great project. There are so many different ideas you could come up with those markers.

    Wonderful to be cohosting with you.

    - Alma, The Tablescaper

  18. Debbie those mugs are ADORABLE!! My kiddos would just love them and I'm thinking that they would make some fun teacher gifts too. You always have so many amazing ideas and of course the talent to carry them out. :-) Thrilled to be part of this tour with you!

  19. What an adorable idea, Debbie. I have got to try the Sharpie on the mug trick. You do know how to make a cozy cup of "whatever" and snuggle down! I'll be sharing a Cocoa Bar too!

  20. Very cute, Debbie. I have one question - when you placed the mugs in the oven, did you put them directly on the rack, or place them on a cookie sheet?

    1. Hi Rita! So glad you like them! I debated but wound up putting them directly on the rack. Hope that helps!
      Hugs... Debbie

  21. A ha! I tried doing the mugs with limited success. I'm going to try your tips and I think it'll make a big difference!

  22. Love these mugs, they are so fun looking!! Way cool, you did it again dear friend.

  23. These mugs are so cute! It's a great idea I will have to have to try with my nieces.

  24. What a great idea, Debbie. Those mugs are so cute. I've always wanted to know how to use a Sharpie on dishes and still keep the dish washable. BTW - I totally get what you mean about savoring time with older grandchildren. I'm dreading the day when my 10 y/o granddaughter no longer wants to hold hands with me in public. I enjoyed partying with you this week!

  25. Those mugs are too cute! Love this idea, as well as your sweater wreath. Beautiful, warm, inviting!!!

  26. Love the mug idea will have to do them with my grand kids. Finally found something to do with all the old sweaters... Thank-you for such inspiring posts.

  27. Debbie - the mugs are adorable and learned something new with the graphite transfer - Thanks - hope to try it out soon!

  28. I just LOVE the idea of the sharpie mugs!! What a fun thing to do with kids! I agree a winter without a fire isn't cozy, it just makes it perfect and cozy.

  29. I adore your cozy crafts! That wreath is right up my alley and of course we would love to sip cocoa from your cute mugs. Happy to be on the Cozy House Tour with you! :) Samantha

  30. LOVE the cup tutorial!! Thanks for sharing and I'm glad I got join you on the tour!

  31. These are so cute and with your directions even I think I could do it! Lovely pics as always.

  32. Great winter mugs!! What a wonderful 'cozy' idea ;)
    Jamie @

  33. Love your snowman mugs!!! I made sharpie snow mugs this Christmas too. Stop by and see:) Pinned yours and sharing on Sverve!!

  34. Cute mugs...what a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing.


Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie