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My kitchen is full of mugs, all four of us in the house love hot drinks and so we’re constantly making cups of tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Most of our mugs have come from charity shops or IKEA (being students and all) and so are quite plain. In a moment of inspiration and procrastination of studies I decided to give some of our mugs a bit of personality. It’s brilliantly easy and results in mugs that no one else has!


  • Plain mug(s)
  • Permanent marker (Sharpie or such like)
  • Pencil (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 200 Celsius (395 Fahrenheit)
  • Draw/write with the permanent marker whatever inspires you on your mug.
  • Give the marker a minute to dry and then place mug(s) in the oven to bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove mug(s) and leave to cool on wire rack.


  • Writing/drawing on mugs can be a bit awkward, practice on paper first or use a pencil to do your design on the mug first before inking it with the marker.

Ta-da! Fun, personalised mugs ready for your next cuppa! Beauty of baking the permanent marker on is that you can chuck them in the dishwasher or scrub them 100 times and your designs won’t rub off!