A Love Mug {Made with Sharpies}

I saw the cutest Valentine’s Day love mug in Starbucks the other day and I came home with plans to make my own.  This mug was so quick and simple to make and I love the way it turned out!

love mug with ampersand

I used the Sharpie technique to make this mug rather than a porcelain pen like I used for my tea cup.  I’ve heard this technique won’t be dishwasher safe with regular Sharpies so I’ll stick to hand-washing this mug rather than risk losing the design.  {Update: using oil-based Sharpies will make this design permanent.}

To make the love mug, I used a plain white mug {this particular mug came from Target} and vinyl stencils cut on my Silhouette.

love mug made with Sharpies

I applied the stencils tightly to the mug and colored the spaces in with Sharpies, red for the front ampersand …

love mug made with Sharpies

… and black for the inside text.

love mug made with Sharpies

I baked the mug at 350 degrees for 30 minutes and then let it cool completely.  Isn’t it cute?  It would make a great Valentine’s Day gift or anniversary gift!

love mug

Have you tried the Sharpie technique?  What did you think?

Randi Dukes About Randi Dukes

I’m Randi, a wife and stay-at-home mom of five kids, ranging from preschool to high school. I love strong coffee, craft and DIY projects, my planner, my laptop, and my big ol’ family. When I’m not creating something for my blog, I can be found in the car, running kids from one place to another. I’m the one knitting at the red light.


  1. I’ve heard mixed reviews about this technique, yours are SUPER cute, would you let us know how it lasts?

  2. Love this DIY – so adorable, and easy! xo

  3. Love it, Randi! Especially how you used the inside of the cup too. Megan

  4. So cute!

  5. i have tried the sharpie technique and it works great!! i love your mug…looks very professional! :)

  6. Very cute! I’ve heard of the Sharpie technique but haven’t ever tried it. I love how your cup turned out tho!

  7. So simple and cute!

  8. I saw those yesterday too, and wanted one! Don’t know if i could get the writing to look quite so great.

  9. I love this! Definitly going to have to try it out!

  10. Really adorable! It looks so precise… will have to try out that Sharpie technique! Thanks so much for sharing at Monday Funday!

    Take care,


  11. This is fun! Thanks for sharing this easy idea~ Happy Heart Day!

  12. Darling! Thank you, thank you, thank you for stating where you got supplies; that is so helpful!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  13. This is adorable!!! I’ve never used the sharpie technique before, but I have used the porcelaine pens. I’m curious to know how it holds up.

  14. I just saw the starbucks one – yours is better and so cute!

  15. Adorable!!! LOVE this.

  16. Awesome, Randi! I haven’t tried this technique, but have been itching to for a while. Your mug came out perfect!

  17. Darling idea Randi!

  18. This is so darling Randi! I have always wanted to do something like this – thanks for the tutorial!

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