Saturday, August 11, 2012

Christmas in August - Permanent Marker Designs on Mug and Plate

If you have been on Pinterest lately or ever, I am sure you have seen the plate with the recipe written on it with Sharpie.  I pinned it a while ago and when starting my Christmas crafts last week I pulled it up only to find out the link was broken; I could not get to the original source from my pin. So after some searching, I found the site that posted it originally and it says NOTHING about a sharpie anywhere. The woman used ceramic markers to decorate the plate! I know... we all just let out a collective GASP. 

Don't worry though, I did not give up that easily. This is a great gift idea for grandparents and I had to find a way to make it work this year for Christmas!


When searching online I found a few different methods that claimed you can make Sharpie drawing on mugs and plates permanent. I tested out a few different methods and here is what I found to work the best.

Important Note: The sharpie drawing becomes permanent when hand washed only...it does not withstand the strength of my dishwasher. So if you take one precaution i.e. write 'Hand Wash Only' on the bottom, this will make a great gift idea!

Materials Needed:
  • Solid color mug, plate, bowl etc. I bought a white plate and mug at the Dollar Store
  • Permanent markers i.e. Sharpies in various colors (I also tested one Dollar Store permanent marker and it seemed to work just as well)
  • Oven





 Method:
 It really is this simple:
  1. Wash and dry the plate and mug
  2. Draw on plate and mug with permanent markers
  3. Write on bottom 'Hand Wash Only'
  4. Place items in cold oven
  5. Turn oven on to bake at 350 degrees
  6. Bake for 30 minutes (after it reaches 350 degrees)
  7. Turn oven off
  8. Let items cool in oven!

Here are a few tips I learned while making ours.
The light yellow Sharpie changed colors when baked (see how the sun is brown in the picture below)  so be aware that items might not finish the same color they start as. This was the only color that changed and my son really didn't mind.
If you pull the item out of the oven while it is still hot, the drawing can and will smudge if you touch it. So resist the urge and leave it in the oven until cool.
 Remember to write 'Hand Wash Only' on the bottom. We drew cute picture on the bottom, which is great until these dishes end up in the dishwasher and the design comes off. Our next projects will have the hand wash message on the bottom along with the cute drawings from the kids.
Don't heat the oven to 350 degrees and then throw the items in. These are Dollar Store items and probably are not meant to be heated this high. So by heating them with the oven, it prevents the dramatic change in temperature and prevents cracking.
Note: I cannot guarantee this will not break your dishes. Mine worked great but every Dollar Store sells different items, so I recommending testing one item before doing a large batch...just in case.

I am very happy with how these turned out. I will be making a mug for every grandparent and then the kids have asked if they can make a plate and mug for their milk and cookies for Santa. I really can't wait to see what they do for Santa!

What do you think, do you think you will be able to use this?

Any one else working on their Christmas craft list yet? If yes, what have you been making?

Have a great weekend,
Stephanie

75 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing such a nice collection of memorable christmas gift ideas .. I've preferred your work and style of writing

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  2. i have a question for you, did the dishes that you got from the doller store say oven safe on them. cause i got some royal norfolk dishes for the project that i also saw online. but they only say microwave and dishwasher safe and i not sure if they will work in my oven. thanks

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    1. Hi. No, as you can see in the pictures, the dishes I used said nothing on the bottom. I did not know if they were oven or dishwasher safe but for $1 I was willing to give it a shot. Other sites said to heat the dishes at 150 degrees for 30 minutes. That is a pretty low heat and probably would not cause the dishes to crack...but that did not work for me. So that is why I recommend putting the dishes in the oven cold, so they heat slowly with the oven. I would say if you are willing to risk one dish, give it a try. It worked great for me.
      Good luck and let me know how it goes.
      Stephanie

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    2. Nyree - Western AustraliaOctober 8, 2012 at 12:01 AM

      Thanks for clarifying what did and didn't work for you.... exactly the information I was chasing....

      In regard to the 150 v 350 degrees settings, my assumption is that the 150 degrees is celsius and 350 is fahrenheit? The reason I say this is because in Australia, our ovens are set by celsius, not fahrenheit... so the 350degrees works out to be about 170 degrees celsius.... Hope this helps! :)

      Thanks again for the info...

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    3. I used this idea to create personalized dishes for my family. Each of us has our own set we're responsible for. I looked up the definition of each of our names and then added a few fun facts about our names to the dish.

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    4. Hi I have just tried this an they turned out great except for the hot pink permanent marker I used faded a little but that's okay. My mug only said dishwasher and microwave safe as well and it worked fine so I think it would be okay to use any mug even if it doesn't say its oven safe.

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    5. Hi! We did this with dollar store plates & some plates from IKEA - both worked very well...but we used sharpie oil-based paint markers...then baked them for 30min with no smudging afterwards! They've been washed a lot, and still look great! For people having trouble, maybe try the oil- based markers (I bought mine at Michaels)...good luck!!!

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  3. Awesome project! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. What a great idea!
    I used to paint wine glasses, but this seems so much simpler - no drying time! :)

    Might be doing this for our wedding party - mugs would be great for all of them :D

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  5. Which type of plate and cup we can used in your gifts ideas? can you suggest some ideas for Send gifts to Pakistan to my friends?

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  6. Nice to see someone else xmas crafting!

    1. Last year we did the ceramic pens and they were a MESS! Half were dried out and didn't work or were streaky. I experimented with my scrapbooking pens and sharpies and found that Identipens worked the best. For me they worked even better than sharpies but I did not heat set them. Will try that this year.

    2. I took the craft fails and spray painted them (just the outsides obviously) with chalkboard paint and gifted them with chalkmarkers. The chalkmarker even stay on through hand washing!! I guess I scrub the rims of the cups harder because I am starting to notice some of the chalkboard paint scratching off there in horizontal little lines- it could also be my dobie dishwashing pad.

    3. This past weekend we did the super simple xmas ornaments of glueing scrabble tiles to popsicle sticks to make name ornaments. I am debating glittering the edges of the ornaments to glam them up a bit.

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  7. thanks for sharing.

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  8. Nice tips and gift ideas thanks for sharing,i like to gift to their love once.

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  9. I saw the plate on pinterest, Thought it was a GREAT idea, although I thought of doing it on mugs. Then I thought were doing plates as well. I have just bought 4 plates & 5 mugs to do this for Christmas 2012 gifts. Yes we have started as well were trying to make all homemade gifts this year for family members.

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    1. Ours seemed to smudge & wipe off with hand washing :(

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    2. Mine too :( i wonder if there's a way to prevent that?

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    3. Just did my plates and planned to put them in an silent auction for a fundraiser, but the design started to come off when I hand washed them:-(

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  10. Are the plates safer to eat off of after baking and cooling them using permanent marker?

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  11. That is what i am wondering: are Sharpies non toxic?

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  12. Yes the Sharpies are Non toxic just checked the back of my 3 packages.

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  13. can the same thing be done with glass cups, mugs, or plates?

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    1. Hi Leah,

      I am not sure if it can be done on them. I personally think it would not work on glasses and plates because the glass would not be able to withstand the heat in the oven. I have never seen anything like that before though. If you give it a try, let us know. I am sure others would love to have that option too.
      Stephanie

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  14. I just tried this myself with a nicer plate from Target. As you said, I put the dish in the oven cold, and turned it off after 30 minutes when it had been preheated. I let it cool in the oven overnight, but when I took it out and ran it under running water (without any rubbing with a sponge), it came right off.
    I would recommend buying a sealing spray at AC Moore or Michael's. Mine is Plaid brand, called "Clear Acrylic Sealer." Although it still seems like it won't stand the abrasiveness of a sponge. I dont want to wash it, maybe I will only rub it with my hand, no sponge. Who knows? Also, not food safe, but at least it's pretty.

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  15. I'm actually testing a plate out right now, it's in the oven as we speak. I want a booth setup at my sons birthday party, so people can take a plate home with them. As with you I researched this craft with sharpies religiously. I found alot wanted us to use the expensive pottery pens (which are about $4.50 a piece) and I knew I saw one that was done with sharpies, hence the reason I found your blog, and I'm glad I did. Thanks for the advice!

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  16. I too have tried this with a sharpie and it washed straight off being hand washed. But then I find that sharpies wash straight off anyway, I have to write my sons name on his lunch box every day as it comes straight off. Just having a second attempt though, and warming it up with the oven and cooling down in the oven....fingers crossed xxx

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  17. I saw on pintrest someone using a sharpie as well and when i went back to check it was gone, thank goodness for google and your site :) I love the helpful hints you added and the pictures. Thanks again!!

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  18. I just tried this tonight and after it cooled I decided to wash it to see what happened with the sharpie...and it came right off. I googled whether or not sharpie will stick on plates and every source I found was no. I wish this worked better! It is a great idea!

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  19. i paint on glass, wine glasses, candle holders, beer mugs,ect. I use foltart enamel paint and then bake it at 350 in cool oven( not pre-heated) for 30 minutes. and the glass stays fine and the paint is perm. so it seems logical that you could use sharpie and bake it at the same temp.

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  20. I used Sharpie Industrial. The industrial seems to stick better than the regular Sharpie markers. I baked the dishes at 350 but put them in a preheated oven. The paint smudges when rubbed with a wet cloth. I am going to try baking them again (starting in a cold oven this time) and see if that works... If not I'll use the mugs as little planters for my succulents.

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    1. Update: Sharpie Industrial did not work either, even after rebaking. I did a search online and am now going to try a Pebeo Porcelain 150 Paint Marker.

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    2. I am sad this isn't working for some of you. We gave the mugs to my mom as an early gift (my kids could not wait any longer) and she has been hand washing them for a few weeks and nothing has come off. I wonder if the Dollar store mug and plate I purchased has a cheaper sealant on it that allows the marker to adhere. I can't think of another reason why it worked for mine for not for some of you. Really odd.
      Stephanie

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  21. I made these last night I am running water over them to see if they stay and wipe with a towel. they are rubbing off?? so I went ahead and put them in again another 30 mins today and still not staying? what shoudl we do about this I am really upset that it wont work right!!

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  22. I am trying this now with a Terra Cotta pen hopefully it will work...this is just a test product if it works I am stenciling western themes on plates from Target for my son and daughter in law for a Christmas gift :)) fingers crossed

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  23. Just tried this as well and didn't work. It wiped off right away

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  24. Got this today st a birthday party- heated oven to 300 for 30 minutes- haven't tried washing yet- the hostess bought the plates at dollar tree!

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  25. This does not work! I spent a lot of time painting up some beautiful mugs (even had orders for them) and after all was said and done...they washed off. Not happy that's for sure. Am now the proud owner of several Sharpies in lovely colours!

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  26. I saw this on pinterest and used BIC permanent markers on thrift store mugs. The design hasn't washed off yet. I think it definitely has to do with the baking step. I started with a cold oven, preheated to 350, then started the 30 min timer. It worked beautifully!

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  27. mine have been washing off to i bought sum modge podge spray to do overtop n it made the marker run :'( is there anything else i can use ???

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  28. I just put a small loaf of gingerbread on my late and it "lifted" the markings. They are now on the bottom of the bread. Any suggestions to prevent this?

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    1. This process is not food safe it should only be used for decorative items. I see in another post the person said it was non toxic but Just because something says non toxic does not mean food safe.

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  29. I plan on doing this every year with my son. He's is 18 months and loved writing on the plate. This will be a great tradition and we will be able to look back on them to see how his artistic skills have grown over the years. Santa will enjoy eating his cookies off the plates on Christmas Eve as well.

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  30. My wife, two daughters and I made about 20 mugs spending about 15 minutes or more drawing on each one. We stuck them in the oven and set the timer. Trouble is we washed the one we made for our selves and the marker came right off. I tried some modge podge but brushing it on takes away the ink. So... I am righting a note to the recipients that the cup is for holding pens and such at their desks, it is not to be used for drinking and should not be washed. :(

    Maybe next year I will get some ceramic markers or do etching.

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  31. It's important to wash and dry the plates or mugs before decorating. Also, Corelle seems to last for years with Sharpie pictures.

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    1. i just got a corelle cup for christmas with markings using a sharpie and i hand washed. whole thing came off. very upset because it was made by my grand niece and nephew.

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  32. I did this w dollar store plates. I used Bic Mark-it markers. I baked it cold at 350° for 45 mins.... Bc I forgot about it, let it cool in the oven for about an hour. I waited 3 days before trying to wash it. I took a wet washcloth, and rubbed a small spot, nothing came off. So, maybe it's a curring process. I'm still going to put a note w them that says.... best if only wiped w a dry cloth, no sprays or water. Really they should only be wiping off dust bc these are NOT for eating off of! I recommend gifting these w a player hanger or picture holder. :)

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  33. Awesome creativity.
    Good job and thanks for sharing

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  34. I gave my nephew green and red markers to use on mugs as a christmas presant. The red stayed fine but the green turned either a light red or an almost clear yellow :( now they look like valentines mugs, with dirty yellow marks.

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  35. Are the mugs safe to place in the microwave with a Sharpie design on them? Would the chemicals in the Sharpie have a potentially dangerous reaction when placed in the microwave?

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  36. Such a fun project! I found nice white 99 cent mugs at IKEA as well. They had lots of different shapes and sizes of white ceramics, but the most affordable (for alllll the relatives and teachers we were crafting for) were the 99 cent ones!

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  37. I have been working on this stuff myself and testing a variety of items. Dollar store and wal-mart type dishes and finding that even when handwashing, or using the item, the mug/design streaks or loses it's color. I have attempted to find a palatable safe sealent and that has failed as well. Any ideas? I would love to do this to make sure that the design stays and the items are useful!

    Thanks!

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  38. I have been working on this stuff myself and testing a variety of items. Dollar store and wal-mart type dishes and finding that even when handwashing, or using the item, the mug/design streaks or loses it's color. I have attempted to find a palatable safe sealent and that has failed as well. Any ideas? I would love to do this to make sure that the design stays and the items are useful!

    Thanks!

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  39. I did this, with a stencil and the permanent marker looks kind of blotchy. SO I was wondering if I could go back and put a second coating on it then bake it again?

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  40. I read on another blog that baking at a higher temperature solves the problem. I haven't tried it myself yet, but they suggested baking at 450° for 30 minutes and allowing to cool in the oven. If anyone tries it and it works, let us know. I had planned to do an activity at our upcoming ladies retreat where we all sign each others mugs as a memento of the weekend, but I don't want to waste the money on all those markers if it's not going to work!

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  41. my didn't work at 350, but i did it at 450 for an hour and seems fine now

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  42. I did 450 for 40 minutes, cooling them in the oven afterword. Scrubbed and scrubbed using soap and still didn't come off. Win! I still don't think I'd run them through my dishwasher.

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    1. Ran it through the dishwasher for a test and it still came out great. I'll probably still hand was them to be safe, but it seems to have worked really well.

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