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