Sharpie on a Mug: Kids Art

Kids can use a Sharpie on a mug to be creative.  This is a great way to decorate mugs with kids art.  We at Kids Activities Blog are excited to see new way to enjoy kids art that doesn’t involve adding one more picture to the fridge.

Try a Sharpie on a Mug! {Dishwasher Safe Kids Art}

Sharpie on a Mug

Our kids love to give gifts with meaning, gifts that they have made, gifts with their fingerprints, gifts that they have created.  Using a Sharpie on a mug with your kids art work is a great way to capture their joy and creativity.  As I am practical, we also needed a way to create art work that lasts – through every dish washing.

I tweaked the tutorial found at A Beautiful Mess.   I tried it first on plates, only the regular sharpies writing washed off in our dishwasher.  We tried it a second time with oil-based sharpies and *so far* – I will update this post if the paint flecks off.

Supplies needed:

Oil permanent markers
Clear mugs
Rubbing alcohol
Paper and markers

Kids art is adorable when using a sharpie on a mug {It's dishwasher safe!} Kids Art

We broke out the markers and after folding our 8 1/2 and 11 page into four smaller sections.  The kids filled in the scenes in the paper sections – we picked our favorite pictures and cut them out.

To prep our surface we wiped the mugs with rubbing alcohol.  You do not want any grease on the surface.  If there is grease, even from a fingerprint, the paint will not cure on the surface of the mugs.

Once our mugs were clean, we put the pictures into the mugs and I traced the pictures my kids had drawn onto the mugs with the oil-based sharpie markers.  The kids were excited to see their pictures canvassed on a mug.

Dishwasher Safe Kids Art {Sharpie on a Mug}

Dishwasher Safe

We left the mugs on the counter overnight allowing the paint to fully dry and cure.  The next day we put them into a cold oven and turned it onto 350 degrees and baked the mugs for an hour.  We then turned off the oven and allowed the mugs to cool slowly before we pulled them out of the oven.  The mugs can crack if the temp changes too quickly.

My mugs have been washed in the dishwasher and the paint “stuck” – love them!

More Kids Activities

What would your child draw with a Sharpie on a mug?  This is such a great way to enjoy your kids art everyday.  For more artsy kids activities, you may be interested in these ideas:




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An original "Quirky Momma" blogger and "Mommy" to six kids under six, when Rachel is not wiping crayon off the walls or wading through laundry, she can be found exploring and creating with her kiddos. She hopes to be someone who acts justly, loves kindness and walks humbly before God (Micah 6:8).