DIY: How To Customize Kitchenware with Permanent Maker

Materials (other than cut machine and appropriate software):

  • Ceramic Mug (found mine at Dollar Tree)
  • Stencil Vinyl
  • Multi-Surface Paint Pens or Colored Permanent Markers
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Transfer Tape
  • Oven for curing ink

Try the design used in this project: Coffee Is Always A Good Idea


1. Wash your mug thoroughly with soap and water, making sure to remove tags or stickers.

2. Resize your image on your software to fit your mug. I proportionally resized my image to be about 3 inches by 3 inches. Send to your machine to cut out the design on the stencil vinyl.

3. Using your tweezers, begin peeling away the letters part of the design from the backing. Ensure that the small inner spaces of the letters stay down on the backing.

4. With your scissors, cut out a piece of transfer tape that fits the size of your stencil. Lay it down on your vinyl and squeegee any air bubbles out to ensure that even the small inner pieces of the letters stick to the transfer tape.

5. Peel up the vinyl and transfer tape from the backing, making sure all of the design is transferring correctly.

6. Align your design and firmly press the vinyl down on the mug, Squeegee again to ensure the vinyl will stick when removing transfer tape.

7. Peel away the transfer tape to leave behind the vinyl stencil. Now you are ready to begin coloring in the design.

8. You are free to use any colors you want to color in your design. As you can see here, we used multi-surface paint pens made from Artistro, however permanent markers like Sharpie work just fine as well. Fill-in color until completed.

9. After coloring, peel away the stencil. Make sure to get each piece of vinyl and any other stickers or tags.

10. After peeling everything away, place your mug in the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake for 30 minutes to cure the ink. Make sure to keep the mug in the oven during the preheating and cooling of the oven to prevent any cracks in the ceramic.

11. After baking, your personalized mug is completed!

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