DIY-Painted Mugs, Plates, Glasses

I can literally spend hours on Pinterest and wouldn’t even realize it until my arm starts cramping, or eyes start burning after looking at the phone for such a long time! Thanks to Pinterest, I came across this super-easy DIY project, which is not only great for personal use but is an excellent handmade gifting idea for  your loved ones for any occasion or just like that! (hint hint: Christmas gift ideas).



To start off, I needed the following items:

  1. Plain Mugs, Plates, Glasses (I had few white coloured extras in the house)
  2. Oil Based Markers (Sharpies, Painty or any brand available at the local craft store)
  3. Rubbing Alcohol
  4. Oven

I had to make sure that both my hands and the mug (the item being painted) were not greasy (no snacking in between!) otherwise the markers won’t stain and the colours would come off easily after washing. Little bit of rubbing alcohol can be used to clean the surface, if required.


Normal permanent markers, Sharpies (water-based) will not work even if the mug has been baked, so as mentioned before, only oil based markers will do the job.

Once I had finished painting the surface of the once-boring-looking mugs, I let it sit for sometime before popping them in the oven.

As researched before-hand, I didn’t pre-heat the oven. I put all the painted beauties inside the oven for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees Celsius and let them sit there till the oven cooled down, to avoid the chances of them cracking due to the sudden temperature difference .



I have already used the mugs and plates and have hand-washed them quite few times. The colour is still perfect and there hasn’t been any fading till now.



So extremely happy with the cute little mugs! Sipping morning tea has become exciting – drinking from a personalized mug is always special!

This project is super easy and fun (warning: kind of addictive too). Since this is such a personal project idea there is no  right or wrong way of doing it. So no worries if the mug looks entirely different from the picture you got inspiration from on Pinterest. Let the the creative juices flow and if anything goes wrong, there is always rubbing alcohol to the rescue!




Did I mention that this is addictive? – once I started on this, for a few days I kept frantically checking my kitchen cabinets with a marker in my hand for more plates, glasses and anything made of glass with a plain looking surface!

I hope you find this DIY idea as interesting as I did. Let me know if you have tried it out or not and did it work for you, in the comment section below.

Till then,

Ciao xx






  1. Suparna
    November 20, 2016 / 8:23 pm

    Simply amazing…..awesome pics …loved each one of them…the Christmas plates were beautiful…

    • November 20, 2016 / 8:27 pm

      Thank you so much for the encouraging words !

  2. Suparna
    November 20, 2016 / 8:27 pm

    Amazing work Kola. Loved each one of them.the Christmas plate was wonderful(hint):-)

  3. Debalina
    November 20, 2016 / 8:59 pm

    OMG!!! I’m taking out a bunch of white crockery that I have stashed in the garage ( I hate them, they are so boring) and I’m getting cracking!!! Thanks a ton Shona for this idea.

    • November 20, 2016 / 9:02 pm

      Thank you !! So glad you liked the post.
      Get started and you would so it so much better! Do share the pics once completed 😊

  4. Tapashi Gangulee
    November 20, 2016 / 9:57 pm

    Lovely painting. It’s really a great idea to change the old potteries into new. You are having a great artistic since. Carry on this hobby in near future you will be appreciated by all. I personally like your painting very much.

  5. Sanjukta Maitra
    November 20, 2016 / 10:27 pm

    Wow !!!! Simply amazing! What a wonderful way to transform your old boring potteries. You have got such a steady hand and the designs are awesome.Loved each one of them.keep up the good work.The glasses are truely magical!!

  6. November 25, 2016 / 12:38 am

    I love how you transformed plain white mugs into beautiful works of art!!!

  7. November 12, 2017 / 9:19 pm

    Finally I got read this beautiful DIY plates and I am just amazed by the creativity! Really beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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