Thursday, January 10, 2013

Copycat Craft: Sharpie-Decorated Dishware



I just couldn't resist trying the Sharpie technique on some plain white mugs we had after featuring some by Simply Kierste a few weeks ago. I'm sure you've seen this idea all over Pinterest, but maybe (like me) you've been curious about whether or not it really works. It does! Now, I used a stencil kit by Martha Stewart for our mugs, and as you can tell in the picture above, the edges bled a little. I like them anyway, but they weren't good enough to give away as gifts. I'm glad I used my own mugs as guinea pigs. For the bowls below, I printed off the numbers and words, then transfered the outlines to the dishware using a pencil. I've used this technique several times, like here and here. Then I filled in the outlines with a Sharpie. That worked much better.


For these soup bowls, if you're interested, I used a font called soymilk.



There's been quite a bit of discussion about how long to bake the dishware for, and whether or not it's dishwasher-safe afterwards. It seems there's a variety of ideas out there, so I kinda combined some of that advice. I'll just tell you what worked for me. I started the dishes out in a cold oven, set the temperature for 450 degrees, and when the correct temperature was reached, I set the timer for 45 minutes. I let it bake for that amount of time, then shut the oven off, but left the dishes in there until they cooled completely. In fact, just to be on the safe side, I left them in there overnight. Now, as for the question of whether or not they're dishwasher safe, I've never tested this out. I'd recommend hand-washing.

So that's it! So easy to do, and a quick-enough process that you can make several sets for giving away. I'll be doing this again.

46 comments:

  1. I really like the first bowls. I might have to try this!

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Tracie. It's really easy...let me know how yours turn out!

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  2. Love the bowls, the simplicity is so clean and refreshing, not too much. Just me, don't like too much decoration on things. Did you use a sharpie paint pen on the bowls and cups? I'm still looking for the paint pens in Grand Junction. I'll have to do a search for them I guess. Now to find some nice plain bowls that are affordable. Happy crafting/creating.

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    1. Nope, not a paint pen, just a run-of-the-mill-buy-at-Staples Sharpie. Thanks for loving them!

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  3. I love this idea. I've never tried it, but so want to! Have a great weekend.
    Leslie
    House on the Way

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  4. Sono deliziose le tue decorazioni!
    Bellalullo

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  5. These are super cute! I love the first set pictured!! I am off to find some bowls to color on now ;)

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  6. Visiting from Classy Clutter. I've been wanting to try this for a while, just wasn't completely sure how to go about it. Thanks! Yours look great, btw!

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  7. I LOVE the soup bowls!!!! They are absolutely adorable!!! What a cute idea!

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  8. Thanks for the tips! Yours turned out beautifully.

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  9. I'm never brave enough to do the Sharpie technique 'cause I want them to pass the dishwasher test. You can do the same thing with a porcelain pen and they'll be dishwasher safe though. Your cups and bowls look amazing ... I love the designs you chose!

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    1. Yeah I thought about using a porcelain pen but kept reading mixed reviews about those too, so I figured if I wasn't going to be brave enough to wash either one in the dishwasher I might as well just use what I had on hand.

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  10. What a pretty stencil kit! I have some mugs that need a little decoration. Maybe I'll finally have to try this :)

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  11. Super cute!!! Thanks so much for sharing them! I'd love for you to visit my blog.
    Have a fabulous day!

    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  12. Oooh I love this idea! They turned out so cool!!

    xoxo, Tanya
    twelveOeight

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    1. Thanks Tanya! I've seen and read your blog a lot...it's wonderful!

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  13. I can't believe you made these with a sharpie! So cute! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. I'm glad to hear that it actually works! I too have seen it all over Pinterest, but was scared to try it. Your bowls and mugs look great!

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  15. I've been wanting to try this for awhile. Thanks for the easy directions! Visiting from the linky party.

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment. Hope you come back soon!

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  16. love your decorated dishaware. I might need to do some of these for decor pieces in my kitchen!

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    1. If you do, I'd love to see how they turn out. Thx for stopping by.

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  17. Yep, been wondering if this really works. May give it a go on a coffee mug for starters after reading your post. Thanks for the post.

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  18. Did you put them on a cookie sheet before placing in the oven?

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  19. I just found you through TJ and I can't tell you how much I love this. I might be inspired! Also, I looked though your other projects–you have some great stuff here! Therefore, I’d like to invite you to link up at my new link party (I know, an other link party?!?) but this one is different. It is for our OLD posts, great ideas that we feel didn’t get enough attention the first time around.

    http://www.dosmallthingswithlove.com/2013/01/hello-and-welcome-to-first-oldie-but.html

    Hope to see you there!

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    1. What a great idea, Nancy! I'll have to check it out.

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    1. Aw, thanks, Jamie! Hope to chat with you again soon.

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  21. Thanks for sharing. I love this too. P.S. I'm a new follower now too. :)

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    1. Thanks ever so much, Kellie. I love my followers!

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  22. Great minds think alike:) Love your soup bowls and sharpie creations! New like on your Facebook. Like me too http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2013/01/love-me-love-my-dog.html

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  23. Interesting. Love how simple, but beautiful, they are.

    I'd love if you shared this project at my Show & Tell party this week. http://www.gingerlymade.com/2013/01/show-tell-9.html

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  24. I love this idea, and your dishes turned out gorgeous! I featured this on my blog today! You can check it out and grab a button here: http://practicallyfunctional.net/2013/01/the-fun-in-functional-link-party-34/

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  25. Personalized tableware is going to be my goal. No one allowed to use any but their own! Then, there will be no question of 'Ok, who left their dishes in the living room?' (Somehow, getting teens to stay at the table is soooo much more difficult than little ones!)
    I've been thinking of this for some tome. You've convinced me! Lol
    Carla

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  26. These are so neat! I love the fonts. Megan

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  27. My daughter in law had our granddaughters decorate coffee cups for my husband and I for Christmas but the ink on my cup rubbed off without even being washed : (
    Do you think I could rebake it and make it more permanent? Just a few spaces rubbed off before I realized it was coming off would love to be able to use them but scared we will mess them up. Any suggestions welcomed. Thanks

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    1. Hi Lee, thanks for your question! I don't think it would hurt to try firing them again, although I wonder if they used a different type of marker or something. I just used Sharpies. Here's what I did: I started the dishes out in a cold oven, set the temperature for 450 degrees, and when the correct temperature was reached, I set the timer for 45 minutes. I let it bake for that amount of time, then shut the oven off, but left the dishes in there until they cooled completely. In fact, just to be on the safe side, I left them in there overnight. Now, as for the question of whether or not they're dishwasher safe, I've never tested this out. I'd recommend hand-washing. Hope this helps!

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  28. Hey, nice site you have here! Keep up the excellent work!

    Sharpie


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