Fail: DIY Sharpie Dinnerware

Name: Abby @ Trial & Error Creativity

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Original Inspiration:

What I Did: I knew what I was getting into when I started this. I had heard almost universally that this project was doomed. Besides, it sounds too good to be true. You’re telling me I can make whatever design I want using nothing but Sharpies, and all I need is to bake it for a little bit?

I decided that I’d have to go big or go home with this project: 400*? Try 450*. Thirty minutes? Try an hour and a half. I decided that I’d risk burning the porcelain (if such a thing is possible) to really, really, *really* bake the Sharpie in.

I should have known I was in for it when, after the porcelain was cool, I picked it up with damp hands, only to smudge some of the porcelain. I gave it the benefit of the doubt: maybe I had just smudged the excess Sharpie.

The benefit was squashed when I gave it a gentle cleansing with soap and water. No sponge, either — just my hands. Half of the design came off as a result. The above picture is the result of washing with a textured sponge. It came off completely when I put the pitcher into the washing machine.

Oh well — at least I still have a cute pitcher!

Blog Post Detailing The Experience:

My Result:

Next Time I Will:  Buy porcelain paint, because this project does NOT work with Sharpies!


  1. Michaela

    I did this project too! In Sharpie’s defense, there are Sharpie® Oil-Based Paint Pens that would work for this project, but not many people on Pinterest bother to mention that! Personally, I used the generic paint marker that was on sale.

  2. Misty

    The sharpies will work on coffee mugs. I have done a few of those and it’s never came off.

  3. Gina

    This actually does work. You have to bake it at a lower temperature for a longer period of time. There is a pin explaining this on pinterest. I have done it and it is dishwasher safe.

  4. Sarah

    I wish I could bake my walls at 450 for hours. Maybe my toddler’s artwork would come off !!

  5. Ashley

    Sharpies worked for me!

  6. Jessica Kues

    I made one of these for my dad, and you have to put the mug, or vase in a cold oven and heat to 450. I let it bake for an hour once it heated, and then I turned off the oven and let the mug cool with the oven. The sharpie has stayed on wonderfully since then.

  7. Tina

    There’s another type of pen, similar to a Sharpie, called a Laundry Pen that does hold up at high temps. I used them as an intern testing circuits at high temps (labelling purposes). I’m not sure how commonly stocked they are at office supplies, though. And I don’t think they come in a lot of colors.

  8. Tina

    Edit for my previous post: I just Googled it. It’s the Sharpie Rub-a-Dub marker and it only comes in black.

  9. Hannah

    Sharpie is not food safe after baking, so be careful of where you put it on you piece. There are food safe alternatives such as pebeo pens.

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