Easy Dotted Sharpie Mugs {PERFECT Teacher Appreciation Gifts}!

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MUST PIN! Easy dotted Sharpie Mugs THAT YOU CAN WASH. Full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

If you have young kids, you probably know that Teacher Appreciation Week is just around the corner!  This year, I want to present my girls’ preschool teachers with extra special teacher appreciation gifts because I just adore them and they work so, so hard all year long.  I can’t wait to tell you all about how I created these easy, adorable dotted Sharpie mugs!

My twin girls attend preschool Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and have two teachers.  Not only do Attley and Avery have a great time at preschool, they honestly have learned SO MUCH this year, and it’s all because of how hard Ms. J and Ms. K have been working.  For example, my girls’ class studied penguins in Feburary and one morning, when we had snow, Avery started rattling off everything she had learned about penguins.  Among the MANY facts she shared with me, she told excitedly told that penguins live in the snow.  She also told me that penguins have babies from eggs, and that they balance the eggs on their feet. I was impressed.  When I told Ms. J that I was surprised Avery remembered that penguins balance their eggs on their feet, she explained that they had practiced balancing eggs on their feet for that lesson.  WOW!  That is why she has an early childhood education degree and I don’t :)  And it just demonstrates how much our girls’ teachers care about teaching our girls, while having fun at the same time.  We are very lucky to have them.

Many of you may have seen my easy dotted Easter eggs that I shared over on Reasons to Skip the Housework.  The eggs were so fun to make.  I used a decoration method on the eggs that I originally saw used on mugs.  Once I decided that I wanted to make Ms. J and Ms. K customized gifts this year, these easy, dotted sharpie mugs came to mind right away!  So, I asked them what their favorite colors were and got to work!

Materials Needed to create easy dotted Sharpie mugs:

  • Craft Stickers
  • A working oven :)

Steps to create easy dotted Sharpie mugs:

1) Place a sticker on your mug.  You can place it wherever you like.

2) Using a Sharpie oil-based paint pen in a color of your choice, begin making dots around the edge of your sticker.  Heavily concentrate your dots around the edge of the sticker.  As you work your way outward, make your dots less concentrated.  You can use 1 color or multiple colors.

MUST PIN!  Easy dotted Sharpie Mugs.  Full tutorial by Designer trapped in a Lawyer's Body.  #sharpiemugs

MUST PIN!  Easy dotted Sharpie Mugs.  Full tutorial by Designer trapped in a Lawyer's Body.  #sharpiemugs

3) Allow time for your paint to dry.

4) Once the paint is dry, peel your sticker off.

5) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Once your oven is heated, set your mugs inside and let them “bake” for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, turn off the oven and let the mugs and oven cool down.

THAT’S IT!  How adorable and fun are these mugs?

If you enjoyed this post, you should also check out my DIY his & hers sharpie mugs:


OMG! I love these DIY His and Hers mugs by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body! Full tutorial included. They are easy and ADORABLE!!!

and my DIY chevron Sharpie mugs:

AWESOME! Learn how to make sharpie mugs with a chevron pattern. They are easy, affordable and make PERFECT GIFTS!

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I also created a fun printable to accompany the dotted mugs for Teacher Appreciation week.  I have thought many times that at age 3, it’s amazing how much our girls have started to use deductive reasoning, i.e., “connect the dots,” all on their own.  So, I thought it would be just perfect to incorporate that idea into the printable, since I know our girls’ teachers have a lot to do with just how many dots our girls are connecting these days!

MUST PIN!  These easy dotted mugs make for the perfect teacher appreciate gift!  Full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body!  #teacherappreciation #sharpiemugs

You can save the image to your computer by right-clicking on it and saving it to your computer.

I set my printer to print it on plain, white 8.5 x 11 inch printer paper, 9 to a page so that it was the perfect small, square size to attach to my mug with a ribbon.  I cut it out with scissors and glued it to a piece of scrapbook paper for some added interest and rigidity.

I LOVE these mugs and hope Ms. K and Ms. J will, too!  I know my girls will love presenting them with these one-of-a-kind gifts.

MUST PIN!  Easy, dotted mugs for PERFECT teacher appreciation gifts!  Full tutorial plus a free printable! by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.  #teacherappreciation #sharpiemugs

What do you think?  Will you be making these for the special teachers in your children’s lives?  What color combination will you use?  And if you want to save this project for later, why not pin it for easy reference?

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  1. Jamie says

    What I love about this, is its so simple and even if it isn’t as pretty as yours or even a not so creative person tried it, it would still be amazing! And even a child could do it and same thing, the “messiness” of the childs attempts would make it that much more precious! I love this and I don’t give most things a try but I might actually do this one! Thanks for sharing!
    P.S. Even if it does wash off, the impact of the gift and the fact that it was made by hand would follow and stay with the receiver for a life time. And if you think it might come off, you could make it a pen etc mug for their desk or whatever, or tell them to hand wash carefully in typed instructions or script on a letter/card.

  2. Ashley says

    Does the sharpie wash off??? I made these as a gift and i dont want them to mess up after they wash them.

    • says

      Hi Ashley! As long as you used oil-based Sharpie paint pens and baked them per the instructions, they should hold up just fine to hand washing!


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