March 18, 2015

DIY Sharpie Mugs // But First Coffee, Mug Swap

When Kallie from But First Coffee announced her 3rd Mug Swap I knew I wanted in and immediately signed up. I have done a few swaps at Christmas, but this was my favorite exchange so far.

DIY Sharpie Coffee Mug

The "rules" were simple and I loved that we got to know our partner before we swapped mugs so that interests and favorites could be discovered.

I was paired up with Melanie and after we chatted from the initial e-mail I knew we were practically the same person. We peeked at each other's Instagram accounts and found out we love so many of the same exact things, it was crazy!

Needless to say, it was fun to shop for Melanie's mug. I had a few in mind that I wanted to purchase, but unfortunately they went over the budget we were supposed to keep in way over, not a few dollars, which I totally would have done. I was bummed out and stuck for a little, but then had an idea.

cool coffee mugs

Why not purchase a mug for Melanie and make one? I've have been wanting to try the DIY Sharpie Mugs, so I did just that.

sharpie mug

To make the mug I followed these simple steps:
Wash to clean mug and dry thoroughly
Use Sharpie permanent markers to create design or write wording
Bake at 350 degrees in oven for 30-45 minutes
Remove and let dry for 1-2 hours before touching

*Be sure to care for the mug by hand washing.

Pinterest DIY Mug

DIY Sharpie mug

I was thrilled when I received my package from Melanie. She enclosed a sweet card and even wrapped my presents in leopard print tissue paper...score! Melanie gifted me my favorite color mug with my initial on it...I don't have any mugs like it, which is awesome. She also gave me a beautiful silver notebook journal that has my motto, "Dream Big" on it.

But First Coffee Mug Swap

I had such a fun time getting to know Melanie and participating in Kallie's third Mug Swap. I'll definitely get involved the next time, and am looking forward to my next swap hosted by Cassie & Anne.

Did you participate in the #bfcMugSwap?!  


  1. That mug is so cute!! It helps that you have awesome handwriting ;) I'm not sure mine would look that good haha. I do love a good DIY though so I will have to try this!

  2. Adorable! Can't wait to see your journal too!!!

  3. So cute, love the mug you made! Swaps are so much fun! :)

  4. Thank you Julia, I had fun making it! I love these swaps :)

  5. Thanks so much Cassie, I am loving these swaps!

  6. Awe you should try it with a stencil! Then you could have the fun of making it, but still use some lettering you would like!

  7. This is such a cute idea! I participated in the mug swap as well and really enjoyed the whole process! It was my first time doing anything like it, and I will def be taking part again.

  8. It was the best swap I have done so far, I really enjoyed it. Thank you for the sweet comment Annessa, I really enjoyed making it!