Have you ever looked around your kitchen and seen plain dishes and kitchenware, but wanted your personal stamp on your kitchen? I sure have. I decided that spring this year, means a fresh look to my kitchenware! Join me as I personalize different items in my kitchenware this month! We’re starting off a series this month, so make sure to stick around!

This week, I started out easy. Personalizing a mug is so easy and the possibilities are really endless! (It also makes a great gift!)


  1. Ceramic Mug
  2. A Sharpie Permanent Marker
  3. Your Oven

Three things – that’s all you need!

Getting Started:

  1. To personalize your mug, think about what you’re going to draw or doodle BEFORE you get started. Remember that you’re working with permanent markers! I sketched out my spring motif on a piece of scrap paper first.
  2. Plan ahead for how your sketch will look on the round mug! Dishes, mugs, and cups are 3 dimensional, so I always like to visualize how my pattern or sketch will look on all sides of my piece.

  3. Doodle away! Just draw on your mug with your sharpie! How easy is that!

  4. Bake it: 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Let it cool and hand-wash for a longer-lasting image. If it starts to fade, just redraw over your existing sketch and re-bake to set the ink!

Stores like Old Time Pottery are great to get simple white dishes for a project like this. At their great prices, I was able to make a great unique mug set for my kitchen for way less! Make sure to check out their selection of open stock white dinnerware pieces, sold year round!

Valerie Morris is a true DIY maven at heart. Before there was Pinterest, she had (and still has) a binder full of magazine clippings and ideas of things she wants to make or ideas for decorating her home. She always has a project in mind and in process. You can almost see the gears spinning in her head when she has a new project idea. Valerie loves finding a great deal and repurposing decor around her home in new ways. Old Time Pottery is one of her favorite shopping locations and she proudly contributes to our Pinterest boards, our blog, and many other creative ventures wherever she can!
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