How to Write on a Mug

by Melissa Lewis
Turn that plain mug into something more interesting.

Turn that plain mug into something more interesting.

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If you have a plain mug that you would like to personalize, perhaps for a gift, note that the mug is most likely glazed. Therefore, a regular permanent marker will not adhere to the mug's surface permanently. You must use a special tool for this task and then dry and bake the mug so the writing is permanent. You can use the same tools and techniques to write on mugs for other ceramics pieces, such as plates and saucers, if desired.

Items you will need

  • Dish soap
  • Towel
  • Rag or sponge
  • Marker or paint for ceramics
  • Soft synthetic-fiber paint brush
Step 1

Obtain a marker specially made to write on glazed ceramics at a store that sells craft items. Choose several colors, if desired. You can also write with special paint for glazed ceramics using a soft synthetic-fiber paint brush.

Step 2

Clean the mug in warm, soapy water, rinse and towel dry. Be sure there is no lint or dirt on the outside where you will be writing.

Step 3

Write or draw on the outside of the mug with the markers or paint. Do not write on the inside.

Step 4

Allow the marker or paint to air dry, according to manufacturer directions. It may recommend letting it air dry for 24 hours.

Step 5

Bake the mug to make the writings permanent. Follow the marker or paint's manufacturer directions for baking. Expect to bake it for about 30 minutes around 300 to 325 degrees F.

Step 6

Wash the mug in warm soapy water after each use. Use a soft rag or sponge and rinse. Do not use abrasive cleaners or sponges. Do not wash it in the dishwasher unless both the mug and the marker or paint's manufacturer states it is dishwasher safe.

About the Author

I love writing and write children's stories on the side, but have yet to be published. Before staying at home with my children, I was a media specialist for five years in which one of my duties was to assist students and teachers in researching information and then evaluating the reliability of the source. I am also a radio script writer for the non-profit organization, Christian Walk Alive, and write four episodes a year. In addition, I edit the episodes of the other writers. I am a homeschool mom to four wonderful children.

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