Food Safe Personalized Mugs

Coffee Mugs

Friends! I am SO excited about what I have to share with you today!! For years, we crafters have faced quite a dilemma. Naturally, we want to craft all the things, which includes making personalized coffee mugs. But our options have been limited. Permanent marker doesn’t last forever, despite what Pinterest might lead us to believe. Other markers change colors when baked. And even glass paint has a drawback, while it’s non-toxic, it’s not food safe. But guess what. There’s a new option. PaintedbyMe Permanent Paint Markers for ceramics. And guess what else. When you use them with PaintedbyMe ceramic mugs, they are…

Dishwasher Safe.

Microwave Safe.


That means you can decorate all the way to the rim! You can decorate IN the cup! Guys, this is a game changer!


All you need:
{mine were provided by ilovetocreate, but all opinions are my own!}
PaintedbyMe mug
PaintedbyMe Permanent Paint Marker for Ceramics


That’s it! You can find these at your local JoAnn Fabrics store {most of them, anyway}, or order online. Once you’ve got your supplies, you’re ready to create any kind of personalized mug you can imagine! Just follow these simple steps.

Step 1: Wash your mug and dry it with a soft lint-free cloth.

Step 2: Use the pens to draw and write anything you like!

Step 3: Bake your mug in a non-preheated oven at 375 degrees for 40 minutes. Allow it to cool in the oven to prevent cracking, then remove and it’s ready to use!

Today, I want to show you some of the mugs I made for myself and my friends using phrases you all suggested on Facebook. I’ll warn you, though, I got on a roll, so there are lots to see!

Coffee Mugs

MUG #1:
One of the most popular suggestions I got was the phrase, “This might be wine…” Ah, two of my favorite things, wine and coffee. I lettered this design using the black and purple markers. I did my standard lettering technique for everything but “might,” which I simply write in all caps and embellished with a few purple lines. For a little extra fun, I drew a question mark on the inside of the rim. Is it coffee? Is it wine? I’m not telling!

This might be wine mug

This mug is actually a gift for my neighbor, who shares my love for both beverages, and she had suggested the phrase, “free refills.” I lettered that on the other side of the mug, using purple because it’s her favorite color and writing on a slant so that it didn’t matter if I goofed up and didn’t keep my letters straight. Shhh! Then I drew a cute little arrow pointing up to the top of the cup, where refills go!

Free Refills coffee mug

MUG #2
For this one, I thought I’d write out my daily “to do” list.


coffee create repeat mug

On the back, I lettered my blog logo. Official, huh? One thing I noticed is that the colored markers actually create a water-colored look…and I really like that!


MUG #3:
This one was Erin’s suggestion, “It’s Coffee o’clock.”

Coffee o'clock mug

Going with that theme, I decorated the other side to resemble a clock, but with a coffee cup at the 12, 3, 6, and 9 spots.

Coffee Time mug

MUG #4:
My friend Amanda and I are a lot alike; both of us are introverts and are absolutely NOT morning people. We also both have kiddos who are currently going through an, “I hate sleep” phase…which is not awesome in the least. Her suggestion was, “Mornings are the worst.” I lettered it in a pretty teal green, then put a cute little sunshine on the inside rim for extra irony.

Morning Coffee Mug

MUG #5:
This phrase was suggested by my friend Anne as well as my friend and fellow blogger, Jenny. I decided to break out the metallic markers: gold, silver, and copper and I’m so glad I did. I printed the first part, then lettered the important things, adding embellishments like lines and dots.

Coffee & Jesus mug

Then, on the back, I did a monogram. I drew my letter in black, then added metallic detailing. Next, I added curving vines with leaves using the silver marker and filled the leaves in with gold. Little gold and copper dots were the finishing touch.

Monogram Mug

These markers were so easy to use; they glide on smoothly and are able to do everything I wanted as far as hand lettering and embellishments. So, what do you think?! I would love to hear which mug is your favorite! What would you have on your own custom coffee mug?


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  1. OMG I love all of these… I should have known this 2 weeks ago so I could buy some and ship them here. I’m trying to make a star wars mug for my little bro =(… I’m so scared of the outcome using Sharpies but I’ll give it a try. You bet I’m buying some of these markers even if it’s next year! Great to know Amy!!!

  2. So cute! All of these designs are so simple, yet unique! They would make for both fabulous dishes and decor! Very nice work! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

    1. I know this is an old post… I have a question if anyone can answer, I’d be delighted. Would this be okay to write INSIDE the mug?

  3. A couple of years too late….lol

    The link no longer works for these pens, and the website no longer carries them. I found them listed at Joann’s but they only have three colors (gold, gray, red). Bleh. lol

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