One Hour DIY: Custom Coffee Cups

Custom Coffee Cups in Use 2 by SevenDaysBlog

As you might remember, this week I was feeling inspired by some adorable coffee cups I found online. I'm obsessed with coffee cups. I could possibly one day have my own episode of Hoarders where the camera crew finds me buried beneath a pile of porcelain and ceramic. At least it's better than hoarding farm animals, right?

For our wedding we got the cutest set of coffee cups. The problem is that I don't like to use them everyday because they're just plain white (I like to match my coffee cup to my mood in the morning). After seeing those animal cups I knew that I had to recreate them and give some life to my plain ones. 

Custom Coffee Cups Plain by SevenDaysBlog
If you look carefully you can spot my curtains and coffee table tray!

All you need for this DIY is a cup, a Sharpie, and an oven. You probably have all of that in your kitchen right now! Just draw your design directly on the cup, place the finished product into your cold oven, crank it up to 350˚ and let it bake for 30 minutes. I've read some reviews that these Sharpie designs don't always hold up to the dishwasher. I don't personally have one of those fancy machines, but I've given mine a few good scrubs and they're stilling looking great.

Custom Coffee Cup Boy by SevenDaysBlog
Custom Coffee Cups Girl by SevenDaysBlog

I decided on two little penguins, and I've named are Ezra and Elsie. I think Tom and I are going to have a lot of great mornings with them! 

Custom Coffee Cups in Use 1 by SevenDaysBlog

Have you ever tried customizing coffee cups? Give this method a try and let me know how it turns out!


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  2. How cute! I've always wanted to try this DIY but I get super nervous when it comes to drawing on something with permanent marker! But it's still on my to-diy list.
    :) Liz @

    1. I've always felt the same way, but then I learned that before you heat set it you can take the permanent marker off with nail polish remover. You can start over as many times as you want!

  3. These are so fun and personal. Thanks for sharing! Xo M&K at

  4. Beautiful, thanks for sharing :)

  5. This is really a cool hobby. Few days ago, i have tried to make some custom coffee cups for my gf. And that idea worked well. She was so happy after getting one. :-)