Handmade Sharpie Mug for Valentine's Day | DIY Sound wave message mug | The Craftables TutorialEver come up with a DIY, that wasn’t perfectly executed. But the idea is so darn cute, you want to share it anyway? That’s how I feel about this sound wave message mug, that I made for my husband. The idea is adorable. My execution is slightly lacking. However, it’s something you can fix easily. So, let’s jump in and make something special for Valentine’s Day.

This mug is definitely more special than it looks. Because there’s a secret message coded into the sound wave. I recorded a message, converted it to a sound wave and drew it on the mug. That way, whenever my husband uses the mug, he knows I’m trying to tell him something special. Don’t worry, it sounds more complicated than it is!

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Believe it or not, I’ve never made a sharpie mug before. Which is astounding as it is one of the most common DIYs on the internet! So, I was super excited to finally try it for myself. For this DIY you’ll need:

  • Porcelain white mug
  • Coloured Sharpie / Pebeo Markers
  • Tracing Paper
  • Pencil

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  1. Start by writing out the message you would like to share. I suggest keeping it short, so it’s easier to draw later.
  2. Next, using your phone or any online software, record your message.
  3. Then, use an online software converter to change your recording into a sound wave. There are loads of sound wave design options. I chose this bar design, as it’s simple to draw precisely.
  4. Resize and print out a copy of your sound wave message.
  5. Trace the message and draw an online on the mug. Do this in pencil so it can be rubbed off the mug later. Draw it slightly thinner than you would ideally like.
  6. Draw over the outline slowly and carefully. Most pens dry in minutes. And if you make a mistake, use a makeup wipe or nail polish remover to rub it off and try again. Try to match the lengths of your sound wave as close as possible.
  7. Add any details on the handle and remaining portion of the mug. But, avoid the inside and rim of the mug. Though sharpies are non toxic, why take a chance!
  8. Place the mug in an oven heated to 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Let it cool.
  9. Check if any of the colours have faded after it has cooled and do another coat if necessary. Repeat the colours and place in the oven at 350 for another 30 minutes.
  10. Once it has cooled, rinse it to check how your colours have set.

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From what I’ve read online, people have experienced different results with sharpie mugs. Mine did turn out slightly patchy for the colours. But, I used the sharpie instead of the Pebeo markers. So, if you like, you can try those too on your message mug.

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Who would you make a sound wave message mug for and what would you write? Let us know in the comments below!

PS: I totally think this is an amazing gift for Valentine’s Day. Right?