Stormtrooper Sharpie Mug

So, this sharpie mug thing was really stuck in my head for a long time. Every time I see one, I say “I need to make one”. I was obsessed with the idea of personalizing Mugs. Then I decided that last Christmas gifts would be all handmade and my lil’ bro drinks tea every night. Perfect opportunity!!! He is also a HUGE fan of Star Wars, especially Stormtroopers, he even has a cool pj. I immediately knew what the theme was going to be! Yup… exactly! Stormtrooper sharpie mug it is!!!

Stormtrooper Sharpie Mug


I’ve never been that much fan of Star Wars. I watched all the movies and all and I must admit the characters are pretty cool but like to be obsessed with LOL. Maybe I’m too girly, I don’t know. But I love this kind of obsessions because they are a source of inspiration to make gifts!

My brother LOVED his cup and he uses it every night. I can’t be prouder.

The bad side is that I confirmed most tutorials story. Regular sharpies shade with time. Ate least with regular way of wash. I warned everyone to wash carefully without the harsh side of the sponge but someone after almost 2 months used it and it scratched the design. I’m sure it would have lasted longer with proper care.

My brother was so disappointed. I felt so bad.

You may ask why am I sharing this anyway? Well, the mug itself turned out great and he loved it, so it’s an idea I definitely wanted to share! Also, because I’m planning on getting some Sharpies oil base and also other markers that my friend Amy from One Artsy Mama recommended to try the same mug again until I get it to not fade.

So, I’ll be updating this post as I try! Cool right… Like a sharpie Mug journal! LOL.

I’ll show you how I made this stormtrooper sharpie mug this time and then I’ll be updating with the other markers until there is a final strategy!


  • Cheap Mug {the cheaper, the better}
  • Sharpie Marker {for this design Black}
  • Rubbing Alcohol and cotton.
  • Design

Step 1: First using a cotton ball, rub alcohol all over your cup and let it dry well.

view of alcohol, mug and black sharpie pen

Step 2: Using your design as reference, hand-draw with your sharpie. I read that you can also use transfer the design but I didn’t want to get the surface dirty with graphite.

view of stormtrooper reference and mug
view of the mug painted with the sharpie pen

I drew the stormtrooper features on one side and “Keep calm and Star Wars” on the other.

another view of the mug painted with the sharpie pen
rear view of the mug painted with the sharpie pen

Also make sure you start your design at least 1 inch bellow the border line just for safety so you don’t put your lips on the design.

Step 3: Put it in the cold oven. Do not turn it on until you have the cup in the oven. Then set it up to 350ºF {180-200ºC}. Once it hits the temperature bake it for 45 minutes. Turn off the over and leave the cup since until the oven is completely cold and the cup is cold again.


view all sides painted of Stormtrooper Sharpie Mug Design
one side view Stormtrooper Sharpie Mug
other side view Stormtrooper Sharpie Mug

I’ll be posting you on further discoveries regarding the best marker for this Stormtrooper sharpie mug project, so stay tuned!!!

Hope you like this project or at least the design!!!

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Til' next time...

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