Easy Dotted Sharpie Mugs {PERFECT Teacher Appreciation Gifts}!

MUST PIN!  Easy, dotted mugs for PERFECT teacher appreciation gifts!  Full tutorial plus a free printable! by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.  #teacherappreciation #sharpiemugs

If you have young kids, you probably know that Teacher Appreciation Week is just around the corner!  This year, I want to present my girls’ preschool teachers with extra special teacher appreciation gifts because I just adore them and they work so, so hard all year long.  I can’t wait to tell you all about how I created these easy, adorable dotted Sharpie mugs!

My twin girls attend preschool Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and have two teachers.  Not only do Attley and Avery have a great time at preschool, they honestly have learned SO MUCH this year, and it’s all because of how hard Ms. J and Ms. K have been working.  For example, my girls’ class studied penguins in Feburary and one morning, when we had snow, Avery started rattling off everything she had learned about penguins.  Among the MANY facts she shared with me, she told excitedly told that penguins live in the snow.  She also told me that penguins have babies from eggs, and that they balance the eggs on their feet. I was impressed.  When I told Ms. J that I was surprised Avery remembered that penguins balance their eggs on their feet, she explained that they had practiced balancing eggs on their feet for that lesson.  WOW!  That is why she has an early childhood education degree and I don’t :)  And it just demonstrates how much our girls’ teachers care about teaching our girls, while having fun at the same time.  We are very lucky to have them.

Many of you may have seen my easy dotted Easter eggs that I shared over on Reasons to Skip the Housework.  The eggs were so fun to make.  I used a decoration method on the eggs that I originally saw used on mugs.  Once I decided that I wanted to make Ms. J and Ms. K customized gifts this year, these easy, dotted sharpie mugs came to mind right away!  So, I asked them what their favorite colors were and got to work!

Materials Needed to create easy dotted Sharpie mugs:

  • Craft Stickers
  • A working oven :)

Steps to create easy dotted Sharpie mugs:

1) Place a sticker on your mug.  You can place it wherever you like.

2) Using a Sharpie oil-based paint pen in a color of your choice, begin making dots around the edge of your sticker.  Heavily concentrate your dots around the edge of the sticker.  As you work your way outward, make your dots less concentrated.  You can use 1 color or multiple colors.

MUST PIN!  Easy dotted Sharpie Mugs.  Full tutorial by Designer trapped in a Lawyer's Body.  #sharpiemugs

MUST PIN!  Easy dotted Sharpie Mugs.  Full tutorial by Designer trapped in a Lawyer's Body.  #sharpiemugs

3) Allow time for your paint to dry.

4) Once the paint is dry, peel your sticker off.

5) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Once your oven is heated, set your mugs inside and let them “bake” for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, turn off the oven and let the mugs and oven cool down.

THAT’S IT!  How adorable and fun are these mugs?  I originally saw them on Glued to My Crafts and am so grateful.  It’s such a fabulous idea!

I also created a fun printable to accompany the mugs.  I have thought many times that at age 3, it’s amazing how much our girls have started to use deductive reasoning, i.e., “connect the dots,” all on their own.  So, I thought it would be just perfect to incorporate that idea into the printable, since I know our girls’ teachers have a lot to do with just how many dots our girls are connecting these days!

MUST PIN!  These easy dotted mugs make for the perfect teacher appreciate gift!  Full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body!  #teacherappreciation #sharpiemugs

You can save the image to your computer by right-clicking on it and saving it to your computer.

I set my printer to print it on plain, white 8.5 x 11 inch printer paper, 9 to a page so that it was the perfect small, square size to attach to my mug with a ribbon.  I cut it out with scissors and glued it to a piece of scrapbook paper for some added interest and rigidity.

I LOVE these mugs and hope Ms. K and Ms. J will, too!  I know my girls will love presenting them with these one-of-a-kind gifts.

MUST PIN!  Easy, dotted mugs for PERFECT teacher appreciation gifts!  Full tutorial plus a free printable! by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.  #teacherappreciation #sharpiemugs

What do you think?  Will you be making these for the special teachers in your children’s lives?  What color combination will you use?

MUST PIN!  Easy dotted Sharpie Mugs.  Full tutorial by Designer trapped in a Lawyer's Body.  #sharpiemugs

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  1. says

    I was JUST telling my daughter that we needed to get her teacher a gift for the end of the year! Im going to have to help her make this for her teacher!

    • says

      Hi Jenna! I should have mentioned that by using the oil-based pens AND baking them in the oven, they SHOULD be dishwasher safe. But, since I have not made any for myself yet, I have not actually tested it out. I did make some of these for my sister a couple of months ago and told her to run them through the dishwasher, but in an abundance of caution, she continues to hand wash hers.

    • says

      Hi Sandra! Thank you so much! I think the girls’ teachers will love them. And I love them so much I want to make some for myself when I can find the time :)


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