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Sharpie Dog Bowls

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My dog, Sammy, has had the same doggie bowls since the day we brought him home nearly 6 years ago. Time for an upgrade just in time for Christmas. I found these square bowls at Home Goods a few weeks ago and thought they’d be perfect for Sammy’s new bowls. Obviously the bowls needed some sharpie accents. Here’s what you’ll need to make these sharpie dog bowls:

  1. Ceramic Bowl(s)
  2. Sharpie (color of your choice)
  3. Rubbing Alcohol
  4. Cotton Balls or Tissue

I found some fonts online and decided to just freehand it. It just seemed like too much work to trace or figure out how to transfer a copied font. I basically started with the middle letter in the center then moved outwards towards each side. So that method’s not fool proof…

Fail 1:

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Fail 2:

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I didn’t worry too much about making it super perfect. After I got the basic shape of the letters down, I thickened up the lettering with a sharpie to fix all the imperfections and crooked parts.

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Next up, the water bowl. I repeated the same process again. This time with the word “thirsty”.

Fail 1:

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Only 1 fail later, success!

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Really, I just wanted the letters to be centered. Low bar. I repeated the same process by thickening up the lettering and fixing up the imperfections.

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To clean up all my screw ups, I put some rubbing alcohol on a tissue and wiped off all the fails. It came off super easy.

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Next, I popped the dishes into the oven, turned it up to 450°F, and let it bake 30 minutes after the oven was done preheating. After 30 minutes of baking, I turned off the oven and let the bowls cool off inside.

I pulled the bowls out of the oven and wiped them down with a wet paper towel to make sure there was no burnt Sharpie residue in them. Tah dah! New doggie bowls for Sammy. He LOVES them. Look at that face!

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The little dog is a craft project the neighbor’s kids made for him. Looks just like him!

Floral Sharpies

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A few years ago I bought a bunch of sharpies for my guests to use to sign my guestbook at my wedding. I bought the huge giant pack of them with a zillion colors that made me SO happy (minus the ugly, sad colors like brown and black). I designed a photo book on one of those websites that compiled our engagement photos into a book. I purposefully left a bunch of white in the layouts so guests had space to sign with my super colorful sharpies. The idea of leaving a sprawling mess of sharpies on a table made me cringe, so I decided to disguise them as flowers. Hence, floral sharpies.

This idea was inspired by restaurants and retail stores that use scotch tape or packaging tape to hold a silk flower to the pens. SO UGLY. Don’t do this. Boooooo.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Sharpies (Sharpie Fine Point 24-Pack)
  2. 1/2″ Floral Tape
  3. Silk/Fake Flowers (Calla Lilies)
  4. Optional: Craft Glue
  5. Optional: Vase
  6. Optional: Clear Vase Filler

I started by taking the silk flowers and snipping off the excess stem length. I left about 3″ attached to the flower. Long enough to make sure it didn’t wiggle around, but short enough so it wouldn’t stick out beyond the taped part of the sharpie.

If its too short, the flower wiggles around inside the tape and eventually falls out. If its too long, you can’t put the cap back on. After 30+ sharpies, that’s what I learned.

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Next, I held the stem up the the sharpie, matching up the point where the stem turns into the flower to the end of the sharpie.

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Next, I grabbed my tape, and started taping at the base of the sharpie, just above the cap with the floral tape. This way, you can still easily put on and take off the cap so the pens don’t dry out. The tape is pretty sticky and sticks to itself so it just stays put and doesn’t leave a gross residue if you decide to take it off later. I started the wrapping by going around the base 3 times to secure the end.

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I continued to wrap, but now going up in a spiral up the sharpie, making sure to keep the stem of the flower straight and tight against the sharpie. Once I got to the top, I wrapped 3 times around again and just ripped off the excess. That’s option 1 (and the easiest/laziest option). Option 2 is to use craft glue and secure the end. My pens lasted about 2 1/2 years without glue before the tape started to come apart. (Hence why I’m doing this again 3+ years later.) That’s good enough for me. Also, this tape has lasted me through 30+ sharpie wrappings (more than the number of sharpies I have because I’ve done some twice already)!

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For my wedding, I arranged all the flowers into a vase and used some vase filler to keep the bouquet up higher. I have no idea where the vase filler has gone since the wedding, but I still keep the floral sharpies in the same vase just because I like it when my sharpies look extra pretty.

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This kinda takes me back to the early 90’s when Clueless came out and Cher had a pink pom pom pen. Looks like pink floral tape on a BIC ball point pen to me!

Monogrammed Coffee Mug

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Seeing as how this my profile picture on all our social media, it would be a shame not to do a tutorial on this monogram coffee mug. I’ve seen this tutorial on a few blogs in various freehand versions on Pinterest. I’m a little too type A to freehand anything so permanent. Next best option: stenciling. So turned to my Silhouette Cameo and some leftover vinyl from another project to do my version of the monogrammed coffee mug and a cute little bonus (keep reading to find out!).

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Coffee mug(s)
  2. Oil Based Sharpie Marker(s)
  3. Vinyl
  4. Vinyl transfer paper
  5. Scissors or rotary cutter and rotary cutting mat
  6. Rubbing alcohol
  7. Cotton balls
  8. Oven
  9. Optional: Small paint brush
  10. Optional: Nail polish remover

I got my coffee mugs from Ikea for $1.99 each. I bought 6 and will eventually monogram all 6, but since these mugs are always rotating in and out of the dishwasher, I can only do a few at a time. A girl needs her coffee. So here’s to hoping I get to all 6. One day.

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Getting to the goal one mug at a time. I took my cotton ball, soaked some rubbing alcohol on it, and used it to wipe the surface of the cup to make sure the design area of the mug was extra squeaky clean.

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Next, I pulled out my Silhouette Cameo and laptop to cut the monogram letter. I knew I wanted a fancyish font. I didn’t find any fonts that came installed on my laptop so I looked online for some free font options. I finally decided on Gresham in case you’re interested in using the same font. I typed the one letter and resized to to fit the height of the cup and was ready to cut. Since I used the Silhouette brand vinyl, I was able to directly feed it into the cut machine (no cutting mat required). I set the Media to Vinyl, Speed to 2, and Thickness to 9. If you do this without a Silhouette Cameo, you can draw/trace a monogram letter directly onto the vinyl and use an X-acto knife and/or scissors to cut out the vinyl.

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I printed 5 so I’d have them ready when my other mugs were finally washed. Next, I took one cutout and peeled off the inside H. It felt like such a shame to throw it away, so I stuck it to a water bottle. I had one on mine from the first mug I made. Just make sure to clean the surface with rubbing alcohol before applying. BONUS DIY from an already awesome DIY. His and hers water bottles that match our cups!

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Now, back to the coffee mug. Next, I cut a piece of vinyl transfer paper to the size of the H. I peeled the backing off the transfer paper and stuck it directly onto the vinyl. Then, I peeled the backing off the vinyl to stick onto the cup. Make extra, extra, extra sure you line this up correctly before you stick it on. This part doesn’t really lend itself to second tries unless you scrap the vinyl and do it all again. (I’ve done this.)

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Next, I peeled off the transfer paper and pressed down on all the monogram detail, concentrating on corners and points to make sure no paints seeps underneath.

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Now its coloring time AND you don’t have to worry about coloring inside the lines. I used an oil based gold sharpie pen. If its a new pen or you haven’t used it for awhile, you have to press down on the tip on scratch paper to get the ink flowing. Then just color it in!


  1. Try not to color over the same spot after the paint has dried. It starts to wipe off the previous coat and it gets kinda clumpy.
  2. Try to color in long strokes to minimize “brush strokes” unless that’s the look you’re going for.

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Next, I pulled off the vinyl stencil and center lines and noticed some bleeding. It happens and its easy to fix. I took a small paint brush dipped lightly in some rubbing alcohol (acetone nail polish remover works too, and probably better) and cleaned it up.

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Now its time to bake. I put the mugs in the oven FIRST, then set the oven to 425º F to preheat. Don’t mess this up. Mugs in oven FIRST and leave them in there while the oven preheats. This allows the mugs to heat up with the oven and prevent cracking (says my Googling). After the oven is done preheating, set the timer for 30 minutes and let the mugs bake. Once the timer goes off, turn off the oven, crack the door open and let the mugs cool INSIDE the oven. This lets the mugs slowly cool with the oven, preventing cracking and setting the paint (says my Googling). The first time, I basically sat impatiently on the floor next to the oven so I could see what was happening (nothing exciting) thinking “please work, please work, please work”.

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And…IT WORKED! I’ve had my first mug for a few months and its in great condition. I’d like to think its because of all the extra Googling I did. I know there have been comments around the interwebs saying it washes off. I wash mine on the top shelf of my dishwasher and haven’t had any problems. Here they are in their home (when they’re not dirty).

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