Hand Drawn Kitty Mug

January 9th, 2014


As usual, Christmas has been done frugally around here.  I’m always trying to think of useful, thoughtful gifts to give to everyone.  Each year I say I’m only going to get for the kids, and each year I just can’t seem to do that.  I’m never sure exactly how I stretch our non-existent Christmas dollars, but I somehow always manage.  This year I loved the idea of using a Sharpie on plain white dishes to create unique pieces.  Unfortunately I didn’t get photos of everything I made (which is no different from every Christmas), but I did manage to snag this mug back from my mom for a few photos.  I got the idea for this kitty from this can of Belgian White Beer.  I added a tail and did some different fillings, but went with the same general idea for the face.  I followed the directions of many tutorials, and wrote on the mug with a Sharpie and then baked it in a 350 degree oven for 35 minutes.


I added this little kitty head and whiskers on the top of the handle.  I figure this will show me how well the Sharpie will actually stay on since a thumb will frequently rest here and give it lots of wear.  I also made a little sauce dish (like this) into a jewelry holder for my sister-in-law.  I drew little diamond studs on one side and a diamond ring on the other.  They were just simple doodles, but it turned out so cute!  I also made my aunt a little dish for holding safety pins (she’s a quilter and quilts her own quilts on her domestic machine).  I drew safety pins both opened and closed as well as straight pins with ball heads on them in the bottom of a small, shallow dish.  I got all of the plain white dishes at Target for just a few dollars.  I even bought a small square plate and decorated it with a winter woodland scene for us.   I’m waiting to see how this mug washes up, but assuming it all turns out well, I will be making more items like this to gift in the future.

Update (4/14/2014): The marker washed off my mug and the cute little woodland plate I made.  Back to the drawing board.


  1. iHanna says:

    Oh I have bought a pen, and cups already, and need to get started. Yours is so lovely, love that kitten!

    1. Christina says:

      Just do it! I stared at the mugs for a few days before I finally tried it, and then I made everything at once and wished I had more dishes to decorate! :)

  2. katrina says:

    wow. upon first seeing your photo, i assumed that you purchased your kitty mug. it’s amazing that you drew that cat with a sharpie. amazing.

    1. Christina says:

      Thank you! I really had to take my time. It’s a lot harder to draw on a mug than I thought it would be! The lines kept getting wavy.

  3. Katie says:

    I think you do Christmas right. I see so many people loading up their children with plastic junk and feeding the whole moremoremore society. To me Christmas is about family time and giving. I don’t mean giving in the sense of buying as much junk as you can, I mean giving of your time and talents. What better gift can we give, or lesson can we teach our children?

    1. Christina says:

      Yes I agree. It’s always hard at Christmas, I think I need to have all these presents for my son to open, but I have to remind myself not to get trapped in that rut. I just love seeing him open all of his gifts, but I don’t want him to come to expect that. I know that family members will be gifting to me so I feel the need to reciprocate accordingly, which means money we don’t have, but I think this years handmade gifts were appreciated. I always put a lot of thought into what I give someone. I like it to be useful and not just another piece of junk to add to their house.

  4. Stine says:

    Seriously cute! You should add these to your etsy shop. I especially like the jewelry dish idea.

    1. Christina says:

      It would be so fun to share hand drawn items in my Etsy shop. I might have to think about that one. :)

  5. Petra says:

    I love the mug it’s so cute and I never would have guessed it was done with a Sharpie!! I am sure all of your handmade gifts were so appreciated.

    1. Christina says:

      Really?! It looked hand drawn to me, but I thought it added some charm to it. ;) It was really hard to keep the lines straight while drawing. I didn’t expect that all. I am thinking i’ll make myself a kitty mug and maybe another fox mug…

  6. Carla says:

    What a cute idea. Love the kitty

  7. Lisa E says:

    LOVE your Sharpie dishware! I might steal this idea from you. Please let us know how it wears in another blog post.

    1. Christina says:

      I will do that! I have to wait for my mom to wash it a few times first. :)

  8. Amy C says:

    A sharpie on a mug – briliiant idea!!!

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