Make a mustache mug for Dad

A fun, easy and silly gift to make and give to Dad this Father’s Day


  • a mug
  • an oil based sharpie or a porcelain pen (see tip)
  • printable template (optional)
  • pencil, scissors, tape
  • rubbing alcohol
  • oven



  1. Print out template if using one and cut a square around it. (see templates below)
  2. Use a pencil to colour the back side of the template, making sure to cover all areas of the design.
  3. Tape the template, pencil side against the mug once you’ve centered it where you want it.  Be sure to put the design on the side that will be facing outward when dad holds the mug.  Think about if he’s left handed or right handed.
  4. Trace over the design with the pencil and remove the paper.
  5. Your design should be on the mug in pencil.
  6. Use the markers to paint over the traced design OR you can freehand draw your design straight onto your mug.
  7. IF USING OIL BASED SHARPIE – Turn the oven on to 350 degrees after you put the mug in.  This allows the mug and oven to heat up at the same time and keeps the mug from cracking.Bake for 20 minutes.Turn the oven off and leave the mug in the oven until both are completely cooled to avoid a sudden temperature change causing the mug to break.
  8. IF USING PORCELAIN PEN – Air dry for 24 hours, then bake in 150 c oven for 35 mins, or follow instructions on pen.


You can use either oil based Sharpie Markers or Porcelain pens. Using the Porcelain pen and then baking the mug creates a permanently painted mug that is dishwasher safe.  If you use the oil based Sharpie Markers, you will have a painted mug, but it will need to be hand washed and may fade with time. These markers are easy for kids to use to decorate the mug, but you may need to get it primed for them beforehand.  To prime shake the marker and then press the tip down on a piece of paper a couple of times to release the paint into the tip.

Click below for printable templates.

Mug template

Mustache template