Well, I have tried this....a few times. It works okay for a mug that will be very gently used and definitely not washed in the dishwasher or scrubbed. And that's okay with me for a mug for myself, but necessarily for a gift for someone else. I hate the thought of their gift being accidently thrown into the dishwasher and therefore, ruined.
I even bought some specialty markers online that are meant for this type of thing and claim to be dishwasher safe.
They do wear better with the hand washing and scrubbing but they do not handle the dishwasher well at all. They were also not as easy to work with because they resembled a paint pen; not near as smooth as a Sharpie.
Then, I came across this little tip on Pinterest.
I was pretty excited to find this and then my husband actually bought me some oil based Sharpie's with all of my other fun art supplies at Christmas! It was meant to be!
So, here are the little beauties. Mine are metallic colors, but you can buy them in all sorts of colors. These are meant for many different surfaces (wood, glass, metal) and they are fade-resistant and water proof.
These are the bottles that I decorated and used for the natural scented lotion I made.
It is as easy as it sounds.
First, you simply take your oil based Sharpie and begin writing or drawing on your bottle or mug.
Second, you need to let your mug/bottle dry for 24 hours. So, set it down and walk away. ;)
DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP. THEY MUST DRY FOR 24 HOURS IN ORDER TO SURVIVE THE DISHWASHER.
And last, you will place your mug or bottle into the oven first. Then, you will turn your oven on and set it to 350 degrees.
*Do not turn the oven on before putting your mug/bottle in it. You want them to warm up with your oven.
Once your oven is preheated at 350 degrees, set your timer for 30 minutes.
When the 30 minutes is up, turn your oven off but leave the mug/bottles in the oven until they are cool.
I grabbed a mug from our collection just for fun. I really like how it turned out. And guess what?!
It survived the dishwasher!
Go grab some cheap coffee mugs, bottles, etc and let your imagination run wild!