How to Make Custom DIY Sharpie Glasses (2023)

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Use Sharpie paint markers to create funSharpie glasses that celebrate your favorite things. If you can trace you can make these easy DIY glasses!

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Calling All Superhero Lovers

My kids love superheroes! We can’t get enough of our favorites (currently Flash and Green Arrow) enjoy watching all our favorite crime fighters on Netflix including:

  • Supergirl – Superman’s cousin has arrived in National City and she has Girl of Steel powers! Supergirl uses flight, super strength, and laser vision to face the menaces that plague Earth.
  • The Flash – Young Barry Allen gains the power of super speed after being struck by lightning and becomes the hero of Central City. The Flash faces villains who use their own super powers for evil.
  • Arrow – Oliver Queenis a rich playboy who turns into a vigilante after he is shipwrecked and stranded on a mysterious island for five years. He takes on crime and corruption in Star City with his martial arts skills and bow-and-arrow.
  • Batman (Lego DC Comics: Batman Be-Leagured) – Batman is a self-sufficient loner but when Superman and other Justice League superheroes start disappearing he becomes a team player to save the day.

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Superhero Custom DIY Sharpie Glasses

Celebrate your favorite superhero with these easy DIY Sharpie Glasses. Just trace the pattern onto the glass and allow them to dry… it’s really that easy!

(Pssst…. Sharpie Oil Based Paint Makers are made to write on glass, ceramic, pottery, and more. You should wash the painted glasses by hand to keep the design looking great.)



  1. Prepare the glasses –Remove all labels then wash and dry the glasses. Wipe the surface to be painted with rubbing alcohol or vodka to remove any oilfrom your hands. Allow to dry.
  2. Choose your pattern –Print the pattern file, cut out the desired logo, and tape inside of the glass. Make sure that the logo is low enough so your lips won’t touch the design when drinking from the glass.
  3. Decorate the glasses –Used an Oil-Based Sharpie Paint Marker to trace the pattern.
    • If you have to go over an area a second time allow the paint to dry for 10 minutes then touch up the paint. Press lightly when applying the second layer or you will remove the first layer of paint.
    • Mistakes can be removed with rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover, or vodka.
  4. Cure glasses – Allow glasses to dry for 24 hours before using or bake the glasses to set the paint.Baking the glasses is optional, some crafters think it adds durability to the painted design others believe it can ruin the colors.
    • Allow the glasses to dry for at least 20 minutes then place in a cold oven.
    • Heat the oven to 350 degrees, turn-on time to 20 minutes, and allow the glassesto cook.
    • Turn off the oven and allow the glassesto cool before removing them.

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Tips for Making Sharpie Glasses

Sharpie glasses should ALWAYS be hand washed to keep the design looking great.

Sharpie paint markersARE NOT labeled food safe. Use Sharpie markers on OUTER surfaces of glasses. The paint should not come into contact with drinks or lips(This is true for all Sharpie tutorials and crafts using dishware!)

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Sharpie Glasses Craft FAQ

These are some frequently asked questions and answers about making glasses with Sharpie markers.

  1. Which type of Sharpie marker should be use on glass?

All Sharpie permanent makers will write on glass. However, to create a more permanent design use Oil-Based Sharpie Paint Markers. The paint makers are specially designed to write on glass, pottery, ceramic, wood, and more!

  1. How to Remove Oil Based Sharpie From Glass

You can remove Sharpie Paint Markers from glass if you make a mistake or just want a new design.

  • Use nail polish and a soft rag or cotton ball to wipe the glass clean.


  • Remove the design with a scratchy pan cleaning sponge or razor blade.
  1. Do Sharpie Paint Pens Wash off Glass?

Oil-Based Sharpie Paint Markers create a semi-permanent design on glass.

  • Sharpie glasses last a long time if they are hand washed with a soft rag.
  • Washing Sharpie glasses in the dishwasher will damage the design.
  • Using a scratchy dish sponge on the design will damage it or scrape it off.
  1. How to Use Sharpie Paint Pens on Glass
  • Wipe the glass surface with white vinegar, vodka or nail polish remover to remove oils and dirt.
  • Tape pattern to the inside of the glass
  • Trace the pattern using Oil-Based Sharpie Paint Markers.
  • Bake (optional) or let the paint dry (cure) for 24 hours.
  • Hand wash with a soft dishcloth and gentle detergent.
  1. How to Bake Sharpie on Glass

Sharpie glasses can be baked in a standard oven to help set the paint, if desired. (This is an optional step!)

  • Allow the painted design to dry for at least 20 minutes then place in a cold oven.
  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees, allow the glassesto bake for 20 minutes.
  • Turn off the oven and allow the glassesto cool to room temperature before removing.

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More Sharpie Crafts

Love Sharpie crafts? Try these fun projects:

  • Sharpie Tray
  • Sharpie Heart Mug
  • Sharpie Catch All Love Letter Dish
  • Sharpie Heart Pint Glass

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Reader Interactions


  1. Suzanna Gore

    Is the oven set to 350 centigrade or Fahrenheit?


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  2. Sarah

    Love this post! Question, when you say bake for 20 minutes, is this after the oven has pre heated to the 350 degrees or from the time started to allow oven to warm to 350 degrees?
    With many thanks!!!

    • Bren

      I start timing from the minute the glasses go in the oven.


  3. Jasmine

    I’m doing designs on glass from frames. Should I draw on the front of back of the Frame and should I cover the paint with mod pudge after I finish!


    • Bren

      I would test on a spare piece of glass and see which looks best. You can remove the test design with nail polish remover or rubbing alocohol.


  4. Molly Enholm

    That’s a great idea, thanks for this interesting post. I will draw it on a white ceramic mug.


    • Molly Enholm

      I bought Sharpie Markers to decorate a plain white ceramic mug. It took a lot of shaking and holding down the tips to get the ink to come out, but once it did, these worked very well. They did not dry as quickly as many said they would, and I managed to smudge several spots, so the process took longer than I expected.


  5. Shay Moore

    I have painted a design on clear acrylic plastic, with oil based paint pens (Sharpie) so I am not able to cure it in the oven. What do you suggest I use to clean it that will not smear or remove the paint. I’m afraid to use windex, because I think it contains alcohol.


    • Bren

      I would use plain water with few drops of dishwashing liquid if needed.


  6. Denise

    So is the baking time the total time from when we put them in the oven cold, or does it start once the oven is preheated?


    • Bren

      When you put them in the oven.


  7. Patricia Jimenez

    Can you use paint pens that are not sharpies?


    • Bren

      Any paint pen should work as long as it is a permanent oil-based paint or one made specifically for glass.


  8. Pat

    Does it make a difference if the pens are “permanent” or not?


    • Bren

      Pat, these are made using Oil-Based Sharpie Paint Markers not standard Sharpies.


  9. Lobna

    Hi dear…
    was wondering if we can use the microwave for “curing” & how…?


    • Bren

      The microwave probably won’t work because it does not heat the surface.


  10. Melissa Varner

    Thank you for this tutorial! I’m thinking about using this technique at our VBS coming up in a few weeks!!


    • Bren

      What a fun project, Melissa!


  11. Shayna Snyder

    Only my black is cracking as well. I cleaned them with rubbing alcohol and used gloves while painting. Some of my products have been sitting for more than 48 hours while some only just dried within minutes and all are doing the same thing. I did try using enamel paint on part of my projects and the black is not peeling on any of the enamel sections I’ve used. I’m under the impression it could be because it’s oil based and not usually used for glass since glass isn’t porous. I’m going to scratch off what i can and repaint with FolkArt enamel paints. It’s a shame though. The sharpie idea was so much easier.


    • Bren

      Sorry it didn’t work for you, Shayna. Maybe try a coat of a different color under your black or a new black paint pen? I’ve never had the black crack!


  12. Michelle

    When I baked my glass the design really faded. Why?


    • Bren

      I’m not sure, Michelle. It can depend a lot on how you cleaned the glass, the markers you used, etc.


  13. Kendall Sutton

    When I am baking my sharpie oil based designed glasses, the black is cracking. Any ideas why??


    • Bren

      I’m not sure, Kendall. Did you was the glass before starting? It might have some residue on it or the marker might be old? I would remove the design with nail polish remover then start again. If it keeps happening try a new paint marker.


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