DIY Mother's Day Mug


I decided to go the DIY route for Mother's Day this year. In true supportive mom fashion, she likes my crafty gifts, so it seemed like the perfect idea. That, and she drinks a lot of coffee.

I got this idea from a Michael's email, actually, but I adapted it a tiny bit. It didn't seem like too hard of a craft, and I liked that I could use whatever colors I wanted. My mom loves purple, so that wasn't a hard choice. The steps are easy, but I'll share them with you anyway :)

Note: The supply list contains affiliate links, which means I could get a small commission if you buy something. It won't cost you anything extra. 

I didn't take step-by-step pictures this time -- sorry about that. But it's pretty straightforward. 

Step 1:   Place the letters onto the mug to spell "Mom." Or, if you're doing this for a different occasion, it can really say anything. Just get the right size letters depending on how much text you'll put on the mug. 

Tip: Stick the stickers onto your skin first a few times to make them less sticky. This will make it easier to peel off the mug later. 

Step 2:   Place the hearts, if you're choosing to add hearts, on the other side of the mug. (Do the same thing with these stickers by sticking them to your skin first.)

Step 3:   Pour a little of each shade of paint onto your paper plate. Dip the circular sponge into the first shade of paint, and then blot it on a piece of paper or a paper towel to get some of the paint off. Stamp your mug and repeat as many times as you need. 

Step 4:   Repeat step 3 with each different shade of paint. Use different sponges for each, unless you want to blend the colors. 

Step 5:   Peel the stickers off before the paint dries. Be careful not to smudge it (I wasn't so lucky). I found it helped to use a safety pin to "cut" (or scrape) along the edge of the sticker so the paint didn't come off with it. You don't have to do that, though, and you may need to touch up a few areas anyway. 

Step 6: Let the mug dry completely. Then, put it in your cool oven. Turn the oven to 350 and set a timer for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, turn the oven off but leave the mug inside. Wait until the oven is completely cool before removing the mug. 

It'll be a little textured in the end, just because you're using a sponge. I had mixed feelings about that at first, but I actually kind of like it. It makes it more interesting.

I put my stickers on a little wonky...oops! I told my mom to tell her coworkers that I made it when I was 7. Problem solved! :)

Also, I wouldn't put this in the dishwasher; handwashing is a safer bet. I avoided the lip area of the mug, too, just to be extra safe. But, if you're planning to use it to hold pens, go crazy and paint the whole thing!

Here's the tutorial from Michael's too, in case you want to compare notes. Happy crafting! 

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