Mother's Day Mug Planter

by Anna Teal, May 02 2017

Mother’s Day is around the corner and if you’re like me, I struggle with what to get my mom because she has everything! Handmade gifts always extra special to moms so why not make this sweet Mother’s Day mug planter!  It’s the perfect gift or centerpiece for that special mom in your life! 

Mother's Day Mug Planter

What You’ll Need:

  • Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Paint in Magenta Rose and Wild Salmon
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Adhesive Stencils - Monogram and Blooms
  • Small Pouncer
  • White Ceramic Mug
  • Paper Plate
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Cotton Balls
  • Paper Towels

Step 1: Clean your ceramic surface with alcohol using a cotton ball. This helps to rid it of any dirt or dust.

Step 2: Position your first letter on the mug to spell “MUM.” Some people tend to be very specific with this step and measure the mug from end to end and top to bottom to find the exact center but I just eyeballed it :-). TIP: I positioned the “U” first and then placed the “M” on either side to help keep everything center.

Step 3: Using the small pouncer, apply magenta rose, offload it onto a paper towel and then pounce through the stencil. Once it’s entirely covered, immediately remove to reveal the letter. Continue until the word “Mum” is spelled. Let dry.

Mother's Day Mug Planter

Step 4: Take the blooms adhesive stencil with the floral design and position it so that it frames the word “Mum” on the mug. Make sure the entire stencil is adhered to the mug to prevent any paint running under it. TIP: Whenever stenciling on glass/ceramic or even curved surfaces, use adhesives stencils vs. non-adhesive ones for the best results.

Step 5: Load your pouncer with magenta rose and pounce a section of the stencil. Next, load the same pouncer with salmon and apply it to the open sections to create an ombre effect. Immediately, remove the stencil and let dry. 

Mother's Day Mug Planter

Now that your mug is personalized, add a pretty flower and give it as a gift for Mother’s Day! You can also fill it candy (or your mom’s favorite things) or use it as a centerpiece for a Mother’s Day Brunch! 

Mother's Day Mug Planter

Mother's Day Mug Planter

I hope you enjoyed learning how to personalize a mug for Mother’s Day! Feel free to share with a sibling or friend who needs some Mother’s Day inspiration! 

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Much love,


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