DIY Gift Guide: Mother’s Day Mugs

DIY Gift Guide: Mother's Day Mugs
While flowers and cards are always appreciated, I like to get a little more creative with my Mother’s Day gift giving. And what better way to show your mother how much she means to you than with something handmade? As the resident crafter on Team LC, I wanted to share a chic and simple mug makeover that would be particularly perfect for Mother’s Day. From Halloween costumes to dinners, our mothers have made countless things for us throughout the years—the least we can do now is return the favor! Check out my how-to below…

Here’s what you will need:

DIY Gift Guide: Mother's Day Mugs

  1. Draw or trace out your design onto your mug. (I printed a heart out on a piece of paper, cut it out, and used that to stencil my outline.) If you make a mistake, the paint is easily removable from non-porous surfaces with rubbing alcohol before it sets.
  2. Allow your designs to dry to the touch, and then pop them in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. This will set the paint so that it is permanent. Let cool and then present them to your mother!

DIY Gift Guide: Mother's Day Mugs
How easy was that? The paint pens I used for this craft are my latest and greatest DIY discovery. They’re much easier to handle than a brush, they come in a variety of colors including metallics, and the oil-based paint turns permanent after you bake it. You can use the pens on pretty much any surface, but I made this serve ware set with my own coffee-loving mother in mind.

The gold paint withstood my hand-washing test quite well, but to be safe, keep your hand-painted mugs out of the dishwasher. I’d also recommend keeping your design away from the rim of the cup where your mouth goes.

Do you have any other DIY requests?

Let me know what type of craft I should share next.

xo Ilana
Team LC

Photos: Ilana Saul for
Categories: Craft, Gift Ideas, Grow, Holiday Gift Ideas, Holiday Specials, Ilana Saul
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  • suzanne

    This is such a cute idea! It is so much fun and creative. And I love that it is a DIY :)
    Suzanne from

  • Meghan Conard

    Great idea! So easy & sentimental!
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  • Marie Fournier

    It’s a very great Idea !! I love it !

  • Paulina Mo

    such a great idea!! love it!

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  • Deanne Castro

    Great idea! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  • Deanne Castro

    Great idea! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  • Sarah Jones

    Love this idea, going to try it this weekend!
    Random questiopn what color/brand of orange nail polish is that? Love the color!

  • My Style Diary

    This is so cute! I might just have to try it out :)

  • stephanie birditt

    Such a great idea! It would be cool to try this on some kind of jewelry plate or ring holder.

  • Ilana Saul

    It was gel so I’m not sure of the exact color! Super fun though, right?!

  • megan magers

    these are beautiful!! ive been racking my brain for mothers day gift ideas (especially when im on a budget) and this is just the type of inspiration i needed! thanks for sharing something from the heart that doesnt break the bank! xo

  • Sheetz

    This is super super cute! Where did you get the cups/pot from?

  • Ilana Saul

    I got them at Target, but I bet you could even find some at the 99 cent store!

  • Ashley Rizzardo

    Great idea! I love giving DIY gifts. They just feel so much more special.

  • Ashley Rizzardo

    Great idea! I love giving DIY gifts. They just feel so much more special.

  • Ashley

    I did something similar for Christmas gifts! Love the paint pen idea b/c I had trouble using metallic Sharpies.

  • Petra Zeller

    That’s a really cute and pretty idea.
    xo, Petra

    I have a mother’s day gift flower wreath DIY post today on my blog. Take a look —->

  • Dawn Milligan

    these are cute!!! I am going to do this, some for my beautiful mom and some for me! <3 thanks!

  • Menachem Grossman

    This one is the best gift for mother’s day. All the mothers will surely adore it. Thanks for the idea dear. I have another option watch & pendant which I saw in daily deal on How’s that?

  • stephaniesstyle

    this is such a cute idea!
    xx Stephanie (

  • Amanda Kretchmer

    Such a sweet and fantastic idea. I love how easy it is too. I’ll give this a try.

  • Renuka

    what a thoughtful gift! and I love how easy it is to make!

  • NidLid

    Love these, you can customize them any way you want too!

    I would love it if you guys checked out my fashion/beauty blog! :)

  • Nikki

    Love it! This is so cute :)

  • megan

    this is great!

  • siyasingh
  • saurabh pandey

    Wow !!! I love it. Your blog really awesome.

    More gift idea’s here :

  • Courtney Pagnatta

    This is so cute! Doing it.

  • aly cat

    love it

  • Petra Zeller

    adorable idea and gift. thanks for sharing.
    xo, Petra

    If you need another diy gift idea for mother`s day take a look here and

  • hooleywithaz

    i would really like someone to do this for me! (or it would be fabulous for mom). there are so many things you can do with those paint pens, i need to make a trip to the craft store for some soon!

  • Danica

    Love it! Does this have to be a certain oven-proof mug or anything?

  • Andii

    Loved this! I always said it was easier when you were a kid and could just make something simple for your mom and she would love it so this was the perfect gift idea for me. She loved it!

  • Albert Peter

    Mom is always stay my heart,,Thanks for the topic

  • Albert Peter

    Great ideas

    I really admire your post..

  • cynthia contreras

    This is so cute, love to make things like this.


    so cute.maybe i can make it for my mom next time.

  • Studio no.27

    Nice blog btw .
    And I couldn’t agree more. Perfect gift! I make handmade jewelries and I know how much work and effort I put in them and it’s nice for some to appreciate it .

    Have a nice day and if you have time , please check my new blog

  • Studio no.27

    This is so nice and I had in mind to paint some ceramics, but in Romania it’s hard to find good quality paint pains. :(

    I just discovered this site and I can’t stop reading .

    I’m trying my best to build a carrier in interior decoration and I started with a blog.

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  • Jacqueline Jax

    These are so pretty. I’m inspired to make a whole set of the white with gold. To cute. Thanks. Ill blog my about the project here. xoxo, Jax

  • Jenny

    I just recently discovered your site and I just have to say I absolutely love you.You are very inspiring, creative and beautiful! Thank you! TGIF<3

  • Glo

    I did a craft like this, except I decorated a tiny white dish to give to an engaged friend as a dish for her engagement ring. I put polka dots on the outside and monogrammed her future initials on the inside. It turned out so cute and she loves it!

  • Andrea

    This might sound like a strange question, but it’s safe to put the mug into the oven, right? I guess I put mine into the microwave all the time (I perpetually grab a nice hot cup of coffee, then get distracted and let it get cold!). Any recommendations on a particular type of mug other than just plain colored?

  • Natalia

    Wow !!. Great idea :)
    Regards from Poland :)

  • The Deluxe Kit

    We LOVED this idea so much at TDK that we shared it !

  • Heather N

    These are beautiful! I’m work at, and I’d love to include a photo of these and link out to your tutorial in our DIY gift guide this year. Let me know if this is possible.



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