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