Springtime Thumbprint Mug

Hey, friends!  I don’t know about you, but I am so glad it’s finally Spring!  Now, if only someone would tell the weather it’s time to warm up…
In honor of the season and the upcoming Easter holiday, Little Crafter and I decided to break out the paint and make a cute springtime mug using his adorable little thumbprints {which are getting bigger by the day!}.
Take a look…
- plain white coffee mug {you can get these for less than $3 at Walmart or the Dollar store}
- glass paint {we used Martha Stewart brand: yellow, orange, blue, black, white, and purple}
- small paintbrush
- thumb :)
- rubbing alcohol and paper towel or cotton swab

STEP 1: Clean the mug surface with rubbing alcohol.  Little Crafter said he was “giving it a bath.”

STEP 2: Dip child’s thumb into the yellow paint and press onto the mug.  We left space in between for the bunnies.  On our mug, we got four chicks and four bunnies.

STEP 3: Repeat process using whatever color{s} you want for the bunnies.

STEP 4: Add details using a small paintbrush.  For the chicks, I added an orange beak and feet and two black eyes.  For the bunnies, I drew ears and added little tails.

All that’s left is to let it dry completely and cure.  It will air cure in 21 days, or you can bake it for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.  It’s best to place the mug on a cookie sheet in the oven without preheating so it can heat gradually rather than suddenly.  Also, let it cool in the oven before you remove it.  These paints are non-toxic, but not necessarily “food safe,” so be sure you keep your design 0.8″ from the top of the mug.

I think the finished product is simply adorable!!

…but not as adorable as the Little Crafter who made it!

If you like this project, there’s another one you should check out.  Last year we did the same basic process, but used stamping ink instead and made framed art, which made a really cute piece of home decor!  These kinds of things are not only fun do make, they’re great gifts for doting grandparents!

Hugs & Glitter,
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5 comments on Springtime Thumbprint Mug

  1. JennTRC
    March 27, 2013 at 3:06 PM (3 years ago)

    This is so cute! Lovely idea! :)


  2. Alison Norris
    March 27, 2013 at 3:09 PM (3 years ago)

    So cute!! this is such a great idea!!

  3. Crystal
    March 27, 2013 at 3:36 PM (3 years ago)

    So cute!! The picture of him smiling big is priceless!!

  4. decorumdiyer
    March 28, 2013 at 12:23 PM (3 years ago)

    This is the cutest thing ever! I am not usually one to participate in holiday decor and items, but I could get behind this. And you are right, a great gift for grandparents. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Marvelously Messy
    March 30, 2013 at 1:05 AM (3 years ago)

    Totally adorable idea. I’ve got plenty of these paints….now I know just what to do with them!!!!! Thanks for sharing it with us!!!!!!!!!


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