Friday, May 12, 2017

Mother's Day Mugs

Hey, Mother's Day is around the corner and I am excited. I am always excited when I get close to a holiday that involves making crafts, and this time I picked a craft that was a "Pinterest Fail" for me in the past, modified it and it turned out awesome!!

So you may have seen the Nail Polish Mugs that were a big hit about 2 or 3 years ago ... well, mine just wouldn't turn out right. They look like a goopy mess. The project has been known to have parameters that can alter your outcome such as temperature of the water, the type of nail polish, etc. Mine were so bad that I didn't even blog about them, and you know I would have been really frustrated to not at least make a comedic post about it. I think one came out right and I gave it to one of my grandmother's for Christmas. They have to love stuff their grand kids made, doesn't matter how old the grandchild is (mid-30s).

So after a little altering, I figured it out. So supplies used were:

  • 3 white Dollar Tree coffee mugs
  • Dollar Tree nail polish with glitter (I got 2 gold and a blue)
  • 3-4 make-up wedge sponges (easiest shape)
  • paper plate/disposable work surface
  • painter's tape


1. Taped white mugs with desired design. (I kept mine from having polish near the rim.)

2. Pour or use nail polish brush to put nail polish onto thin, pointed end of the sponge and dab onto mug like faux painting. I tried it both ways and they worked fine.

3. Let it dry. As you can see above, the colored nail polish went on a little lighter, but you can always do a second or third coat, depending on the color you want. The gold was a clear polish with the glitter, so you can do it to the heaviness desired by applying multiple layers as well, just make sure the coats dry in between each coat.

4. Get as creative as you want. I decided to go find a cranberry-colored nail polish I usually wear in the winter and a bottle of red glitter that I have no idea of its origin. I did a layer of the cranberry, then once dry, I added some glitter at the top of the color line.

All in all I am so happy with how they turned out, I made one for my mom and then another for each of the local grandmothers. We will pair them with these cake in a cup packets for a sweet treat! All in all, it took me about 15 minutes to make the cups. Lil Monkey opted out of this project, but I'm sure it's more kid-friendly that the original Nail Polish Mugs.

Another Mother's Day adventure was picking up a Gardenia bush for a friend's mom since they can't make it back home this year. My Tahoe smells amazing and I set it next to my Gardenia tree hoping it will inspire my tree to bloom before we drop it off tomorrow!

Until next time, stay #CreativelyInspired!

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