Lucky Mugs

One of the things I love about St. Patrick’s Day is that it’s a holiday free from the expectation of gifts. And yet…since it’s a holiday, and we love to give gifts on holidays, we decided to make these for a few “lucky” people in our lives!

Lucky mugs! Actually, I tend to think that all mugs are lucky.
I can recall numerous times in my life when the ONLY thing that got me out of bed was the promise of a strong cup of coffee (or three!!) Like every time I’ve had a newborn…or anytime I’ve had a kid who was up sick in the middle of the night…or how about the year we moved into a fixer-upper when I was 7 months pregnant…..!? Yep, at times like these, a warm mug in my hands makes me feel like the luckiest girl in the world. 

See, I think luck is about so much more than winning the lottery or making it big. I think luck is about all the small things that get us out of bed in the morning! Like our family, our friends, our work, our hobbies, our passions…. and, in a very literal sense (mine pull me out of bed every single morning), our kids! Which is why I love the idea of these Lucky Mugs with fingerprint shamrocks – the perfect daily reminder of just how lucky we really are (an especially helpful reminder when you have just been woken up 5 times in one night…!)

Here’s what you will need:

  • white mug (I found mine at Goodwill)
  • flexible alphabet stencils
  • small paintbrush
  • bakeable glass paint (dishwasher safe)   

1. Wash & dry mug, then wipe the area to be painted with alcohol. Let dry completely.
2. Use fingerprints to make the shamrock (each of my kids made one leaf) and use a paintbrush to make a stem.
3. Let the shamrock dry completely.
4. Using stencils and a small paintbrush, paint “lucky” or any word of your choice, one letter at a time. It works well to tape the edges of the stencil onto the mug to hold it in place.
5. Let the paint dry completely between letters.
6. Once all the paint has been applied and dried, use a toothpick to scrape away any imperfections.
7. Follow baking directions on paint bottle.     

As you can see, our mug is still far from perfect. There is too much paint here, not enough paint there….. But I actually kind of like it that way. It’s kind of like life – imperfect, but lucky nonetheless :)

Looking for other kid-friendly gift ideas? Check out my XOXO Framed Art!

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  1. says

    Ohhhhh! I am in love with this idea! I’m thrilled that you shared it at Shine on Fridays! Pinning and sharing on my FB page {}

  2. says

    ahhhh we are SO lucky… what a fun reminder of how blessed we are! Thanks so much for sharing at Nap-Time Creations’ Tasteful Tuesdays… so glad to have you around for the party! I’m pleased to tell you that this project is being featured tomorrow in a CELEBRATE GREEN (st. Pats) Round Up! I would LOVE if you would post the featured button on this post to show off your feature and follow via GFC or E-mail if you don’t already. Don’t miss out on any of the fun! (link will be live Sat. morning)

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