Fingerprint Butterfly Mug Painting

We love Mother’s Day crafts that are keepsakes Mom or Grandma will treasure and be able to enjoy on a daily basis. These thumbprint butterfly mugs are the perfect gift for your little one to create! They are such a sweet keepsake and thumbprints easily make the cutest little butterflies you’ve ever seen! You won’t believe how easy this mug painting tutorial is and it makes a great DIY gift.

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Mug Painting

Mug Painting

All you need are a few supplies to make these thumbprint butterfly mugs. You can find plain white mugs at the dollar store, making this craft very frugal to make! These mugs would also be great to give for Father’s Day or for a teacher gift.


DIY Coffee Mugs

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Supplies Needed for Mug Painting DIY Coffee Mugs

Supplies for Mug Painting

– White Mug

Enamel Acrylic Paint (it can be used on glass or ceramic surfaces)

– Small Paint Brush

Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe Sealer

How To Make Thumbprint Butterfly DIY Coffee Mugs

1. Dip your child’s thumb into the paint and stamp it once or twice on a scrap piece of paper to ensure that the paint is not too thick. Carefully stamp it on the mug, being sure to stay 1-2 inches away from the top.

Mug Painting DIY

2. Clean off the child’s thumb and dip it into another color and stamp the thumb twice on either side of the first thumbprint to create the wings.

Hand Painted Mugs

3. With a very small paint brush, paint on some lines to create the antennae.

Paint Your Own Mug

4. Allow the mug to dry or bake it at a low temperature according to the enamel acrylic paint directions and your mug is ready to use!

DIY Mug Painting

5. For extra protection, use this sealer which will help keep the paint from coming off. It’s safe for top rack dishwasher use however to be extra careful we would recommend hand washing these mugs (you wouldn’t want to wash away one of those cute butterflies!).

These thumbprint butterfly mugs are adorable for kids to make. Fill the mug with candy or a gift card and it would make such a special keepsake gift for that special Mom or Dad in your child’s life!

Hand Painted Mugs DIY Ideas

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About Megan

Megan is a wife and mom to 4 kids from Kansas City. She is obsessed with anything DIY and crafty. You can check out all of her creative endeavors, DIY projects and tutorials over at

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