Fingerprint St. Patrick’s Day Mug

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You can make an easy St. Patrick’s day Mug with little paint and your fingers.  The best part is you can enjoy the fingerprints for years to come.

You’ll need a mug of your choice. I found these mugs at Target. They were originally in the dollar section – 2 for $3 but they were on clearance for 50% off!

Fingerprint St. Patrick’s Day Mug Video

You also need

An alcohol pre-pad (or alcohol on a cottonball)

Apple Barrel Multi-Surface paint in the color True Green

A paint brush.

I washed my mug, and after it dried I rubbed the entire mug with the alcohol prep-pad to make sure it was free of all finger prints, dirt, and oils.

I put the paint onto a paper plate, dipped my finger in it, and then pushed the finger onto the mug.

I used 2 finger prints to make the shape of a heart, and did this 4 times to create the shape of a clover.

I then used my paint brush and made a stem for my clover.

I let the paint dry for 1 hour (as per the bottle instructions).

Following the instructions on the paint bottle –

I place the mug into a cold oven. I turned the oven on and set it to 350 degrees.

When the oven came to temperature I set the timer for 30 minutes.

After the 30 minutes were up, I turned off the oven and let the mug cool completely inside the oven.

The mug is ready and you can hand wash it or it can be washed on the top rack of your dishwasher. The best part is you can preserve fingerprints for years to come!

To see the video click the link below…  



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  1. St. Patrick’s Day is my birthday so this cup would fit me perfectly. We’re so glad that you shared your post on the Classy Flamingos Blog Party we’ve enjoyed it. Come back soon.

    1. Thank you Linda and Happy Birthday! How terrific is that to have your birthday on a day that is full of celebrating!

  2. This is so cute! I may try to do this with my kids fingerprints. I think it would be a fun momento! Thanks for sharing at Sweet Inspiration!

    1. Thank you so much Amy and I love preserving my kiddos fingerprints too.

  3. Thanks for linking up with our Celebrate Your Story link party. And I love your finger painting a shamrock on a cup. Great job.
    Kari @ Me and My Captain

    1. Thank you Kari, and this simple idea can be used in so many ways for so many occasions. Love preserving fingerprints – especially my kiddos.

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