How to Make a Child's Handprint on a Mug

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Things You'll Need

  • Glazed ceramic mug

  • Cotton balls

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Ceramic paint

  • Paper plate

  • Paintbrushes

  • Paper towels

  • Soap

Help your child put her handprint on a mug.

Instead of going into a place that will let you paint pottery, help your child create a personalized mug at home. Give the mug as a gift to parents, grandparents or even a favorite teacher. Help your child in creating a gift by painting a plain ceramic mug. In addition to painting the mug, have your child use her hand print for decoration on the mug. Use a paint specifically made for glazed ceramics so that the hand print will last.


Step 1

Ask your child to was his hands to get rid of any excess dirt.

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Step 2

Rub the glazed mug with a rubbing alcohol-soaked, cotton ball to get rid of any dirt. Let the mug dry.

Step 3

Shake the paint you would like to use and pour it onto a paper plate.

Step 4

Guide your child's hand onto the paint and help her cover the palm of her hand with the paint.

Step 5

Help your child's hand onto the mug. Lightly press on all his fingers to get a good impression, without moving his hand.


Step 6

Ask the child to remove her hand straight off the mug. Help guide her hand off the mug to not mess it up.

Step 7

Help him wash his hands to get rid of the the paint completely from his hands.


Step 8

Paint other details onto the mug with the ceramic paints.

Step 9

Let the mug dry according to the specific paint's directions. It will depend on the band of paint. Some will require you to bake the finished mug and others will require you to let them dry for up to three weeks.

Step 10

Follow the instructions on how to care for the painted ceramic mug. Most paints require that the mug be hand washed to preserve the art.


Do not let water touch the paint. This will reduce the adhesiveness of the paint to the ceramic mug. If you have to clean a paint brush to switch to different colors, wrap the bristles with a paper towel. Apply pressure and pull the paper towel with the bristles to pull out excess paint.


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