A make-it-in-20-minutes Mother’s Day gift idea

Oh yes, you still have time to make a last-minute Mother’s Day gift! When I wrote the Teacup Topiary post last week, I thought about how I might change it up. (Do you do that a lot? When you see an idea you like, do you think about how you might tinker with it?) When I found a cute, polka dot mug for $2 and silk stems on sale for .97¢, I knew I was well on my way. I picked up a few other supplies and when I got home, I made a Mother’s Day Mug in just 20 minutes.

Easy, last-minute Mother's Day gift idea: If you have 20 minutes, you can make this Mother's Day Mug.

Make this 20-minute Mother’s Day Mug.

To make a Mother’s Day Mug, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Two balls; I used a 4” ball for the top, and a 3” ball for the bottom, along with a few small scraps
  • Mug
  • Silk flowers: 15 – 18 or so, depending on the size (I used 16, 4” zinnias)
  • Wood dowel, 1/2” x 12”
  • Paint (I used fast-drying spray paint, but you could also use an acrylic craft paint)
  • Ribbon, 7/8” x 18”
  • Paper shred, moss, or other filler, a small handful
  • Optional: Butterfly
  • Tools needed: Scissors; wire knippers; optional: paintbrush, if using a brush-on paint

    Mix and match your favorite mug and flowers to make a 20-minute Mother's Day Mug.

    Mix & match your favorite mug and flowers to make a 20-Minute Mother’s Day Mug.

To make a Mother’s Day Mug:

1. Paint your dowel and let it dry. (Hint: Insert the dowel into a scrap of STYROFOAM Brand Foam to hold it upright while the paint dries.)

2. Test fit the 3” ball in your mug. You may need to compress it a bit on a tabletop to fit it into the mug. Also, if it’s not tall enough, add a few scraps of STYROFOAM Brand Foam to the bottom of the mug, and then add your ball. Glue foam into the mug.

How to make a 20-minute Mother's Day Mug.

Wrap the dry dowel with ribbon, and then insert it into the foam in the mug.

3. When the dowel is dry, wrap the ribbon around the dowel, gluing the ends of the ribbon to the ends of the dowel.

4. Push the dowel into the foam in the mug, and then insert the 4” ball onto the dowel. At this point, if your dowel is too long, cut off an inch or so. Also, check to be sure the dowel rod and topiary are standing straight.

Insert stems into the ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

Trim stems to 1″ – 1-1/2″ and insert into the foam ball.

5. Cut the flowers from the stem, leaving about a 1” – 1-1/2” stem. Remove the 4” ball from the dowel, and insert the flowers all around the ball until it’s covered.

6. Place glue on the bottom end of the dowel, and insert into the mug. Add glue to the top of the dowel, and place the flower-covered ball onto the dowel.

7. Cover the top of the mug with shred, moss, or other filler material. Optional: Add a butterfly.

Last-minute Mother's Day gift idea: Make this Mother's Day Mug in 20 minutes!

This Mother’s Day Mug would also make a pretty teacher gift, bridal shower centerpiece, or party favor.

And you’re done! You almost don’t need instructions for this one. You could whip up these mugs for teachers, party favors, or bridal or baby showers, too. If you’re going to make a few of these, be sure to check out a dollar store or tag sales to see if you can score a deal on mugs.

How are you celebrating Mother’s Day? I’d love to hear about your plans for the day.

Happy crafting!


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  6. teedipity says:

    Inspiring craft idea! Would look really cute on a front porch or deck I think.. Hmmmm thinking a larger one would look very nice grouped with others at varying heights. as well . Really loving it!!!

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks so much! Love your idea of a grouping — it would be pretty, indeed. And the colors could match the occasion, like red & white for summer holidays. Happy crafting! Sharon

  7. Angie Dyer says:

    What a cute idea! This looks so easy to make and most of the items you may have in your craft supplies. The Dollar Store would also be a less expensive source of craft materials for this project. I could envision it for almost every holiday as well as bridal showers or baby showers. Love Topiaries!

    • Sharon says:

      You’re so right, Angie. This is easy enough that you could make multiple mugs for holidays and special events, and shopping at the dollar store keeps them really inexpensive. I had a lot of fun with this one, and I hope you give it a try. Thanks for stopping in today. Sharon

  8. Lynda says:

    So cute….love it

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