Grandparent’s Day DIY Painted Tea Mug
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Did you know that September 11th is National Grandparents Day? I know many of us will never forget this date due to the historic tragedies of the past, but isn’t it awesome to know there is such a positive to this date too? While my grandparents may have passed or became distant; my children are blessed to have four special people in their lives that they call Meme, Grandma Alice, and Nana, and Papa. They did have an amazing Vovo too (Portuguese for grandfather), but he has since passed, but will never be forgotten.
To honor my children’s grandparent figures, we knew some special cards from Hallmark were in order. Giving someone a Hallmark Card is the perfect way to show them how much you care. We love getting our Hallmark Cards from Walgreens because they have such a large section for pretty much every occasion ever! I love looking through each section of neatly displayed cards to find the perfect ones for each person. My kids had a blast picking out four special cards for their family members.
It was a tough decision, but the four cards we chose resonated with our kids either with the imagery or words spoken inside. My kids wanted these cards to be perfect because they love their grandparents and the special times they spend together. After my children added finishing touches to their Hallmark Grandparent’s Day Cards, I asked my kids some special words of wisdom they remember/ keep in mind from their grandparents.
Makenzi (9): I remember when Vovo used to tell us to always listen to our mommy and daddy and behave for them. He was never afraid to discipline us if we did not listen to him or behave…I miss him.
Khloe (7): Nana always tell us to try our best. It is ok if we are not perfect…so that means we do not need to get 100 on our spelling test, right mom?
Blake (4): Meme always tells me to be a good boy. She said when I am older I can help her on her farm and be just like Vovo was and drive a tractor. But, I have to be good first…so I am going to be good.
Gosh, some of these candid conversations with my kids reminded me of when my Vavo, and Vovo were around. They passed away when I was 15, but will always hold a special place in my heart. There was a language barrier so it was hard to hold full conversations with them, but I know my Vavo could cook. She loved to cook, and would be at her happiest place when everyone was enjoying her delicious food. Someday, in the future I hope to be a grandmother like that!
Since most grandparents love tea I wanted to make an inexpensive gift to pair with my children’s Hallmark Cards. My mom often uses the phrase “not my cup of tea”. My kids thought it would be cute to create a “Grammy you’re our cup of tea” mug. Some simple paint pens, a cheap mug, and some Tazo tea from Walgreens all came together to make a cut Grandparents Day gift.
Supplies needed for this DIY Painted Tea Mug:
- White Mug $1
- Paper Filler $1
- Paint Pens $4
- Tea- $4
Wash mug and dry it completely.
Allow you child to write: “Grammy you’re our/my cup of tea mug” saying carefully on the mug
Draw hearts, and tea bag
Once mug is completed, place in the oven and bake for 30 mins at 350 to set the paint.
After your mug is cooled, place filler in mug and tea. *Optional place mug in a small plastic cellophane bag and tie it with a ribbon.
Make sure you tell your recipients not to use harsh scrubbers on the mug because it may scrape the paint.
Your grandparents are sure to love this “Grammy you’re our cup of tea mug”.
Be sure to pair this DIY Grandparent’s Day painted mug with a Hallmark Card and you will be all set for September 11th.
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What are some special anecdotes your grandparents shared with you that you remember?