Mother’s Day presents with Martha Stewart craft paint

I signed up for a Mother's Day promotion with  Martha Stewart's Crafts paint line by Plaid. I am terrible at Mother's Day but love a craft challenge so I thought this would be the perfect kick in the butt this year. After a rocky start (stenciling is hard!) I got the hang of it and ended up making four Mother's Day gifts. I'll start with my present to myself.


Wait! First I'll start with all the loot: paint, glitter paint, stencil film, heat tool to make your own stencils, some cute premade stencils, brushes, dapplers, sponges, spray painting attachment for the paint. Lots of awesome stuff!


Like I said, it took me a while to get rolling. I like things sort of plain I guess. Every idea I had I immediately dismissed as, nah too fussy, too busy, too goofy, I like it better plain. But I couldn't resist all these fun supplies laying around and I made the sixlets skirt for Phoebe. Then I really warmed up to putting stuff on stuff. I went to Ikea and got a bunch of the plain stuff and dug in. My first project was putting a bird on something. That project is for my mom (who is a birder so it outweighs the cliche) and I'll show that project below. That project was the major learning curve for me. I learned two lessons there, the first was to use the adhesive stencil film (which rocks!) instead of the regular stencil film. It is thinner, more pliable and I had so much more luck with this on the type of projects I was doing. The second was that if you're stenciling on a curved object you need to cut your stencil into small parts that will lay flat. After I figured these two things out, my second project, the herb family here, came together much smoother.


One thing I really wanted to do was paint dip something. Turns out this isn't the right paint for that. It's too thick. Here's a list of all the stuff it is awesome for though…Martha Stewart Crafts acrylic paint (you can get it at Joanns btw) is a multi-surface craft paint that works on fabric, wood, glass, ceramic, plastic, and metal. They work for indoor or outdoor use, and even safe for dishwashers. Since I know next to nothing about paint I love that this is an easy go-to for most projects. Anyway, so I just faked a dip in the paint by painting a swooshy bit along the top. The other thing I really wanted to do was put a face on something. I love faces on ceramics. So I came up with some little personalities for my pots. Wait, I should stop and do the official play by play. Goes like this…


  • Martha Stewart Crafts acrylic paint 
  • 25cent pots from Ikea
  • heat tool
  • adhesive stencil film
  • herbs

Step 1: Paint swoosh along top of pot.


Step 2: Draw some faces. Trace them onto the paper backing of the adhesive stencil film. I held it up to the window and traced them on the back with a sharpie.



Step 3: Tape the stencil film to glass and use the heat tool with tapered point to cut out the stencil. I found that pulling the tool through the film sort of quickly worked the best. Then I cleaned up the stencil by scraping off any melty bits off with my finger nail.


Step 4: Cut around the face shape sorta closely. This makes painting it in a bit more tricky but makes laying flat on the curved surface WAY easier. Peel off the backing of stencil and center on pot. Dab in the paint with a brush. Peel off the stencil while the paint is still wet. 


Step 5: plant an herb in there and give to your mom. Or if you've been good yourself this year you can put it on your own kitchen shelf 🙂

monsieur mint and boy parsley

Now for what my mom is getting, my first go at the stenciling. I really like how it turned out despite the fact that it's not as neat and tidy as the pots. 

A Bird and nest snack set.


My dear friend Cathy handed down these vintage snack sets of cups with matching plates in really cool colors, brown, green and blue. My mom loves a mug so I thought of her right away when I saw them. And as I mentioned, she loves a bird too so this is what I came up with. For how to's, follow what I did above. Do not spend lots of time trying to jam a thick flat stencil onto a curved surface. And maybe don't use as much paint as I did on birdie (kinda goopy). For ceramics the instructions on the paint say to clean surface with alcohol so I did that. And then after air dying for 24 hours it should be top rack dishwasher safe.

I made two more quick projects with the paint as well. I'll show and tell them later this week! Thanks for the challenge, Plaid. I had a blast! Putting stuff on stuff is super fun.

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This post was written as a part of a paid campaign with Plaid and Blueprint Social.  All opinions in this post are 100% mine.

17 thoughts on “Mother’s Day presents with Martha Stewart craft paint

  1. abcgirl says:

    i love the design of the nest plate! was the stencil film significantly different than clear contact paper? and was using the heat tool easier than using an exacto knife? thanks for sharing your projects!

  2. Hillary Lang says:

    it’s pretty much the same thickness as contact paper but it seems sturdier, less likely to tear.
    the heat tool is nice on curves. i thought it was way easier than the exacto knife. the exacto has a cleaner edge for sure but I always go sliding off and screwing the whole thing up. if I was better with the exacto knife I wouldn’t need it. although a lot less hand cramping with the heat tool!
    how much is it… $25 at Joanns and if you had one of those 40% coupons it’d be worth trying if you cut a lot of your own stencils. it also has the tiny iron attachment which I find useful

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