Martha Stewart Crafts™ Silkscreened Butterfly Ceramics
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Martha Stewart Crafts™ Silkscreened Butterfly Ceramics

These bright & cheery ombre colored butterfly mugs are a snap to make with Martha Stewart Crafts™ adhesive silkscreens & glass paint.
Craft Time: 30-60 minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • Martha Stewart Crafts™ Adhesive Silkscreen Print – Butterflies
  • Martha Stewart Crafts™ Gloss Opaque Glass Paint – Pollen, Geranium and Habañero
  • Martha Stewart Crafts™ Glass Paint Stenciling Tools and/or Glass Squeegee Set
  • Martha Stewart Crafts™ Glass Patterning Tape
  • Ceramic Canister
  • Ceramic Mugs (4)

Project Instructions

Ceramic Mugs

Using the squeegee and/or pouncer, follow general Glass Adhesive Silkscreen instructions below. Habanero was used for this project.


Ceramic Canister

Using the squeegee and/or pouncer, follow general Glass Adhesive Silkscreen instructions below. Habanero, Pollen and Geranium were used for this project.


General Glass Adhesive Silkscreen

Step 1 Wash surface in warm soapy water. Allow to dry. Moisten a paper towel with rubbing alcohol and wipe entire surface to remove any residue.

Step 2 Create a unique pattern by repeating a silkscreen over an area. Arrange designs in a grid for a structured look, or apply randomly for a playful, organic effect. Make sure to plan and measure both the silkscreen and the surface. To get an idea of what it will look like before painting, copy and print the design on paper first and tape it to your surface. Finalize your design and mark the placement with a wax pencil. For a look that's cohesive and natural, limit your palette to one, two, or three colors. Use varying shades of one color, complementary colors, or colors in the same family (warm tones, cool tones, rich tones, pastels, etc.).

Step 3 Cut out desired design elements. Remove the backing from the silkscreen and set aside to later store the silkscreen. Position the silkscreen on the surface, smoothing to eliminate any wrinkles. Use a squeegee or pouncer to apply paint:

The squeegee is ideal for flat surfaces or large spaces. Apply a line of paint along one edge of the silkscreen. Place the squeegee above the line of paint and pull it down into the design area with light, even pressure. Use a smooth, fluid motion to spread the paint. Continue spreading until the paint fills the entire design area.

The pouncer is ideal for curved or intricate areas and small surfaces. Pour a small amount of paint onto your palette. Load the paint sparingly on a pouncer, dab off excess, and onto silkscreen. Apply second coat if necessary.

Step 4 While paint is still wet, carefully peel off the silkscreen. Wash and completely dry silkscreens before reusing. Let painted designs dry for 30 minutes before applying another silkscreen. Allow project to dry completely.

Step 5 All painted glass projects should be cured to increase the paint’s durability. Use either of the following techniques:

Bake to Cure – Place dry painted glassware into cool oven. Set oven to 350°F and bake for 30 minutes. Glass must heat gradually with the oven to avoid breakage. Do not place glass in a hot oven. After 30 minutes, turn off the oven. Allow glass to cool completely in oven. Wait 72 hours before using.

Air Cure – Air dry completed projects for 21 days before using.

NOTE: Use only the Air Cure technique for projects decorated with Glitter Glass paints.

Step 6 Rinse silkscreens and tools immediately after use to remove excess paint. Do not allow paint to dry on silkscreen.


For an ombre effect, apply two or three complementary paint colors to the silkscreen and squeegee or pounce them over the design area.

Craft Notes

Crafted for Michaels by the Plaid Creative Team.