Mother’s Day is a beautiful holiday to celebrate the wonder of motherhood and the special women in our lives. I also equate Mother’s Day with a gorgeous and delicious brunch, so this year I created a festive painted floral tea set for the occasion.
I’ve had some fun in the past using oil-based paint pens to draw faces and other designs onto ceramics. The process is as simple as drawing a picture onto paper, maybe more simple because the paint wipes off easily until it is baked on.
Oil-based paint pens come in a huge variety of colors, so you can choose a colorway that you love. For this painted floral tea set I chose some spring coral pinks, accented by a pretty indigo blue and red. I also used a lot of black to add definition to the designs, which modernizes the patterns and makes them pop.
I began with just the white ceramic tea pot, then couldn’t resist also grabbing a creamer, sugar bowl, and two tea cups and saucers to complete the set. Add in some rose linen napkins, gold flatware, a low cake plate, and my favorite crystal cut juice pitcher, and your Mother’s Day brunch table is complete.
Of course, the DIY floral painted tea set looks amazing highlighted by a bunch of fresh flowers for Mom. I arranged fistfuls of flowers the colors of the tea set into a simple glass vase, then made sure to add them to the table and tucked in and around the food for a breathtaking setup.
I’m fairly certain any mother would be over the moon to wake up to a brunch with this pretty little floral tea set on Mother’s Day—and pretty much any other day of the year.
For the simple DIY, continue to the end of the post!
Once your set is painted, baked and sealed, you can fill the tea ball with your favorite loose leaf tea (I love this mint rose blend for Mother’s Day) and then add boiling water. The set will function normally and the paint dries fast!
To make your own DIY Mother’s Day Floral Painted Tea Set, here’s what you’ll need:
- white ceramic tea pot
- sugar bowl
- tea cups
- several colors of painter’s oil-based pens
- clear coat spray sealer
- Begin by washing and drying all of the ceramics.
- Choose the first piece, and a lighter color to begin with.
- Add a few small flowers; also, add buds to the top of the pot and around the edges.
- Using the black pen, add eyes and a nose. With the pink pen, add big, round cheeks
- Add green leaves and stems to the first round of flowers and buds, filling some of the empty spaces between flowers.
- Choose a second flower color and add buds and blooms in two or three places around the pot.
- Use the fourth color to add some additional blossoms in the rest of the empty space.
- Use the black pen to add dots, leaf lines, and details to the floral pattern.
- If you make a mistake, the pen easily wipes off of the ceramic while it is wet. Keep some paper towels or wipes on hand for corrections.
- Once you are happy with your design, bake the painted ceramics in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Let the baked ceramics cool completely. Spray each ceramic with a coat of clear coat sealer. Let dry again.
- Once baked and sealed, the painted ceramics will be gentle hand-wash only and the painted designs will stay on permanently.
I wish everyone a wonderful Mother’s Day!