It’s crunch time my friends! The Holidays are here and Christmas is just around the corner. I cannot believe I just typed that out loud. Where has this year gone, seriously? There are still so many things you need to accomplish before the big day, no way you can fit in creating a handmade special gift, right? Wrong! Today I would like to show you how you can create your very own fun, festive and fabulous glasses you can make fast and cheap. Of course this project has to be easy because you don’t need any more stress. And I promise you, not only will it meet all the criteria above, it will actually help you relax and have some fun while you do it!
Alright, let’s get started. If you haven’t read my post on how to create your own handpainted durable dishes, you might want to do that real quick. What I am about to show you is pretty much based on the same instructions.
When it comes to great quality glass ware for a steal, the Dollar Tree store cannot be beat. At a buck a piece for some brilliant and well made wine glasses or colorful water goblets you just can’t go wrong. If you plan on making a whole bunch, be sure to go on Dollar Tree’s website, you can order them in bulk and pick them up at the store in boxes. That is much easier than picking them out yourself and having to wait while the sales clerk wraps them up in paper. And I don’t get paid to say this, I just love their glass ware so much.
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SUPPLIES FOR FABULOUS GLASSES YOU CAN MAKE FAST AND CHEAP:
- plain glasses: wine, water, beer – your choice
- oil based sharpie pens – regular sharpies will not work
- acetone nail polish remover or plain hairspray for cleanup
- newspaper or craft paper to protect work surface
#1. Clean glasses
Starting with completely grease free, clean glasses is very important. New glasses also have price stickers or labels on the bottom that are often difficult to peel off. I have found it easiest to run a sink of hot, soapy water and let the glasses soak for just a little while. The labels will slide right off. Rinse any soapy residue thoroughly and dry each glass with a lint free cloth.
Here are they are all clean and ready to be painted!
#2. Prepare your work surface
Since oil based sharpies are fairly quick drying and permanent, you will want to protect the surface you’re working on. Generally a couple of layers of newspaper or craft paper will do the trick. I also like to keep a piece of wax paper handy, to try out the flow of the marker. For quick and easy cleanups set a few cotton swabs and nail polish remover close by.
Also make sure your work area is well lit. And if you wear them, be sure to have a pair of reading glasses handy to allow you to actually see what you are painting!
#3. Start painting
For the wine glasses shown here, I went with a variety of simple patterns that don’t require painting skills. Polka dots in various sizes are perfect for this. You can always check on the internet to find inspiration. Just google painted stem ware or stalk Pinterest for fun ideas.
To paint wine glasses, it’s easiest to turn them upside down. This will give you a larger surface area to work with and you can turn the glass by the stem as you go. Avoid getting any oils from your hands on the glass that will be painted. While oil based sharpie paint dries very quickly, make sure not to touch the paint until it is completely dry.
Here is an in-progess shot:
#4. Cure the paint
Once you are all finished painting your glasses, it’s time to cure the paint to make the glasses washable. When I first researched curing temperatures and times for my dish painting project, I came across a great number of different temps and times. This is the process I settled on and it has worked very well:
Carefully place each glass on your middle oven rack upside down (for stability). If you have air bake cookie sheets, you can place your glasses on one of them. They don’t warp when heated.
Close door and turn on oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit = about 175 Celsius. Let the oven come up to temperature. Once it is fully heated, set the timer to 30 minutes. Let glass ware bake/cure for thirty minutes, then turn off the oven. Keep the door closed and let glass ware sit in the oven until fully cooled.
It helps to save this for the evening, so you won’t tie up your oven for several hours, just in case you need it to cook dinner. If you cure the glasses in the evening and let them sit in the oven overnight to cool off you get to wake up to admire your completely finished project the next morning. How exciting!
Of to the oven!
#5. Enjoy your newly painted glasses
You did it! Now wasn’t that simple? Your new handpainted “designer” glasses can now be used. While they are technically top rack dishwasher safe, I would still recommend washing by hand.
They are fun to give as gifts, especially accompanied by a nice bottle of wine. Think of adding a couple of glasses to that obligatory bottle you bring to your dinner hostess.
Painting each glass a different pattern, but still in the same colors gives them a little more personality, and makes it easy for everyone to spot their glass at a party without wine charms!
Don’t you just love them?
Here is another angle.
I love the teal color, but the picture doesn’t do this glass justice. Teal and gold is a classic and must have right now!
As promised above here is the signup for my FREE Resource Library filled with instructions and fun printables to use in your own home decor!
With a project this easy, you can surprise someone special with a handmade gift that shines. Or add that little something extra to your holiday table or party! The possibilities are endless!
For some other easy and fun projects check out these posts:
I hope you can find the time and energy to enjoy this Holiday Season! And please be sure to show your completed project in the Witty Gritty Life Facebook group!