The DIY project train rolls on in this neck of the woods! Today, I want to show you a really easy and heartfelt gift you could give to members of your wedding party, your readers, or anyone that has helped you along the way. This gift would be great for any occasion, really—birthday party, shower hostess thank you, anything!
**If you are one of our readers or my personal attendant, I made these gifts for you! To keep the surprise, please don’t read any further…THIS MEANS YOU JILL C., JORDAN, SARA & ERIN!**
Start by gathering your supplies. For this project, you will need:
Wine Glasses – I bought mine at the Dollar Store! They are great quality and perfect for a project like this.
Acrylic Paint – Any kind of acrylic paint will work…no need to buy special glass paint.
Next, you’ll want to create and print your design. I decided to do a monogram on each of the glasses. I found a font I liked (BlackJack from DaFont.com), blew it up until it was a pretty large size and printed each girl’s monogram. Cut them out.
Next, position the monograms inside the wine glasses at the spot you’d like them, and tape in place.
Now you’re ready to start painting! Start by tracing the monogram with your choice of colored acrylic paint. I used black. Don’t worry about it if they’re not perfect the first time you paint. It definitely takes some getting used to, but you can use water to wipe away any mistakes you first make.
Once you have the first coat done, let them dry a bit…then you can remove the monogram from the inside of the glasses and go about painting second, third, or even fourth coats, until you’re satisfied with how they look! I did four coats total, just to make sure the letters were nice and black.
Once they’ve dried a bit, they’re ready for baking! Place the wine glasses on a cookie sheet and carefully put them into a COLD oven…THEN set your oven to 350*F. Once the oven dings that it is preheated, set the timer for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, turn the oven off, but leave the door closed and let the wine glasses sit 10 minutes more. After that 10 minutes, open the door and let the wine glasses set there (with oven door open), until they are fully cooled.
Note: I then used a gold leafing pen to add my gold squares to the design. There were warnings all over the label about the gold pen that said to avoid heat, and I didn’t want it to wreck the glasses if the gold leaf was heated up…so I added that later.
Once they’ve cooled, they’re done! Tie a ribbon on and you’re ready to gift away! (But be sure to remind your friends that they are HAND-WASH ONLY).
We’ll be giving each of our readers/attendant their personalized wine glass, plus a nice bottle of wine for them to enjoy. I may also try and find some cute wine charms or a wine bottle opener to go with!
I loved this project—I sort of want one of these for myself, haha! While it was a bit time-consuming, between the painting, drying & baking (it took me about two days overall to finish these, working maybe 1.5 to 2 hrs at a time), I really love the way they turned out and I think our friends will love the hand-made aspect. This project was inexpensive as well! I did the whole thing for about $10, including wine glasses and paint.
What are some your DIY projects you loved?
*All photos by me. Again, do not use without my express written consent.