When I saw this tutorial for DIY decorated drinking glasses at one of my favorite blogs, I was immediately smitten with the concept. Oh the many possibilities! Gifts, special party glasses, candle holders … with just a paint pen, some old drinking glasses, and a little patience, this is a project that I could get use often.
This easy DIY from Young House Love seems endlessly adaptable. You could paint drinking glasses as demonstrated and you could also use the same treatment on candle holders or on old Mason jars. And because you're painting on glass, you don't even have to have artistic talent! You could simply trace an image by putting it on the inside of the glass and painting the outside. Silhouette glasses for each family member maybe? Or how about monogram glasses for that nephew who just moved into his first apartment? You could even trace your child's favorite cartoon character onto glasses. (Don't worry, we won't call the Trademark police if you promise not to profit from your creations.)
It's all quite easy. Simply paint the design onto the glassware with a paint pen (available at art and craft supply stores). After letting the paint dry the recommended amount of time (in most cases, 24 hours), bake the glasses in a 325 degree oven for 40 minutes. One great tip I gleaned from Young House Love is to NOT preheat the oven as sudden changes in temperature may break the glasses. Rather, put the glasses in the oven, set the temperature, let them bake for the proper amount of time, then turn off the oven and let the glasses gradually cool inside it.
For full instructions, check out the post over at Young House Love.
Images: Young House Love