I know we’re past Christmas, but there are still reasons to celebrate! We’ve got New Years, Valentines, and my birthday (hee) just around the corner! Let’s toast to all these good times with my Striped Painted Glassware! Earlier this year I created a separate design to be included in Make Your Day ebook my friend Chelsea and I built, but we later realized a mistake in the original pieces and needed to scrap the idea. I’ve edited and perfected this glassware and now it’s ready to share with you, and I LOVE how they turned out.
Make a set for your New Years toast, here’s how:
- Martha Stewart Glass Paint: white, gold, and blue
- new or thrifted glassware (tip: it’s hard to paint clean lines on tapered/curves glassware, I suggest straight glassware if you can find it)
- rubbing alcohol
- paint brush
- washi tape
- optional: X-acto knife
- From the top of your glasses, measure down 1 – 2 inches from the opening and wrap around a piece of washi tape. The Martha Stewart Paint is not food safe, so you need to give enough room so your mouth won’t touch the paint.
- Measure up from the base of the glass about 1/2″ and wrap a piece of washi tape around it.
- Time to tape off the vertical lines. The washi tape I used was 1/2 inch wide, so I tried to create 1/4″ – 1/2″ spaces to paint. Tip: if you use an even number of vertical taped washi strips, you will get an even number of spaces to paint. This is ideal if you are using 2 paint colors for the lines and don’t want a color to repeat. If you don’t get even lines, no worries. Just paint that extra line with gold paint. I chose to go this route.
- Use your finger to press down all the tape spots. Be sure there are no bubbles along the tape edge where paint can bleed under the tape.
- Let’s get painting! This first paint step is optional, but I like it. If you’d like a bit of gold for the undercoat (that you can see from the inside of the glass) paint 2 – 3 layers of gold paint on the vertical paint spaces (letting each coat dry about 20 minutes).
- Next up, paint a layer of white paint over all the gold. The gold paint is a bit transparent and this will help. Let this layer dry about 15 – 20 minutes.
- On every other stripe, paint 1 – 2 coats of blue paint (letting dry about 15 – 20 minutes in between coats). On the remaining white stripes, add more coats of white (if needed). Note: if you have an uneven number of stripes, paint your gold stripe now. You’ll probably need to paint 2 layers of gold. Let dry 15 – 20 minutes.
- Peeling off the washi tape can be a bit tricky. If you let the paint on the glassware dry completely, the paint may tear off when peeling off the tape. Pull the tape off with in 30 minutes of the last cost, very carefully. OR, use an x-acto knife to trace along the tape and paint line.
- When the tape is off, let the glassware dry completely. I suggest overnight. Tip: if you notice any spots the paint may have bled under the tape, you can use the tip of your x-acto knife to scrape it off.
- You have two options to make your paint job permanent. The Martha Stewart Paint instructions say you can let the pieces dry for 21 days, or bake them. In my experience baking has worked better with this paint. I haven’t had much luck with waiting 21 days, plus I’m inpatient. Hee. Here are the Martha Sterwart Paint baking instructions: “When oven curing, make sure your piece is completely dry before setting it in the oven. Be careful to not allow any painted surfaces to be resting or touching anything while in the oven and start with your piece in a cool oven before turning it up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and baking for 30 minutes. Allow your piece to cool completely before handling.”
You’re done! Give as an awesome hostess gift with some bubbly, or keep for yourself and toast to YOU for a job well done!
Happy New Year!
Sarah Khandjian is the crafty maker behind the DIY lifestyle blog Sarah Hearts. She is a graphic designer with a passion for creating lovely things. When not blogging or making something cute, Sarah can be found at the barn with her horse (her other passion).
I’m always looking for stylish ways to keep my desk organized. Since most of us spend so much of our days at our desks, why not fill them with functional items that look lovely, too? My organizational solution was to create a fun pencil cup using an empty paint can that would corral pens, pencils, and paint brushes. This colorful container also doubles as a daily calendar. It’s stylish and multi-functional – two things that are a must when you’re limited on desk space.
To create your own calendar pencil cup you will need:
- Empty one-quart paint can
- Washi tape, in various colors and patterns
- X-acto knife
- 2 printable magnet sheets
- Calendar template (click to print)
- Ink jet printer
Start by downloading the calendar template and printing out the text on the magnetic paper. Use scissors or a cutting machine to cut out each word and number.
It is helpful to bend the magnets around a pencil before you use them. This creates a slight curve in them and helps them wrap around the paint can.
Cover the entire outside of the paint can with washi tape. This can be kinda haphazard for a more organic look or it can be applied neat and orderly. Be sure that the tape hangs off both the top and bottom edges.
Carefully use the X-acto knife or a utility knife to cut off the excess tape on the top and bottom of the can. Peel off the small pieces of cut washi tap and you’re ready to add the magnets and fill the cup with writing utensils!
Happy DIY organizing!
Note: You can store the extra week day and number magnets on the back side of the paint can so you can quickly change the date.
A couple of weeks ago I attended the Alt Summit conference, in Utah. Better Homes and Gardens had a little booth set up and it was pretty adorable. It was like a comfy little living room in the middle of the hustle and bustle of this conference. The dresser in this “living room” had a nice detail: washi tape lines. Yup. Those lines you see in the photo above are not painted on… it’s gold wash tape. What’s washi tape? It’s a lovely decorative tape that can be easily removed. There are SO many cute designs (you can find a wide variety on Etsy).
When I came home the first thing I did was stare at the dresser in my entryway. I’ve been so bored an uninspired by this thing for months. I cannot decide what I want to do with it. Paint it teal? Add a crazy design? Add some gold leaf? I don’t know, so it just sits there. BUT, this week I’ve added some gold washi tape stripes. It will keep me happy for a while, until I actually decide what I want to do.
1st try: I attempted some stripes… then decided I wasn’t feeling it.
2nd try: I liked this, but I felt like something was missing…
Final: Done. I may change it up a bit more, BUT that’s ok! It’s so easy to move and adjust. Maybe diamonds?
Have you tried out Washi Tape yet?
P.S. Ignore the blue tape on my walls…. we are painting!
Top photo by, Brooke Dennis