Stenciled Glassware DIY

Classes are starting soon, which means it’s time to squeeze in as much crafting goodness as possible. To be honest, we’ve been on a bit of an arts & crafts craze this past week (look out for Jenny’s new room design post). The thought of finishing off the summer with fruity cocktails out of DIY-ed glasses? We thought yes!!

Step 1: What’s your concept?

There are lots of differing opinions on how to go about starting an arts & crafts or DIY project. While some prepare to think everything through and have a master plan, we prefer to go with the flow; things seem to turn out more organic that way (added bonus: our type A personalities won’t crawl out of our skin when we don’t have a preconcieved notion of a perfect final product when we’re done 😉 ).

Instead of having a blueprint, try starting off with a concept — ours was clean & simple with a flirty, girly touch.

Some other concepts to try out:

monogrammed kitchenware

monogrammed kitchenware

holiday ornaments

holiday ornaments

fun patterns & prints

fun patterns & prints

Step 2: Figure out what pieces you want to paint

We went a little crazy and painted: cups, bowls (our mom’s were thrilled at the new banchan serving bowls!), and spice containers.

{spice jars from IKEA}

{spice jars from IKEA}

Depending on what you want to paint, you’re going to be choosing the type of stencils, technique, etc. If you’re just starting on, we suggest flat surfaces to learn the ropes.

Step 3: Buy the essentials

Any girl who’s attempted a DIY project knows that buying all the materials can cause a dent in your wallet, so we did as any college gal would — we got resourceful and used make-up supplies! For the rest, we happily pretended to be artists and Martha Stewart’s assistants at Pearl Paints & Michael’s!



Things needed in a nutshell:

Acrylic paint

You can never go wrong with Martha Stewart, but buying individual paints can be expensive. We chose a few must-have colors in the satin collection (eggshell, ballet slipper-pink, heather grey) and bought a small-tube multi-pack for the rest.


If you’ve got the time and patience, make you’re own stencils are our favorite (extra large font on Microsoft word, rubber cement, contact paper, and an Xacto knife will do wonders). But time was not something we have too much of (school in a week..where did summer go?!) so we opted for store-bought stencils. Adhesive stencils are a must when painting curved glassware (though they are a bit pricier).

Washi tape

Some like using painter’s tape better, but we’ve always loved washi tapeit’s eco-friendly and cute!


Here’s where our make-up savviness comes in — make-up sponges work just as well as stencil brushes. Yay for buying in bulk! Old make-up brushes also work if you prefer using a brush instead of a sponge. (If you’re using a brush however, make sure to dab and not brush — brushing motions increase the likelihood of the paint bleeding under the stencil, giving you less-than-crisp edges)

Palette & water cup

A simple disposable plastic plate and cup will serve this purpose 🙂 Make sure to clean the sponge and brush with water right away since dried acrylic is harder to remove.  Another tip: use dried brushes as excess water will cause the paint to run.

Step 4: Paint!

Here’s the fun part! Carefully clean & dry the surface you’re painting and apply the stencil with washi tape. Have some rubbing alcohol and water handy (rubbing alcohol dries quick and removes dried paint more easily) as well as toothpicks for paint slip-ups and runny edges.

For color combinations, it’s really a matter of personal preference! Our favorite combinations are any pastels paired with white. Oh and did we mention cobalt blue??

Step 5: Gloss & Finish

If you plan on using the glassware more than once, gloss or satin finish is a must! Don’t make the mistake of using a matte gloss like we did (matte on glassware is a no-go…it’s great on decoupage or frame-painting though)

Our favorite: Martha Stewart Crafts Satin Finish

Our final products:

{picnic patterns}

{picnic patterns}

{white flowers}

{white flowers}

{blooper}  lesson learned: no more matte finishes on glass!

lesson learned: no more matte finishes on glass!

Hope you enjoyed! Feedback is always appreciated ❤

xoxo Jenny & Elise


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