Here’s our take on a fun and easy project… one of the most popular on Pinterest right now! If you can draw a dot… you can turn glassware, ceramic mugs or vases into a wonderful gift for your special someone!
The best part is, with the right paint pens and an oven, your design can be permanent and dishwasher safe!
First…. gather these supplies:
• Wine glasses, drinking glasses, white or solid color ceramic mugs, glass or ceramic vase all of which can be found in abundance at any Impact Thrift Store! These items are usually less than $1 each.
• A sheet of easy-peel, printable labels. Avery #6465 works well. They cost approx. $15/25 sheet pack at a local office supply store. Sometimes you can find a generic brand available for less.
• OIL-Based Paint Pen Markers in various colors. These are available individually or in packs at most craft, hobby or office supply stores. Sharpie brand and Uni-Paint will be the easiest to find – just be sure that they say OIL-based on the package.
• Plain paper, scissor, tape
• Oven (adult supervision required!)
• Xacto knife, rubbing alcohol and Q-tips (optional)
Let’s get started!
We have put together written instructions and a page of heart/sentiment templates. Click here to download the 2 page pdf. Print page 2 or draw your own heart design to fit the front of your chosen glassware. The heart shape templates page will print on an 8.5” x 11” sheet of plain or label paper.
Using scissor and/or xacto knife, cut out the design that appeals to you and that fits on the front of your glass, vase or mug. Peel away the backing and adhere the design to the outside front of the glass/vase/mug as a stencil.
**Be sure to work with the paint pens in a well-ventilated area.**
Start adding dots of color or designs using one color marker at a time filling up the area within the stencil you’ve created (as in our vase example) or outside the edge of the design (as in our wine glass example). Allow to air dry for a few minutes between each layer of color. Once you are happy with the dot or design coverage, allow your project to dry completely. This should only take approximately 10 minutes.
Once the paint is dry to the touch, carefully peal away the sticker. Add optional designs within or around the heart shape at this point if you choose.
If you need to touch up a spot, carefully dab with a very small amount of rubbing alcohol on a q-tip to remove the paint. Try not to let the rubbing alcohol run as it will dissolve all paint in it’s path!
Next, add Valentine’s Day words or sentiments. In our wine glass example, we printed the template on plain paper, cut out around the words (Be Mine and Valentine) and taped them to the inside of the glass. Then, using the same paint pens, we traced the words on the outside through the clear glass. Once complete, remove the paper and any tape residue and allow to dry again.
Once you are happy with your design, place your glassware or ceramic items face down on a cookie sheet in a 350° oven. “Bake” for 30 minutes, then turn off the oven but leave the glassware in the oven to allow it to cool gradually. This may take up to 3 hours. If you complete the project in the evening, just let the items cool in the oven overnight and remove them in the morning.
Last step… add flowers to your vase, candy or any other touch that will make your personalized Valentine’s Day gift a sweet, special treat!