Sometimes I find myself perusing the tablewares section for things I totally don’t need but always end up buying anyway. One of my most recent unnecessary purchases were these little 69 cent glass mugs from IKEA. I figured I could use them for something or another, and I thought the shape was pretty cool, but I thought they needed something to jazz them up. I decided to give them a midcentury, googie style makeover using craft paint and painters tape.
First I found some midcentury style clip art and printed it so I could make my stencil. I used an exacto knife to cut the shapes into painters tape.
Then I applied the tape to the glass in a random pattern.
I used a screen printing method to apply the paint. This is where you put on a drop of paint and use a squeegee to drag it across and fill in the stencil to create a smooth finish. You can use a sponge or brush, too, but it probably won’t have as smooth of a finish.
Make sure to remove the tape before the paint dries. Otherwise the tape will take the paint off with it.
Let the paint dry for about an hour and then place into a cool oven and set the heat to 350 degrees. Let bake for 30 minutes and then shut the oven off. Let the glass cool in the oven and then remove. The paint will be cured and washable.
Pretty neat looking cups for 70 cents, huh?
New Years Eve is approaching and I have champagne on the mind. I took a look at a set of plain, cheap champagne flutes that I bought, and got inspired to jazz them up a bit. I wanted something glam and fun, and got the idea to use gold leaf sheets to give them a gold-flaked confetti look.
All you need are inexpensive champagne flutes, gold leafing sheets, and adhesive. If you’re an avid crafter and champagne lover you probably already have these available.
Decide where you want the gilding on the glass to be. I wanted a very random and imperfect, broken up pattern, as if gold flakes were floating down the glass. I painted the adhesive heavily on the parts I wanted more gilding and then used a small brush to dab glue on randomly around the glass to create smaller flakes. Let the glue dry until it’s clear and tacky.
Then simply stick and rub the gold leaf sheets onto the glass until it sticks to the glue. Once you have all of the glue covered, use a soft brush to tap down the gold leafing and then brush away any excess.
Look at what a difference a little gold leaf makes.
To protect the gold leaf, carefully go over any gilded parts with a gold leaf sealant. Let dry completely, preferably overnight, before using and washing. You can gently hand wash in cold water with mild soap and drip dry.