I cannot tell a lie…this is not my original idea. Although, it probably wasn’t the original idea of the Pinner who Pinned this on Pinterest (say that five times fast). But like any good Pinterest user, I saw it, I pinned it, I tried it, and I copied it. Anyway, this is a really easy, fun project that kept all three of my kids (ages 3, 5, and 7) busy for hours.
Our craft conquest began with a trip to our local Goodwill where we found 2 tumblers and a bud vase for $0.99 each.
We had plenty of left-over Tempura paint from another kid-friendly project. The post that I snagged this idea from recommended enamel acrylic paint. I’m not sure what the difference is, butthe Tempura paint worked just fine. Plus it’s non-toxic so when my 3 year-old started putting it in his mouth, we were good to go! My kids eat YoCrunch yogurt like it is going out of style…turns out the containers are the perfect thing for paint cups and you can put the lid on for easy clean-up and less wasted paint.
Once you are set up with your paint, get some Q-Tips and start dotting. The best part of this project is you really can’t mess up. Just keep dotting until you get the effect you want. Dot..dot…dot…”no glass showing, Mom!” Now for the tricky part…once dry the paint started to crackle and flake off. The original tutorial I read recommended putting the piece in the over for 30 minutes at 350…”Yikes!” was my reaction. I decided to use a clear gloss spray paint (Painter’s Touch Clear Gloss from Rustoleum) to seal all the paint in. The bonus was it really brightened up the paint and gave it a nice shine … similar to baking a clay piece in the oven. Side note: we are not planning on actually using these glasses for anything other than decoration.
These little gems are going to make a special grandmother very happy on her birthday!