New Year’s is just around the corner, and if you’re anything like me, half the fun of celebrating is avoiding amateur hour at the bars and throwing your own friend-centric holiday party. I’m not much for arts and crafts, but I thought I’d give this DIY a go and try and impress some of my guests with these custom champagne glasses. I decided to combine a couple of DIYs I found online and make a variety of metallic flute designs. I feel like this is the best option for a party because you have the added bonus of people never forgetting which glass is theirs!
First Step is picking two metallic shades you’d like for your glasses. I chose silver and gold to go with the New Year’s theme. Make sure you grab enamel paint, glass paint, or multi-surface paint. I also purchased silver spray paint and glitter paint to add variety. One paint brush should be fine.
I may or may not have made my boyfriend do this part.
If you decide to use spray paint, make sure to spray outside and from a few feet away. Use painter’s tape to outline the design you would like on the glass and place a bag on top to cover the top of the flute. I only had packaging tape on me, but I would highly recommend you do not use it. It’s a lot more difficult to pull off. After the paint had dried and I removed the tape, I used the paintbrush and silver enamel paint to add polka dots around the rim. I would suggest bunching the polka dots together and then spreading them out further apart as you make your way up the flute.
I chose to also use the tape technique to paint a design on my second glass with the gold enamel paint. Since I used paint and not spray, the brush strokes are much more visible, so make sure you do even brush strokes in the same direction if you choose to make one like this:
Don’t forget to open a window to get rid of the fumes! Or, you know, don’t.
For my third glass, I chose to try painting the entire flute. I started out by spray painting the stem, and then used the silver paint to do brush strokes up the top. Once the silver had dried, I went over it with my gold glitter paint. Keep in mind, the glitter will become more visible once it has dried.
Mess up? Oh cool, just paint all over it.
I chose to simply do gold and silver polka dots for my final glass, which is perhaps the best design if you want a more uniform look to all your glasses and/or you want the champagne to be more visible.
After that, I allowed my pieces to dry, and then added silver and gold accents to each glass so that they would vary even more. I painted the stem or the bottom of some and added gold/silver polka dots or glitter to others. I hate following strict instructions, so it was fun to just add whatever felt right.
See my dog peeking through the glasses? Yeah, she refused to move from the couch.
Drying instructions, as well as dishwasher safety, will vary by the type of paint you use. Read the directions on the back. They will most likely offer a baking option and a drying option. If you don’t want to wait a few days for them to air dry, I would suggest oven baking them. I let my flutes air dry, then baked them at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. I put my glasses in while the oven was still cool, so that it heated up gradually. It is best to wait a few days after they’ve baked to use them. Once that’s done, they’ll be ready for holding your fantastic bubbly on New Year’s Eve! Best part, everyone will be able to tell which glass is theirs.
Stay tuned for our next post outlining how to make a tasty (and boozy!) champagne cocktail recipe to toast at midnight!