Here's a fun craft activity that can be used in many different ways. From gifts to wedding favors, this a creative way to make sure you know whose glass is whose during family gatherings or during holiday meals. No need for drink charms anymore. Everyone can give their own creative flare to their glass with a little chalkboard paint and a piece of chalk.
Step 1: Gathering Supplies
Before you can begin the project, you will need to purchase a few items. First, you will need a wine glass. I have found individual ones at the dollar store ($1.00 each), or packs of 4 at Walmart or Target for a bit more. The other nice thing is that left-over glasses from partial sets work well, as well as re-gifting of extras you don't need.
Next, you will need to purchase Rust-Oleum brand ChalkBoard paint. I found plain black at Home Depot for $9.98. For $12.98 you can also purchase tintable chalkboard paint and choose from about 9-12 different colors. You may also want to pick up some sponge brushes for applying the paint at a cost of $.60 each at Walmart.
Finally, you will need chalk, which you can find at Walmart for $.97 for 12 sticks.
Step 2: Prepare Your Work Space
Once you have gathered your supplies, you are ready to begin. First, cover your surface with newspaper to ensure paint doesn't get all over, particularly if you don't have a separate work space like I don't.
Be sure to layer the newspaper so the paint won't bleed through.
Make sure you have something to open the paint with and something to pour the paint into if necessary.
Step 3: Get Ready to Paint
You have a choice to dip the stem of your wine glass in the paint or to paint the stem with a sponge brush. If you dip the stem, be sure to rest the glass on its side after so it doesn't stick to the newspaper while drying.
You get to decide how far up the stem to paint. It is possible that you may need to allow the first coat of paint to dry and reapply a second coat.
Please watch the following video to see specifics about completing the project:
Step 4: Finishing Touches
The ChalkBoard paint is a water-based paint. Wash paintbrush immediately with soap and water. Paint is durable when dry.
Allow your stemware to dry over night in a safe place. Place a couple of pieces of chalk in the glass and decorate with tissue and ribbon for an added flare.
Be sure to let the recipient know to hand wash the stemware, not to put them in the dishwasher.
This is a great gift for many different occasions! Be creative! I am sure you can come up with many ways to use this simple project!
Step 5: Variation
Rust-Oleum also has Dry Erase paint. The cost for markers is a bit more and so is the paint (almost double), but creates another way to individualize your guests' stemware during gatherings and holiday meals!