I don't know about you, but I can never remember which one is my glass at a party! And although I love those cute little wine charms, I so easily forget which one is mine. So necessity became the mother of invention at a recent party and since then a favorite gift for friends ... chalk stemmed wine glasses! Everyone has their name on their glass and there are no excuses for sampling someone else's full glass!
The process is so simple... all you need are:
wine glasses (cheap or pricey)
chalkboard paint (any variety will do)
I like to use a latex based paint, because it adheres so well to the glass and needs only a few layers. There is a great varieties of wine, whiskey, martini and cocktail glasses, which all make for fun gifts. You can start at the dollar store, in case you mess up, but even those will look a million dollars when you're done.
Tape off the stem up to the point you want to paint. With one glass the top line isn't critical and a run-off effect can be quite charming. With multiple glasses in a set, it may be more visually appealing to have a uniform line. But it's art ... so anything goes!
Start painting your layers. Lots of thin layers are better than a couple of thick ones. I prefer using a sponge brush, so there isn't any streaking, which makes writing awkward. The finish with a sponge brush is smoother. When I first tried out this craft, I dipped the wine stem into the chalkboard paint ... but it was an epic fail. There is too much paint, which has to run somewhere... either down onto the paper you're placing the glass on and then making removal of the dried glass exceptionally messy, or straight onto the glass if it's upside down. Either way, lesson learnt! Apply one thin layer after another, as the paint dries. I do one above and dry upside down. Then I flip the glass over and paint the base. This way there is uniform coverage.
Once you're done. remove the tape and get some wine in it !!! And remember to write your name on your base.
Cheers! Now there are no excuses for stealing anyone else's sips!
Hand wash these lovelies, because the paint will eventually peel off in the dishwasher. Learnt that lesson too.
Create. Enjoy. Repeat.
THREE & ME