No matter what your nationality St. Patrick's Day allows everyone to embrace the Irish heritage for a day. The day honors the patron saint of Ireland Saint Patrick, and is marked by the indulgence of food and drink. One time honored tradition is the drinking of Irish beer. This St. Patrick's Day why not make your own custom beer mugs. All you need is some glass paint and shamrock stencils which you can easily create yourself.
TO MAKE THIS YOU'll NEED:
- Glass Mugs
- Glass Paint in Green Frost
- Stencil Blanks
- Hearts (to trace)
- Alphabet Stencils
- craft knife, painters tape and cutting mat
*see bottom of page for detailed list
For the shamrocks you are going to need a heart shape which you can trace onto the stencil blank. I used this heart punch to make hearts out of cardstock. If you look at the photo below you can see how to approximately place the hearts on the stencil blank.
Using your craft knife cut out the hearts (carefully). Also, cut out a stem.
If you aren't using self-adhesive stencil blanks your going to have to coat the back with a 'repositionable' glue or tape or adhesive spray.
Using a foam pouncer daub on the paint in an up and down motion. You might want to blot the excess paint onto a paper towel before applying. Using the same technique for the letters. Once again if the letter stencils aren't self-adhesive you're going to want to coat the back so they lie flat against the curved glass. I used a removable adhesive roller If you don't usually make crafts simply ask one of the friendly associates in your favorite craft store to help find one.
I find it a good idea to keep a bowl of water near me so I can throw everything in before the paint dries. When your done painting and have peeled off the stencils wash everything well and wait about an hour for the paint to dry on the glass. You are now ready to 'cure' the paint onto the glass to make it permanent. I used Martha Stewart Crafts glass paints which when cured are dishwasher safe. OH BEFORE I FORGET... make sure the you leave 0.8" or 2cm between any paint and the top rim of the glass. That is the standard safety recommendation for ..... I guess you would call it 'lip to paint contact' ...
After curing the paint following these easy instructions you are finished! I chose to add an extra touch of glitter to the shamrocks. I'm not sure how well it will hold up to dish-washing but it looks nice for now.
You're all finished and ready to enjoy your beverage of choice in your newly created glass mugs.
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