Or mugs, dishes, or vases — anything ceramic or glass. But I went with trophies.
glass paint or all-purpose craft paint (I like Martha Stewart’s line)
stencil brush or paint dauber
adhesive vinyl stencil
ceramic trophies (or whatever you’d like to paint)
I designed my stencil in Adobe Illustrator and then used my Silhouette cutting machine on vinyl. There are pre-made adhesive stencils in craft stores, and plenty of sellers on Etsy willing to make one for you. You can also cut one out of contact paper with an X-acto knife.
After you’ve affixed your stencil (as smooth as you can get it around the important detailed bits), you can dab the paint on thinly with a dauber. Peel the stencil off before the paint dries. If you have difficult to reach portions (like the inner triangle of my capital ‘A’, for example), you can use a pin to lift up a corner so you don’t ruin the paint by trying to do it with your fingers.
The glass paint that I used will cure in twenty-one days if air-drying, or it can be oven-baked at 350°F for 30 minutes, and it will be dishwasher-safe once cured. I tend to go light on my DIY instructions (you’re all smart cookies), but if you want a more detailed tutorial, I found this project by searching Pinterest.
The trophies are cute when empty, but I like them as vases and plant pots.
Staci @ My Friend StaciOctober 25, 2012 at 2:42 pm
Very cute! Would make sweet sophisticated party favors.
Heather / It's So SuburbanOctober 25, 2012 at 2:47 pm
Cute! I just saw some of those trophies on clearance at Target yesterday!
DanielleOctober 25, 2012 at 3:02 pm
What a cute idea!
EmilyOctober 25, 2012 at 3:40 pm
Very cute! I picked up the small and medium trophies on clearance a few days ago and may need to go back for a large and another small now…I want to have a papa bear, mama bear and 2 baby bears too! :) I’ve been wondering what to do with them and didn’t want to “waste” them being used as pen cups or a place to throw loose change on my husband’s dresser…this gives me a good idea!
Caitlin @ Desert DomicileOctober 25, 2012 at 3:44 pm
Very cute! I picked up a big and medium vase at Target a few weeks ago (they’re sold out by me now) but I noticed that they still have the small ones and they’re on clearance! I see a project in my future :)
eskimo*roseOctober 25, 2012 at 5:07 pm
irisOctober 25, 2012 at 5:41 pm
I want to tray it!!! They would be great for a center piece in a party!!
MeganOctober 25, 2012 at 8:47 pm
I love it! I’ve been looking for something like this to personalize holiday gifts…This is prefect!
LeeLeeOctober 26, 2012 at 3:39 am
Great concept. I will be giving this DIY a try. Thanks for sharing.
elizabethOctober 26, 2012 at 7:07 am
You have just given me ideas for Christmas presents. Thank you!!
SharonOctober 26, 2012 at 4:41 pm
Thanks! I was actually just wondering yesterday how to do this :) Have a great weekend!
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