Handmade Holidays: DIY Tableware


 Are you all enjoying the Handmade Holidays series?  I wanted to share with you another budget-friendly idea I came up with, and this one can be used all winter long!  Here’s how to make your own beautiful and totally cheap holiday dinnerware!

Martha Stewart glass paint in your desired color{s}  Make sure you get opaque paint rather than translucent if you want it to show up really well.  If you want an etched look, I recommend Frost Translucent.

- paintbrushes/squeegies
- Martha Stewart adhesive stencils and/or silkscreens
- glassware
Let me talk for just a second about the glassware…you can find all kinds of things really reasonably priced at Walmart, Target, or the Dollar Store.  I found glasses for 50 cents or a dollar a piece, depending on the style, and these square plates for $1 as well.  I got salt and pepper shakers for less than a dollar at Walmart, as well as a glass jar and a few other glass items.
I’m going to walk you through how I made the plates first, then show you a few other options.

 STEP 1: Clean your glass surface with rubbing alcohol.
STEP 2: Place your adhesive silkscreen in the center of the plate on the bottom side.
This glass paint is non-toxic, but not officially food safe, so make sure all of your stenciling goes on the bottom of your plates and the outside of your glasses with a 0.8″ space from the rim of the glass to the design.

STEP 3: Use squeegie to apply glass paint to silkscreen.  Pull image off while the paint is still wet.

STEP 4: Use adhesive stencils and glass paint to stencil a snowflake in each corner and polkadot/snowball pattern along each edge. 

Finished pieces will air-cure in 21 days, or you can bake them in a 350 degree {F} oven for 30 minutes.  Don’t preheat the oven, let the glassware heat gradually and then let it cool in the oven too so it doesn’t crack.
Here’s a look at a coordinating glass.  To make these, I used a smaller silkscreen from the same pack as the larger one and stenciled it four times around the glass.  You could also just do a single snowflake, or snowflakes all over! 
 And here are my bargain salt and pepper shakers!  I stenciled the S and P first, then used small snowflake stencils in translucent frost, metallic gold, and silver paint all over the rest of the surface.

They look so festive on the table, and I can keep them out until winter weather {finally} goes away in March!

All three of these projects were super-easy to make and didn’t really take much time at all.  The glassware, since it was just plain and clear, was really affordable, so I found this to be a much cheaper way to get some new holiday tableware.  Plus, it’s exactly what I want since I designed it myself!  I love things that are elegant and wintery looking this time of year!  What kind of holiday tableware do you like best?

Love and Glitter,

PS: Just four more days until my BIG BIRTHDAY BASH with THREE huge giveaway packages!


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7 comments on Handmade Holidays: DIY Tableware

  1. Melissa
    December 10, 2012 at 3:06 PM (3 years ago)

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Crystal
    December 11, 2012 at 3:09 AM (3 years ago)

    Love it!!! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. kristina
    December 11, 2012 at 12:30 PM (3 years ago)

    Great idea, my mom would love this!

  4. Erin
    December 12, 2012 at 5:56 PM (3 years ago)

    Beautiful. I especially love the glasses!


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