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!

 
Materials:
 
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 (1 year ago)

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Crystal
    December 11, 2012 at 3:09 AM (1 year ago)

    Love it!!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  3. kristina
    December 11, 2012 at 12:30 PM (1 year ago)

    Great idea, my mom would love this!

    Reply
  4. Erin
    December 12, 2012 at 5:56 PM (1 year ago)

    Beautiful. I especially love the glasses!

    Reply

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