Of course, I had to use Google to double-check that I'd spelled "carafe" correctly and of course, I felt like the smartest person alive when it turned out that I HAD. Probably I should be awarded a PhD immediately.
One of my goals this year is to make the holidays fun for Ella (and for the whole family), and, for me, part of holiday celebrations is decorations. I am not a knick-knack kind of person at all, but I really like having a few fun things for each major holiday.
Also, I really enjoy the food part of most holidays, so decorations that are food-centric? Ideal.
And I've discovered that glass painting is pretty much no-talent needed project but quite impressive, which is just my speed. I spent two lovely afternoon naptimes sitting on my patio, listening to an audiobook and feeling very able.
- Glass Carafe (I bought mine for $1.99 at Goodwill)
- Opaque Glass Paint (I used Martha Stewart Crafts Metallic Black Nickel and White)
- Martha Stewart Glass Spray Paint Kit
- Alphabet Stencils
- Small paintbrushes
So I started with this. Boring. But cheap. Also thoroughly washed and sanitized in my dishwasher because, I have to admit, thrift stores give me the heebie-jeebies.
Three coats of metallic black paint later:
I know. Your envy for my
craft room patio is overwhelming. Someday you too might be the proud renter of a six foot cement square with a parking lot view.
I originally tried using a roller to put the paint on this and it was not a pretty sight - the texture wasn't as smooth as I wanted and it took forever (but happily, it washed right off with soap and water, so I just started over).
The spray paint kit, where you just mix your paint with some spray paint medium, was a MUCH better route. Not only did it look much better, but it used a fraction of the paint (I thought I was pretty conservative with how much paint/medium I mixed up and I still only used just over half of it).
I did a little too thick of a coat the first time around and the paint ran quite a bit, so I smoothed it out with a cotton ball and went a little lighter for the next two coats. I used my blow dryer to help the paint set quickly after each coat so it wouldn't run - I highly recommend this technique.
Also, it's been forever since I used spray paint. This stuff is fun!
I let it dry overnight (although this was mainly because I'm lazy, not because it needed nearly that long to set) and then I found a little ghost silhouette on the internet and printed it out.
I cut it out and traced around it with a pencil on the carafe (it was HARD to see the pencil - a wax pencil would probably have been way better, but I don't own a wax pencil).
Once it was dry, I used a tiny paintbrush and some more black paint to give the ghost eyes and a mouth.
And then on the opposite side, I used the stencils to write "Boo."
A quick bake in the oven and you're done! I think it took me twice as long to write this all out as it did to actually make it.
Pinterest would have you think.
I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid Martha Stewart Glass Paint and Blueprint Social, but I designed my own project and all opinions are my own.