Show Your Spirit With Easy Hand-Painted Glasses!

Hi, there, my faithful Bulldog friends! This past weekend, with no game to watch, I was feeling a little lonely and lost. I decided to get my creative juices flowing, and create something in honor of the Bulldogs… Something I could use next game, as well as share with my friends.

I’m sure all of you have seen those ridiculously cute wine and martini glasses on store shelves, painted for every possible occasion. They are very easy to recreate at home, with the entire price of supplies coming out to be less expensive than what you could buy it for. So, let’s get started! Here’s what you’ll need:

Glasses and/or high-quality acrylic tumblers; ENAMEL paint; enamel paint thinner; fine-tip soft brushes; paper towels; isopropyl alcohol; x-acto knife; logos/images.

Next order of business—If you re-purpose glass containers like I did, you’ll need to entirely remove the labels with warm water and soap, or a product called GooGone, if needed. Once clean, rub the entire outer surface with alcohol to make sure the paint adheres correctly.

You’ll notice that I have several different colors of paint. This is because Hobby Lobby didn’t have ‘maroon’ paint. I had to end up making a mixture of Dark Red, Purple, Black. I also got Gray, and White. It is a very delicate balance of mixing to achieve the correct color of maroon. And I’ll say, I’m not sure if I ever got the mixture completely right, but I think most look pretty spot on. However, each time I mixed, the color was a little brighter or darker for that reason.

I painted the middle bottle first. It was very simple lettering, and a few paw prints on the other side. Cute!! Since I considered that one a ‘success’, I moved on to the right bottle. Since I still had over half of the paint left (I told you that a little goes a very long way…) I painted one side with ‘Bulldogs!’; I then decided to open the white and attempt to make the MState logo. I managed to freehand well, but I learned a lesson really fast:

That’s why I’m not showing y’all the other side of the third bottle.. 

I still had a lot more maroon paint left, so I went on to a third bottle. The first one on the left. The back side says “Hail State!” in free hand, and I am impressed with the way it turned out. I let all these dry a complete day, then painted the bulldog on Sunday. For the bulldog, I painted the top of the face white, filled in the mouth part in gray, then carefully outlined his face in gray. I had to wait another 24 hours, then layered on the maroon. (this time I made the maroon mixture, it came out a much brighter, lighter shade) It was quite easy, or at least easier than I thought it would be. I just had to make sure I kept everything in the correct scale.

My last glass was an after-thought, because, once again, I had sooo much maroon paint left over from the bulldog face. I had a pickle jar that was clean and ready, so I came up with something (I thought) clever, and went for it. It reads, “May this glass never (ever) be less than HALF-FULL.” The other side reads, “refill line …… GO Dawgs!” (the refill line is of course slightly higher than the half way point, wink wink.)

So, there ya have it! My Saturday project– that turned into my Sunday and Monday project. It was so much fun to do, and the time just absolutely flies by.

In order to make these glasses usable, you must let them set for a recommended 3 weeks. You can also put them on a cookie sheet and place them in a COLD oven. Set the oven temp to 350, let it ‘cook’ for 30 minutes. Turn the oven off, but LEAVE THE GLASSES IN THE OVEN till they are cool. After that, they are good to use!! Enjoy!!!!
*handwashing is recommended, but you can also place them in the top rack of the dishwasher

So now you’ve got these adorable glasses. What do you do with them?? Welllll, how about: a vase for flowers; confetti container; fill them with those neon glow-in-the-dark necklaces the kids wear (makes a lantern); your favorite game day drink; utensils; fortune cookies; etc.

I hope you like these. I also hope you cheer on the Dawgs with your very own festive glasses for the rest of the season. Cheers!

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