DIY – Personalized Party Glasses

This weekend I had a great time at a Bachelorette party for one of my best friends.  When getting things together for the party, I decided it would be fun for us to have personalized glasses.  Even though we don’t drink alcohol, no one can resist a cute glass that has their name on it right? lol While you can buy decorated glasses at almost any store that sells party stuff, it was much more affordable to make them myself, not to mention more fun!  In order to make the glasses I did as follows:

1.       1 – Purchase your glasses – I purchased my glasses from the Dollar Tree and chose to use martini glasses.  You can do this with any type of glasses though.

2.      2 –  Find a pen – You can use a paint pen, paint or even permanent markers to write on the glass. Since I did not have a paint pen I simply used a permanent marker.  A permanent marker should stay on the glass as long as you don’t scrub with soap and water or use any type of solvent (such as Acetone or rubbing alcohol).

3.      3 –  Decide what you want to write on the glasses – Since this was for a bachelorette party, I decided to just write our names on the glasses but the possibilities are endless!  Have fun with it!

4.      4 –  Writing on glass – There are a couple of options here: you can either write on the outside of the glass or write the words backwards on the outside of the glass so that you will be able to read it while drinking out of it.  For our glasses, I wanted us to be able to read our names when drinking out of them.   In order to do that, I wrote our names on a piece of paper, cut it down to size and taped it on the inside of the glass.  To make it easier, I made sure that the paper I used was thin enough that I could read the backside of each name on the outside of the glass.  Using a permanent marker, I then traced the names on the outside of each glass.  Thankfully, permanent markers dry pretty fast so I never had to worry about smudging!  *TIP – if you flub up or smudge the ink on the glass just use Acetone (nail polish remover) to easily erase the mistakes!

5.       5 – Decorations – To glam up our glasses I decided to purchase and use some jewels and butterflies.  To glue on the jewels I used Crazy Glue which did a great job. *TIP – I found that it was easier to apply the glue straight to the glass rather than to the crystal, especially when gluing them at the base of the glass.  This will help you to place the crystals exactly where you want them while avoiding gluing your fingers together! 

6.      6 –  Let it dry – Be sure to give adequate drying time before use.  I made sure to make our glasses 24hrs before use just to be on the safe side.

7.       7 – Enjoy! – These glasses can be a great gift or just a little addition to make a moment extra special!  *TIP – based on what paint and decorations you use, glasses may not be dishwasher safe.  You should, however, be able to wash by hand with most paints and decorations.

Before

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After

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Tips from grandmas

Here are some tips that I have collected from my two grandmothers!  Because as we all know, grandmas give the best advice!…

Cleaning tips using regular household items:

 

1.       Rubbing alcohol, which is very reasonably priced and available at drug stores or grocery stores, cleans your chrome faucets to a sparkling shine. It is also an excellent eyeglass cleaner.

2.       Did you know you can remove a wine stain from your clothing by pouring a little white vinegar on a sponge and dabbing the stain?

3.       White vinegar is also good for cleaning your stainless steel appliances.  Just take a soft cloth, pour on a little white vinegar, and wipe down your appliances.  Easy as that, your stainless steel surfaces will look sparkly clean!

4.       Completely line a plastic tub in the sink with aluminum foil.   Fill with water and add water softener tablets.  When the tablets have completely dissolved, dip your tarnished sterling silver pieces in to remove any tarnish.  They will look brand new!

5.       Get a spray mop, fill the container with 2/3 water and 1/3 white vinegar.  Spray and mop surfaces such as laminate, ceramic tile, and linoleum.

6.       Place toothpaste on your brush, dab in baking soda, and brush your teeth.  Will make your teeth feel fresh and clean!

7.       To clean jewelry: take small amount of toothpaste on a brush, wet the brush, scrub the jewelry and rinse off.

Personal care tips:

1.       If you run out of blush and don’t have time to run to the store, just dab a little of your pink or peach lipstick on your cheeks and smooth it in and you’re good to go.

2.       Don’t like your make-up remover?  Here’s an affordable substitute you can try for your eyes: next time you go to take off your eye make-up (mascara, eye liner, eye shadow) use baby oil.  Take a paper towel or rag, pour out some baby oil and (be sure to close your eyes first!) rub the baby oil on your eyes in a circular motion.  Continue until all make-up is removed from your eyelids.