I’m so excited to share today’s yummy DIY with you!!! Chalkboard martini glasses! I love a great drink, especially at christmas time! “Who’s glass is this?? Did you have ‘santa’ or did you have the ‘ornament’??” Does your family use wine glass charms like my family?? Even when you have a glass charm my biggest pet peeve is the charm falling back down to the base of the glass after I’ve taken a big sip. “CLINK!” No longer is any of this an issue – pick out a color of chalk and write your name on your glass!

Using Martha Stewarts fantastic new line of craft paint, I created these special glasses that can be completely personalized and used over and over again!

DIY - Chalkboard Paint on the base of Martini Glasses - SomethingTurquoise.com

Supplies: Martini Glasses (or wine, or champagne… etc.) – mine are from Pier One, Martha Stewart Chalkboard Craft Paint – available in four colors, chalk, cardboard, rubbing alcohol, paint brush, Exact0 knife, Martha Stewart stencil tape, thumb tacks, a dish for paint, and a pencil.

DIY - Chalkboard Paint on the base of Martini Glasses - SomethingTurquoise.com

First, we will start by creating a ‘drying’ base for your glasses. Draw the shape of the base of your glass onto your piece of cardboard, always keep scrap cardboard!

DIY - Chalkboard Paint on the base of Martini Glasses - SomethingTurquoise.com

Then insert four to five thumb tacks through the drawn circle shapes. This creates an elevated space where your glasses can dry safely.

DIY - Chalkboard Paint on the base of Martini Glasses - SomethingTurquoise.com

Now, the painting of the glasses. Start by cleaning the area that you will be painting with rubbing alcohol. Make sure that before you start taping or painting that the alcohol is completely dry.

DIY - Chalkboard Paint on the base of Martini Glasses - SomethingTurquoise.com

Now, tape off the base of your glass… wherever you want the paint to end.

DIY - Chalkboard Paint on the base of Martini Glasses - SomethingTurquoise.com

Start painting! Thin, even coats of paint works best for this project. You want to create a smooth area for writing.  For this example, with the green chalkboard paint – I ended up being the happiest with four coats of paint. Different color paints might need more or less coats of paint.

DIY chalkboard martini glasses! Write your name and take a sip! www.SomethingTurquoise.com

I wanted no paint on the rim of my glass, so I carefully wiped off any excess – after every single coat.

DIY - Chalkboard Paint on the base of Martini Glasses - SomethingTurquoise.com

Then set my glasses onto my drying base and let dry at least one hour in between each coat of paint. While not using your paint, store it inside a ziplock style bag so that it doesn’t dry out. Also make sure to clean your brush in between each coat of paint.

DIY - Chalkboard Paint on the base of Martini Glasses - SomethingTurquoise.com

Coat number two! Three… and four!

DIY - Chalkboard Paint on the base of Martini Glasses - SomethingTurquoise.com

When all coats are finished and you are happy with the coverage of paint, carefully remove the tape. I found it easy to run an Exacto knife along the tape line to loosen the paint from the tape. Some people prefer to remove the tape when the paint is still wet, but because this project required multiple coats – that wasn’t possible. If any paint bits are sticking up or leaked under the tape, gently scrape it off with your fingernail.

DIY - Chalkboard Paint on the base of Martini Glasses - SomethingTurquoise.com

Oven Cure your glasses! Very important! Place your glasses in the oven while it is cold and close the door. Turn the oven on, set it to 350* and set your timer for 30 minutes. At 30 minutes turn the oven off and let the oven and the glasses cool down completely. Don’t use or wash for 72 hours. After that, this project is top-shelf dishwasher safe! The other curing method is to let your project air dry for 21 days, I don’t recommend the air-cure method for glassware projects – especially this one!

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While your glasses are curing, you can make a candy cane garnish for your martini! Put 8 – 10 candy canes in a Ziplock freezer bag, take them outside and crush them up by hitting them repeatedly with a wooden spoon on concrete. I am sure there are plenty of other ways to crush candy canes, putting them in the food processor probably works great… but I didn’t want to clean up that mess. Crush your canes how ever you would like…

DIY chalkboard paint on Martini Glasses! SomethingTurquoise.com

Pour them onto a small plate, or if you are fancy – into a special dish like this.

DIY chalkboard paint on Martini Glasses! SomethingTurquoise.com

Once your glasses are cured you will need to prime your chalkboard base by drawing all over it with white chalk, then rubbing it around, and wiping it off. This deposits a much needed ‘dust’ to the chalkboard – the special grit that you need to be able to write properly.

DIY chalkboard paint on Martini Glasses! SomethingTurquoise.com

I found that colored chalk writes best if the edges are worn down a bit, so prime your desired colors of chalk by rubbing the entire edge across paper.

DIY chalkboard paint on Martini Glasses! SomethingTurquoise.com

Now your ready to write – grab your favorite color and draw! Certain colors of chalk wipe off easier than others, more difficult colors require a little soap and water to remove.

DIY chalkboard martini glasses! Write your name and take a sip! www.SomethingTurquoise.com

There are many ways to wet the rim of a glass… in water like this, with a sponge, or by wiping the edge with a slice of fruit. Here I dip my glass in the water, let it run off and then dip in my candy cane garnish.

DIY chalkboard paint on Martini Glasses! SomethingTurquoise.com

DIY chalkboard paint on Martini Glasses! SomethingTurquoise.com

Fill with your favorite holiday martini and enjoy!

DIY chalkboard paint on Martini Glasses! SomethingTurquoise.comDIY chalkboard martini glasses! Write your name and take a sip! www.SomethingTurquoise.com

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photography: Studio 11 / diy: Jen | Something Turquoise / Martini Glasses and silver place mat: Pier One / Martha Stewart Chalkboard Paint, paint brush, stencil tape: Michaels / Nails: Sally Hansen Salon Effects stickers and Turquoise and Caicos by Essie (yes – I had to shoot this two different days – thats why I have two different nail polish colors!)


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CoutureEventsByLottie
December 9, 2011

Reblogged this on Hello beautiful..

carole
December 13, 2011

Simply excellent. l LOVE it!!!

Emily
December 14, 2011

Do the glasses need to be especially nice for them to not break in the oven? I was considering buying some cheap ones from IKEA and testing this out but am worried that they will break while I am curing them.

    Jen | SomethingTurquoise
    December 14, 2011

    Hi Emily! I don't think that the glasses need to be anything special. I bought these from Pier One for $4 each... and in my champagne glass tutorial I used Ikea glasses and Michaels glasses, each for under $1 - and each baked perfectly. If you are nervous, try a test round in the oven before painting.

Stephanie
August 10, 2012

HI! LOVE, LOVE this idea. I am trying to do this with wine glasses, I just have a question though. Is this particular kind of paint made to be cured in the oven? I am worried it might bubble the paint or crack the glass. Any input would be appreciated!! Thanks ;)

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    August 11, 2012

    Hi Stephanie! Yes! Of course, this paint is made for oven curing! No bubbling or cracking, promise! Read the tutorial instructions for more detailed information :)

Stephanie
August 14, 2012

Thanks for your quick response! Now I am wondering why you need the stand?? The bottoms of the glasses are not painted, are they?

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    August 17, 2012

    Hi Stephanie. If by stand you mean the thumbtacks pressed through the cardboard - it's so that when your paint dries you aren't peeling the glasses from the cardboard. This paint can be fragile and it takes a few coats so you don't want it sticking to the base that it is drying on, otherwise you might peel the paint and or some cardboard with it :)

Micaela
October 2, 2012

I just stumbled across these today and they are so adorable! I was hoping to do some last minute crafting for my friend's bachelorette party this friday. Do you think it is possible to use these if they are not cured for a full 72 hrs?

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    October 3, 2012

    Hi Micaela! Go for it, I'm sure they will be ok. I would just be careful during washing and don't put them in the dishwasher until fully cured. The chalkboard might not be as firm, but who cares - they will mostly be for the party right!?

Luna
October 8, 2012

Do you think the technique/paint would also work on ceramic mugs?

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    October 10, 2012

    Hi Luna, the Martha Stewart Chalkboard paint is meant for many different surfaces including ceramic. Try it out and let us know how it goes!

Carol D Johnson
November 3, 2012

BEAUTIFUL!

Rachel W.
November 13, 2012

We're wanting to do a project like this for our staff at work this Christmas, but I'd hate to see them get ruined as soon as I send it home as a gift. I've seen several blogs that have said that using the Martha Stewart paint is not dishwasher safe and it will peel off even after it's baked. I couldn't find any instructions on the paint bottle itself. about baking and dishwashing the paint. How have your glasses held up over time? Would you recommend this as an employee gift?

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    November 13, 2012

    Hi Rachel! Unfortunately for me, I don't have a dishwasher and so I am forced to wash my glasses by hand - and I am careful - so mine have held up wonderfully. To have success with this paint you must apply it after the surface has been cleaned with alcohol, apply it in thin coats and let it dry an hour in between each coat and then cure it - either by air or oven. The bottles have the link to Plaid with more information on oven curing and that is where my tutorial information is from. The bottle does say if 'air cured' - meaning let to dry for 21 days, the paint is top shelf dishwasher safe. If you follow the steps correctly and don't cut corners your gifts should turn out wonderfully. You can always make one or two, oven cure them, and then put them through the dishwasher to see what happens. Hope this helps.

Michelle Denslow
December 16, 2012

Hi! I love this idea, its been all over pinterest and ive wanted to make these for Christmas gifts. I used wine glasses and martini glasses. I used 3 coats of the black Martha Stewart chalkboard paint. (I think) And I used your curing instructions at 350 degrees for 30 minutes and the paint bubbled. It had been dried for a day or two before I put them in the oven. What do you think happened? Had this ever happened to you? Well...luckily I only put the wine glasses in the oven!

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    December 16, 2012

    Hi Michelle! Yieks! I've oven cured TONS of projects with the Martha Stewart Paint and it has never bubbled - nor has anyone left a comment saying that it has. Are you positive it was MS Craft Paint?

Kadeem
December 22, 2012

I am going to do this with mugs. I was wondering how is the paint on the glasses holding up now. I was discouraged when the staff at my local daft store suggested not using the Martha Stewart paint because it may wash off. What do you think?

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    December 24, 2012

    Hi Kadeem. If the tutorial directions are followed, the Martha Stewart Craft Paint will definitely not wash off.

Amy
July 28, 2013

Hey! I love this idea! I'm actually doing it now for a bridal shower! How thin we're your coats? I'm doing black. And in order to get the first coat smooth its suuuuper thing! Just curious HOW thin your layers were! Thanks!!

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    July 28, 2013

    Hi Amy! Are you saying your coats seem to be really thick? If you are using the MSC paint - it shouldn't be terribly thick. The thicker the coat the longer you'll need to let them dry in between - but if you have the time, it's no big deal. And the smoother the better! :)

      Amy
      July 28, 2013

      Oops! It was supposed to say thin! My first coat is so so thin! I'm hoping my next coat will go on a little thicker! It's so thin right now. It would literally need like 20 coats! I wonder if its because its black!

      Jen | Something Turquoise
      July 28, 2013

      It sounds a little strange that it went on that thin. Did you give the paint bottle a really good shake? Good luck!

Amy
July 29, 2013

Oh I shook it! So last night I did two thin coats. Then just now I tried for another and it cracked!!!

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    July 29, 2013

    Are you using Martha Stewart Crafts chalkboard paint??

      Amy
      July 29, 2013

      Yes ma'am!! I don't get it!! :(

      Jen | Something Turquoise
      July 30, 2013

      Amy!!!! Simple! It's OLD!!! Return it and buy fresh!!! MSC paint should never do that!!!