February 22, 2013

Hoooray!!!! It’s the best day of the week… DIY Friday! I have a fabulous project to share with you today! It’s a spin-off of our extremely popular ‘Glam Champagne Glass‘ tutorial… the painted stemless wine glass! Perfect for the new Mr & Mrs… wonderful as bridesmaid gifts… or just all around darling for your home… what color will you paint yours?

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SUPPLIES // Connoisseur style stemless wine glasses from Cost Plus World Market (only $6 each!), Martha Stewart Crafts paint in your choice of colors, paint pouncer sponges, paintbrush, rubbing alcohol and a plastic baggie.

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The ‘connoisseur’ style glass has this special double walled base which will beautifully reflect the design you choose to paint on the bottom of your glass. You can definitely do this with regular stemless wine glasses – these will just give your design a little something extra.

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Make sure to clean the area of your glass that you will be painting with rubbing alcohol.

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Start painting your glass! Using the Martha Stewart Crafts pouncer paint sponges is a very easy way to evenly paint the bottom of these glasses. When you use the ‘pouncing’ or ‘dabbing’ motion it leaves a soft texture, unlike using a paintbrush that will leave lines. Paint thin coats with an hour of dry time in between each coat, until you are happy with the coverage. I did 4 thin coats of the Florentine Gold glitter paint on this glass below.

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Instead of wasting time and paint, store your pouncer in a ziplock bag between each coat.

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If you feel like some of the paint is feathering beyond the edge of the glass base, just wipe it away before it has a chance to dry.

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Four thin coats of Florentine Gold created terrific glitter coverage!

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Painting these glasses in any solid color or set of colors would be just beautiful. This glass below was three thin coats of Raspberry Ice paint.

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If you will be personalizing your glasses, you will first need to paint your letters backwards – that is if you want to read them while drinking! I used a Sharpie to draw my words first.

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Using a very tiny paint brush, carefully paint your personalization. For these I used Beetle Black paint and I only needed one coat, but on other designs I did – I used Wedding Cake White and needed two coats. Again, coverage is up to you.

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If your painted design isn’t perfect, scratch or wipe the imperfections away before it dries. Let the first coat dry at least an hour before proceeding to the next coat of paint.

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Now using the same steps as the glittered glass above, paint the colored layer on top of the design layer. I did three coats of the colored layer in all three designs below.

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Three coats of Spring Pasture green…

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Three coats of Chamomile yellow…

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Three coats of Lake Fog… as you can see any design will be just darling!

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HOW TO CURE MARTHA STEWART CRAFT PAINT

There are two ways to cure this paint, the air-dry method or the oven method. To air-cure, simply let the paint dry for 21 days. To oven-cure, place your glasses in a cool oven and set it to 350 degrees. Set a timer for 30 minutes, when the time is up turn off the oven and let your glasses cool down inside the oven to prevent cracking. *All glitter and metallic paints must only be air-cured! Once cured, these beautiful glasses will be top shelf dishwasher safe!!!

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Aren’t they just adorable!!??

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CRAFT TIP // To preserve the gorgeous paint, even after it has been cured – don’t let these glasses sit in a bowl or puddle of water in your sink for extended periods of time.

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As with all our DIY tutorials, if you create one of our projects please send us a picture or a trackback – We Love Seeing Your Creativity! If you use Instagram or Twitter please use the hashtag #SomethingTurquoiseDIY. Happy Crafting!

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Photography: Studio 11 Weddings // DIY tutorial by: Jen | Something Turquoise // Martha Stewart Craft Paints and pouncer sponges: Michaels // Connoisseur style stemless wine glasses: Cost Plus World Market // nail polish: Essie in Turquoise & Caicos and Mint Candy Apple

January 18, 2013

Of all the wedding DIY projects you can create… I think table numbers can be the most fun. Unlike seating cards and favors… table numbers can be a quick and inexpensive project because usually you aren’t making more than 20. So here is a fun and glittery way to easily make your table numbers stand out!

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SUPPLIES // 8″ x 10″ value canvases (meaning the cheapest ones!), Mod Podge, Martha Stewart Craft Paint in Satin Finish, Martha Stewart Tinsel style glitter, wax paper, pencil, paint brush and a small paint roller.

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Start by painting your canvases. I’ve found that using this small Martha Stewart paint roller is much easier than using a brush – and the canvas will have a much smoother finish. I did two coats for each color.

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Using a pencil trace each table number onto your freshly painted canvases, after they’re dry of course!

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Using Mod Podge crafting glue, carefully paint your table number. Make sure there is an evenly heavy amount of glue creating the number – this is what will hold the glitter onto your canvas.

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As soon as you are done painting with the glue, add the glitter. Let it sit for a minute or so and then gently shake off. GLITTERING TIP // If there are areas where glitter is missing from your number – wait until the glue has dried to add more – if you don’t the paintbrush will pull extra glitter away with it!

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To add little polka dots, dip the end of your paint brush in the Mod Podge and pounce it onto your canvas. Pick up excess glitter and sprinkle over your polka dot glue!

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Gently shake off excess glitter…

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Once the glitter and glue has dried for at least an hour, take a soft bristle brush and gently brush away any excess glitter. TIP // I like the difference between the matte satin paint and the sparkly glitter – but if you’d like you can paint the entire canvas with the same Mod Podge Glue to seal the glitter and add an overall gloss finish to your canvas.

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So cute and SO easy… these will make terrific table numbers, perhaps a Mr & Mrs sign, maybe even your initials… or just a funky design!

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As with all our DIY tutorials, if you create one of our projects please send us a picture or a trackback – We Love Seeing Your Creativity! Happy Crafting!

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Photography: Studio 11 // DIY tutorial by: Jen | Something Turquoise // Martha Stewart Satin Craft Paints in Beach Glass, Wild Salmon, and Lake Fog, Martha Stewart Tinsel Glitter in Copper, Martha Stewart paint brush and roller, Mod Podge Glue, 8″ x 10″ ArtMinds Super Value Canvas Pack of 10, – all of these supplies were purchased at: Michaels

April 20, 2012

Happy DIY Friday! This project was originally created as a guest post for the terrific Sparkle & Hay. If you are planning a rustic, down to earth, outdoor, style wedding… these hand painted brick table numbers would be perfect {and ridiculously cheap} for your event! Customize with your wedding color and choose a glaze to fit your style… within an hour or so your table numbers will be done and completely adorable!

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Supplies: bricks – one for each table you have, Stucco Paint medium from Martha Stewart Craft Paints, your choice of paint color to match your wedding decor, felt – approximately one craft sheet per 4 bricks, E6000 glue, Mod Podge, scissors, paint brush, pencil, and a container to mix your stucco paint in.

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Start by tracing each table number onto each brick.

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Next, you will need to mix your choice of paint color with the stucco paint medium. Start by thoroughly mixing up the stucco medium, I used the end of my paint brush to do this. Then add some of the medium to a separate mixing container. My container is from Michaels, and what I like most is that it has a lid.

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Next add your choice of color. You only need a drop or two of paint for about a tablespoon of the stucco medium. Thoroughly mix the two together and clean the end of your brush.

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Now start painting your numbers on each brick. We will be painting three coats. If you are using a lighter color paint, don’t worry if the pencil line smudges with the paint, it will be completely covered by the third coat. Bricks absorb moisture very easily so your paint will dry quickly.

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Make sure to cover your mixed paint in between each coat so that it doesn’t dry up, this is why I used a container with a sealable lid. If you choose to use a small dish that has no lid, just place it into a zip lock bag and seal.

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Coat number two!

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Coat number three! By this coat you will have a nice thick texture formed with the layers of paint. That is what I loved about the stucco medium – it resembles the texture of a brick!

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In this example on the #7 brick I used Martha Stewart Craft Paint in ‘Deep Sea’. Here is where your wedding style can determine the rest of the project, for the #7 brick – I wanted to keep it rustic and chose not to seal it with Mod Podge.

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In this example, on brick #4 I used Martha Stewart Craft Paint in ‘Sea Glass’. Using the regular Mod Podge with gloss finish, I painted a thin layer all over the brick to give this version a more finished look. The picture below is actually the finished product.

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Gloss finish, yet still rustic. Only one thin coat necessary.

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Brick #21 however, is sealed with ‘Glitter’ Mod Podge for a fun rustic-glam look – this is my favorite! Same steps, apply a thin layer of ‘glitter’ Mod Podge to cover your brick. This paint color from Martha is called ‘Root Beer Float’.

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Below I am showing an option for finishing your project; applying felt to the bottom of your brick. This is definitely not necessary, but if these will be sitting on top of nice tablecloths or something even semi-delicate, you might want to consider this step. Bricks are actually very rough!

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Measure a rectangle of felt, roughly 1/2″ shorter than the dimensions of your brick. So that when the felt is glued to the bottom of your brick, it won’t be sticking out – we want no one to see this part! It is only for protection of the surface that your brick will be sitting on.

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Cut your rectangle out of the felt and using your E6000 glue apply a thin bead around the edge and a little in the middle. Firmly press your felt onto the bottom of your brick and stand right side up to dry. The weight of your brick will hold the felt snug while drying.

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As with all our DIY tutorials, if you create one of our projects please send us a picture or a trackback – We Love Seeing Your Creativity! If you use Instagram or Twitter please use the hashtag #SomethingTurquoiseDIY. Happy Crafting!

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photography: Studio 11 - my handsome hubby! / DIY: Jen | Something Turquoise / Martha Stewart Craft Paint and Stucco Medium: exclusively sold at Michaels / bricks: $0.45 at Lowe’s / Mod Podge, felt, scissors, E6000, paint brushes and paint container: all from Michaels / Nail Polish: turquoise + caicos from Essie  [this DIY project was created specifically for Sparkle & Hay ]

September 30, 2011

I love the new trend we have been seeing this season of ‘Here Comes The Bride’ signs being carried down the isle by ring bearers and flower girls. I think it is adorable… and I have seen so many different kinds. Here is a cute and easy way to make your own:

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Anyone who knows me, knows that I am obsessed with Martha Stewart… and I am so in love with her new line of craft paints. I was actually fortunate enough to win a contest on her craft blog where I was awarded a whole box, full of this fun new line. So playing around I came up with this idea: a chalkboard Here Comes the Bride Sign, with a handle for your ring bearer or flower girl to hold onto.

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Supplies:

  • 11″ x 14″ piece of finished wood from Michaels
  • Martha Stewart Chalkboard Craft Paint in Gray available exclusively at Michaels
  • foam paint brush
  • my favorite glue E6000
  • cheap drawer pull from Lowe’s 
  • chalk or chalk pen

Start by painting the front side of your choice of wood.

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This paint requires two fully saturated coats. With at least one hour of drying time in between each coat. This paint is not washable once dry, so make sure you are painting on a protected surface and that you are wearing clothes you don’t care about.

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After your two coats are fully dry, glue the drawer pull onto the back of the wood. Depending on the wood you choose, pick a spot for your handle that will be easiest for your little attendant to carry it down the isle. I laid the drawer pull on the wood to measure where I should put the glue. Use a generous amount of glue, we want the glue to spill out into the holes to make a nice seal.

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Push down and hold for about a minute. This glue requires 24 hours of drying time for a hard seal.

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Once the glue on the handle is dry, paint the backside of your wood. This is only to make the project look finished, I did not do two coats of paint because I’m not going to write on the backside.

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If need be, use a smaller brush to get into all the corners. I love how the wood grain shows through.

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Next, prime your new chalkboard for writing. Drag the side of a piece of chalk the length of your board, all over the board.

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Then wipe it clean with a dry towel. This adds a needed dust to the surface of the board.

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Now write ‘here comes the bride‘! What I love about this being a chalkboard is that if you mess up, you can just erase it! That’s it, you’re done. A completely personal (and easy) ‘here comes the bride’ sign.

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Dear ST readers: If you make a project from any of my DIY’s, please send me a picture… I would LOVE to see your creations!

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{DIY credits} photography, as always: Studio 11, DIY: Jen | SomethingTurquoise

August 26, 2011

Being that I am obsessed with Martha Stewart… as soon as her new line of craft paints came out – I had to play with them!!! Today I have two versions of this DIY, hand painted glass jars and hand painted wine glasses! I would LOVE to start posting pictures of actual Something Turquoise readers DIY projects that they have created off my posts. So crafters! If you create one of my projects… please send me a few pictures – I would love to post them!!!

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Start with your favorite color of Martha Stewarts new yummy craft paint by Plaid {sold exclusively at Michaels Craft Stores}. Mine is ‘Beach Glass’. In this DIY any glass jar will do… as long as it is clean.

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So I am bending the rules a little with my choice of paint in this first example. The big draw with Martha’s new paint is that it is truly multi-purpose – it works on any surface. For glass, you start by cleaning it with alcohol, then once painted and cured (either air cured or oven cured) it is permanent and can even be put on the top shelf of the dishwasher. In this example, because I am mixing Martha’s paint with non-Martha paint – it will not be permanent and not dishwasher safe. But, I will not be dishwashing these or keeping them long term… they are just for decorating short term – so that’s why I can get away with it. I chose to mix ‘beach glass’ with white paint because I wanted a lighter color. In the two jars below I used only white and ‘beach glass’. The third jar in the picture above was mixed with white and ‘surf’. I wanted the look of milk glass and I felt the full strength of the paint was too vibrant.

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Using a regular old paint brush I mixed my paint inside the jar and stroke by stroke covered the inside. Some colors may require a second coat of paint. Make sure to wipe the edges of your glass clean. Be aware if there are imperfections or seams in your glass you will see it in the paint.

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Working on the second jar using the same steps. This jar had a much smaller mouth so it was a little messy and it took more time to paint. Again, the third jar below was painted using white and ‘surf’.

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Because this paint was mixed, like I said, with non-Martha paint – it dried in like an hour. If this was strictly Martha’s new craft paint, these glass jars would need to cure for 21 days.

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DIY: painted wine glasses

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Have any wine glasses in your cupboard that aren’t exactly your style? I did. Re-purpose them with Martha’s new line of multi-surface craft paint. Using the beautiful color ‘beach glass’ – I am now in love with these wine glasses!

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Starting off by cleaning my Lenox wine glasses with alcohol, I prepared them for painting. Using a large dollop of full strength high gloss paint and a regular old paint brush, I transformed these semi-borring glasses.

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These definitely required two coats of paint – which must be applied at least an hour apart. Make sure to quickly clean all your edges. *Although these wine glasses are now gorgeous – they are not for drinking out of! Your food and drink shouldn’t touch any area that you have painted. These wine glasses are purely decor. Good luck with your glass painting and remember to send me pictures of your versions of this project!

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As with all our DIY tutorials, if you create one of our projects please send us a picture or a trackback – We Love Seeing Your Creativity! If you use Instagram or Twitter please use the hashtag #SomethingTurquoiseDIY. Happy Crafting!

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Photography: Studio 11 Weddings // DIY tutorial by: Jen | Something Turquoise // new Martha Stewart Craft Paints are available at: Michaels // nail polish: Sally Hansen Salon Effects gold stickers