Nightcap Anyone?

Every year for the past 9 years our girlfriends get together for a “White Elephant Gift Exchange” – we each bring something to eat, a bottle of wine, and a gift to exchange. Needless to say, every year it is a blast! (I can’t believe we have kept the tradition going for 9 years – time flies when you are having fun!)

This year, I had my heart set on bringing wine or cocktail glasses embellished with festive metallic touches. (I’m not sure why, it was just what I envisioned giving.) Unfortunately, despite my best efforts, I could not find exactly what I had in mind, so I decided I would take a shot at making some on my own. Ready to hear about my adventure?
























Ok, let the fun begin!

First, I needed to find the right glasses and of course I found some gorgeous ones at my favorite store: Homegoods. They were a perfect versatile combination of a stemless wine glass and a low-ball glass. At first, I thought they weren’t going to work because there were only three on the shelf and my plan was to give four glasses along with a bottle of wine. However, I was in love, and determined, so the trio rattled around in my cart as I hunted for their long lost sister.

I circled and circled the store with an eagle sharp eye, but came up empty handed. After several laps, I pushed my cart back to the shelf where I originally found the glasses, about to accept defeat, when I saw that four more had magically appeared in the empty space on the shelf. It was meant to be! I could not believe my luck and even tracked down the employee who had checked in the back of the store for more to share my victory. (I doubt she really cared, but I was excited and needed to share with someone!) Now I had four to give away and three to use as test glasses (err, three to keep for myself – the glasses are perfect for wine, Bailey’s, or any other cocktail of your choice).

Next, I used Google to determine what kind of paint to use on the glasses and came across a great post by Cyndy from The Creativity Exchange where shared her success using Testors Model Enamel Paint – thanks Cyndy! I knew I wanted to mix metallic colors, so I picked up some gold and silver from the craft store.

Lastly, I wiped the glasses down with some rubbing alcohol to ensure I had a clean surface and got to painting. Using a firm, small tipped paint brush I simply dotted paint on the bottom half of the glasses to create a confetti look. I first dotted gold paint, then I dotted silver, then I dotted a little more gold, and then a little more silver. I just dotted away until my heart was content and I was satisfied with the result.

Simple, easy, and fun! The best part about this project was the versatility – you could paint any glasses, in any color, and in any design your heart desires. What a great way to spice up those boring glasses sitting in the back of your cabinet that you never use anymore!



Are you giving any handmade gifts this year? If so, I would love to hear about them!

Wishing you holiday cheer,






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2 Responses to “Nightcap Anyone?”

  1. One glass for you and one for me right?! LOL

    These are lovely glasses. They look really high end. An impressive DIY!



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