Bubble Glasses {guest post}

Hey everybody! Season 14 of So You Think You’re Crafty is going to be fantastic. However, it won’t be starting until the New Year – we decided to let the crafters have a little break and family time too :) . But I have a great schedule of guest posts and shop spotlights lined up from now until then. Have a great Holiday season and see you all after the New Year!*

Hi, I’m so happy to be here at SYTYC today!  My name is Jane and I blog over at Buzzmills.  On my blog you’ll find me making crafts with my kiddos, sewing and exploring nature, stop by sometime!  Thanks so much to Missy for having me here to share with you!

So, it’s the day after Christmas (and Hanukkah has been over for a while now…).  Are you the type of person who lets your holiday decor linger or are you stripping the house of red and green today?  I myself, like to keep up the Christmas decorations until after the New Year, but I do know that some kick the tree to the curb the very next day (ahem, today).  So, today, I have a little project to share with you that will keep the sparkle going, but without any red or green…and it’s perfectly suited for your New Year celebration!
Bubble glasses and plates

Supplies:  Inexpensive wine glasses, cocktail plates, a fat quarter of white linen, metallic acrylic paint, pencil with an eraser, metallic thread and sewing machine.

It’s all pretty simple really.

For the cocktail napkins I cut four 9″ x 9″ squares from my linen.  I then sewed around the edges using silver metallic thread.  I sewed a wavy design about 1/2″ from the edge and then a simple straight about 1/4″ from the edge.  I took cues from the linen placemats I sewed from Improv Sewing.
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Not, perfect, but that’s the way they are supposed to be…improv…I like the idea of casual and fancy meeting, don’t you!

Once you’ve sewn your napkins fold them up into little squares and iron well.  Now it’s time to start painting.  I used Martha Stewart metallic acrylic paints and a pencil eraser…
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Slide something under the top layer of your cocktail napkin so that the paint doesn’t go through to the other layers.  I used a folded piece of wax paper.
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Now, dip and dot…no, not the ice cream treats…just dip your pencil eraser into the paint and make some “bubbles”.
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It doesn’t have to be perfect, have fun with it, remember casual meets fancy!
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Hang to dry.  (Remember to heat set with an iron after they are completely dry!)
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While your napkins are drying, move on to your wine glasses.  Turn glass upside down.
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Beginning at the stem, dot your pencil eraser into the paint, make dots next to each other building up row by row until you are about a third of the way up the glass.
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Last, but not least it’s time to dabble your plates.  Important to note, do not paint on a surface where there will be food, while this paint does say it is non toxic, it is NOT food safe.  Therefore, I painted on the underside for some understated bubbles.
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After your painted pieces are fully dry, bake them in your oven at 350
degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. Make sure you put them in while
your oven is still cool, so that they heat up gradually. After baking
for 30 minutes, allow them to cool completely before removing from your
oven. It is then best to wait 72 hours after curing before using your
painted piece.

And there you have it…a bubbly cocktail set.
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Oh, but, with all of these silvery bubbles, you need a metallic table runner too, right?  Mine is an inexpensive silver scarf!  Use it as a runner and then toss it in the wash and use it as a scarf!  I mean, who needs a silver table runner sitting around doing nothing all year long, might as well have something that does double duty!
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This project is a fun and easy way to spruce up something plain for a little bubbly New Year’s Eve celebration.  While we will just be sitting at home with the kiddos on New Year’s Eve, I’m sure we will pull these out to use for a little “fancy” cheese and crackers snack or something.  Because, even kids like to be “fancy”!

But, wouldn’t this also be a super cute bridal shower gift…or a hostess gift…or a belated Christmas gift?  Wrap it all up in the scarf and you are done!
Gift collage

Thanks again for having me Missy!  I hope you all enjoyed this project, Happy New Year!  And, don’t forget, stop by to say “Hi” sometime over at Buzzmills!

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