How to paint glass

DIY Projects

We found this straw canister at Christmas Tree Shop for $4.99. Throwing a little bit of paint on it really made it pop! What a perfect and inexpensive idea for your summer décor!

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You can apply this technique to any glass project!

1). To prep the glass for painting, we wipe it down using rubbing alcohol. Make sure you get all the stickiness and stuff off before you try to apply any paint.

2). Using some tape, I tape off the rim of the glass. This will help prevent any drips or paint from going on the inside. It is also helpful for when you need to set it down.

3). Now you should be ready to apply your first coat of paint! We are using Mermaid Kiss by Wise Owl. You can check out their other colors right here!

4). Before moving to your second coat you want to make sure your first coat is completely dry. If you apply it too soon you will lift the paint right off the glass. If you need to force dry it, you can use a blow dryer which seemed to be just enough heat for the glass.

5). We applied a second coat of paint and then dried it with the blow dryer. Sometimes a third coat of paint is needed.

6). Taking a 120 grit sanding block we lightly sanded it. You can distress it as much as you want to. We like to focus on the raised areas when distressing.  You can find the sanding block here.

7). Wipe off your dust before applying your top coat.

8). We used wax to seal our straw holder. We apply a small amount with a brush and then buff it off with a paper towel.

This method can be used really on any glass jar, cup, or canister. These straw holders are the perfect decoration to add to your kitchen space. They look nice with a pop of color!

We even got a little creative and did a little buffalo plaid.

Don’t forget to share your glass projects below !????

Jamie and Debbie - Chalk It Up Fancy

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