DIY Coral Reef Confetti Glasses {Hello Summer}


Hello I Heart Nap Time readers! I’m so excited to be a part of this year’s Hello Summer Event. One of my favorite parts of summer is all the bright colors and sitting outside sipping on ice cold drinks like lemonade or Sangria. I created these simple hand painted Coral Reef Confetti Glasses, because it’s always more fun to drink out of a pretty glass! These would also make a great handmade gift idea for the hostess of any cookouts you attend this summer.

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I love the classy touch metallic gold adds to the bright colors.

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My color choices were inspired by this picture I saw a few months ago in Good Housekeeping magazine. The DIY version is much easier on the wallet!

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  • Double-Old Fashioned Style Glasses
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Glass or Multi-Surface Paint (The colors I used are: Folk Art Multi-Surface Pink Melon, Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Raspberry Ice and Marmalade)
  • Gold Liquid Gilding or Metallic Gold Paint
  • Painting tools (I used a pencil, small spouncer, and small paintbrush)

Start by cleaning the exterior of your glasses with a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol. Allow to dry for a few minutes. With your first color (Pink Melon for me), use the eraser end of a pencil to place confetti-like dots randomly on the bottom inch or so of your glass. When that dries, use the small spouncer and your second paint color (Raspberry Ice for me) to add more dots, going up a bit higher than you did with the first color. Repeat with the final color (Marmalade) and the small paintbrush, again going just a bit higher with the dots than you did with the prior color.

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When the dots are dry, use your liquid gilding or metallic paint to freehand on the coral. If you use gilding, it’s much thinner than paint, so I just dab a generous dot and allow it to drip randomly and then add in extra coral if needed. It naturally curves around the dots you made. Avoid painting too close to the drinking rim of the glass since you don’t really want to touch the paints/gilding with your mouth.

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Be sure to read the glass painting directions on your paint brand. Many of them instruct you to air cure for 21 days before use. They are then dishwasher safe but I prefer to hand wash anything I hand paint.

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Happy creating!


Headshot-Dawn-WarnaarHi! I’m Dawn and I blog over at Designed by Dawn Nicole. I’m an Air Force wife and mom of 3 kids (ages 2, 4 and almost 6). We move roughly every 3 years and currently live near St. Louis, MO. I’m a former HR Manager turned Graphic Designer and Lifestyle blogger who loves DIYing, cooking and running. I also share posts regularly over on the Silhouette Blog as part of the 2014-2015 Design Team. I do my best to eat clean and workout most days but I almost never let a day go by without dark chocolate and over-caffinating. You can find a few of my favorite recent posts here, here, and here. You can also find me on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook.



THANKS Dawn for sharing this awesome DIY craft during our Hello Summer Event! Click HERE to see more ideas from the event.

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3 comments on “DIY Coral Reef Confetti Glasses {Hello Summer}”

  1. These glasses are so cute for summer! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh my gosh! These are adorable! What a fun gift to give!

  3. Lovely! Could I do this same DIY with nail polish? Would it resist the dishwasher?

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