DIY Metallic and Sea Glass Drinking Glasses

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I’ve discovered that all of the cups in my cabinet are plastic. One of the normal things that happens when you’re a parent. So I set out to find some glass cups so that the adults that come over during the holidays aren’t drinking out of sippy cups. I wanted to try and do something different, so they weren’t just plain glass. I decided to head to my local Goodwill of North Georgia to see what I could find someone’s trash to make into my new treasure. 

Goodwill is my go to place to find fun upcycling projects. It’s a budget-friendly option, and I can find great ways to complete my family’s holiday decorating. Not to mention it helps a good cause in return. Donations to Goodwill are sold in stores not just to help those looking for inexpensive items. All proceeds help to support the mission of putting people to work. This year Goodwill will help 20,000 people in North Georgia find jobs. Can you believe they are celebrating their 90th birthday? That’s 90 years of putting people to work in North Georgia. That’s amazing! 

I took Peanut with me to see if we could find some glass or mugs that we could decorate and upcycle. I found a few rounded bottom glasses in different sizes that I thought would be perfect. I also stumbled upon a pair of nearly new white slip on shoes that I plan on making an additional craft with. Last time I went to Goodwill of North Georgia I found this cool game table drawer piece that I turned into a stand alone game table. 

Here is what you will need for this project:

  • Metallic Spray Paint (suitable for glass)
  • Glass Paint
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Painters Tape in various sizes
  • Sponges
  • Glass cups
  • Newspaper

First, you’ll need to tape the design you want for the metallic color. I wanted silver on mine because I like silver better that gold and I thought it would look better with the blue and green sea glass section. Cover the areas you don’t want to be painted silver with newspaper. Make sure to tape it down, so none of the spray paint bleeds onto the glass.  Follow the directions on the spray paint for optimum coverage. Metallic colors are best achieved with the can further away so that you get an even coat and no chemical lines. After the spray paint was dry, I taped the secondary lines of where I wanted the sea glass to go.  I then used the sponge to apply the frosted glass paint. I used a blue and green color on them. There are two ways to cure the glass paint. Air drying (which takes 21 days) or bake it for 30 minutes. I choose to bake it so that it would be done faster. It’s important that you do this process properly so that your glass doesn’t break. Put the glass in the cold oven and allow it to heat up gradually to 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Then let the glasses cool in the oven until they can be handled. If you don’t, the glass can break from the sudden temperature change. The glasses came out great. I absolutely love them! I think I’ll visit the Goodwill Donation Locations a few more times to see if I can find more rounded bottom glasses to make a full set.

Imagine what you can find to upcycle at your local Goodwill.  

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