DIY St-Patrick’s Frosted Shamrock Glasses
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Project article and photographs
by Madeleine M Langlois, MaddyLane Designs
For the luck of the Irish
“Fun Frosted Shamrocks for a little Irish luck!” Go Green!
This super easy Saint Patrick's project is a fun way to add a little luck of the
Irish into your home. Irish themed shamrocks glasses and lanterns are perfect
for decorating, gift-giving or simply to enjoy!
Glass items are covered with shamrock stickers and then painted with frosted
green glass paint using a sponge, easy and no ticks! An amusing activity
ideal to entertain and do with your little leprechauns! This is an ideal project
do and entertain your children during the School break.
Hands-on time: Under 1 hour.
Total time: Add paint drying time 1 hour, full curing time 24 hours, baking
time 35 minutes to heat-set.
Skill: easy and kid friendly, recommended for children 5 and up.
Project cost: Under $15.00. (Recycle use glasses and items that you already
Materials & tools:
• Clear drinking glasses and glass planter container (glasses are available
home décor stores and dollar store. Glass planters are available at garden
• Newspaper or a plastic liner
• Shamrock stickers (available at art stores, office supply stores and dollar
• Vitrea 160 frost glass paint (water-based) by Pébéo (I used green, Mint 37)
• A paint tray
• Rubbing alcohol
• An oven to bake to heat set the glass paint
(Materials for this project are available at arts, craft and above mentioned
Vitrea 160 paints are water-based and non-toxic, they can be used on food
consumption items such as glasses, plates, mugs serving tray ect. My son
and I made glasses and a glass shape planter (to use a lantern), but you can
basically use whatever glass item you want to add a little Irish touch too.
Wash the glass thoroughly with soap and water and pat to dry with a clean lint-
free cloth. Cover your work surface with newspaper and prepare your
materials and glass items to be painted. To create the shamrock shapes onto
the glass items, simply peel and stick shamrock stickers of various sizes all
around the glass items.
Place some green frost glass paint in a paint tray, dip the sponge, dab it to
remove excess paint and apply the paint all around the jars. This is easy and
fun for kids to do, plus sponging on the paint will give the painted items a
textured look. Once completed, place the painted glass items upside-down
onto newspaper to let them dry, approximately one hour.
To remove the shamrock stickers, simply peel them off. Once dry the
shamrock stickers are removed you will see the shamrock shaped outlines on
the clear glass and standout against the frost green paint. A very cool effect!
Clean the paint tray and sponges with easy soap and water clean-up. Let the
frost paint finish dry and cure for at least 24 hours before heat-setting. As the
paint dries you will see the frost effect become visible and the shamrock
shapes pop out!
Once cured and heat set in any domestic oven, the glass items are scratch
resistant and dishwasher- and-oven-safe. Place the painted glass items in a
cold oven and when the temperature of the oven has reached 325 degrees F
(160 degrees C), bake for 40 minutes.
Once baked, the colours and items are fully cured. Remove the glass items
from the oven using oven mitts, and let them cool before handling. Your little
leprechauns will be thrilled to see their creations completed.
Place a pillar candle at the center of the glass planter lantern, put on your
leprechaun hat and cheers!
Variations: Various glass items around your home can be decorated in the
same manner; votive holders, plates, vases, mugs, jars etc. Inexpensive glass
dishes can be purchased at dollar stores, ideal for little leprechauns to make
their own shamrocks plates, bowl and cups. You can even make many
shamrock glasses in this manner for a St-Patrick’s dinner.
Use other sticker shapes such as dots to flowers to make similar projects for
other holidays such as Easters or simply to make decorative items that you
can enjoy every day. The Pébéo frosted Vitrea paint come in many different
colours. The shamrocks designs can be outlines with Vitrea felt-tipped
markers or outliners.
Tips: I must say it is really hard to make mistakes with this very simple to do
project! However mishaps can simply be erased it with rubbing alcohol, or
washed with soap and water and basically start over again.
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