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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

have)


Materials & tools:

• Clear drinking glasses and glass planter container (glasses are available

home décor stores and dollar store. Glass planters are available at garden

centers.)

• Lint-free

• Newspaper or a plastic liner

• Shamrock stickers (available at art stores, office supply stores and dollar

stores)

• Vitrea 160 frost glass paint (water-based) by Pébéo (I used green, Mint 37)

• Sponge

• 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

stores.)



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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