Last week, I mentioned that we made some cute glitter dipped wine glasses at my Christmas party. These were very easy and turned out so adorable. Before we made the wine glasses, I made 4 coffee mugs with glitter on them for my boys’ teachers. I’m sticking a Starbucks gift card in each one as their Christmas gift. I might stick a bag of Christmas crack inside the mug with the gift card attached, but we’ll see if I have enough time to make it.
So today I wanted to share a quick tutorial on how I made these mugs/wine glasses. I took pictures of the wine glass process, but you would do the same process for the coffee mugs (could also use travel mugs).
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Here is what you’ll need:
-Cup (wine glass, coffee mug, travel mug, etc)
-Glitter (finer glitter works better): These glitters are great for this project
-Sponge Brushes (find them here)
-Mod Podge (use the “Dishwasher safe” type)
-Electrical tape (can also use painter’s tape, but electrical was much easier)
-Optional: Vinyl for wording (you can purchase a “Because Kids” decal HERE)
*you can find decals for great prices on ETSY. Just search for whatever saying you want on Etsy and add “vinyl decal” to it and you should get tons of options.
*I still recommend to hand wash with the glitter on mug/glass (if you have vinyl on it, you definitely can only hand wash).
**If you want to skip the vinyl and have a mug with ink (won’t come over), you can message me and I can create a custom mug for you through my Etsy shop.
You’ll want to make sure your cup is washed and completely dried. Make sure you have all your materials laid out. The first thing you are going to need to do is tape off the area you will be applying your glue. This is the hardest part, but luckily I found a great tutorial on YouTube that makes this part SO much easier (trust me, I learned the hard way).
Use a marker and some kind of level device (I used a book, but have also used rolls of tape like in the video above). Hold the marker down, slightly hanging off the edge, while turning your cup in a circle touching the marker the entire time.
You’re left with a perfectly straight line around your cup. When doing with the coffee mug, it gets a little tricky around the handle, but just get as close as possible.
Use electrical tape and the drawn on line to tape around your glass. Make sure to put the tape on the side of the line that will NOT have the glitter (seems obvious, but it happens). Some people like to tape over the marker so they can wipe it off when they’re done, but I taped it to where the line would be hidden under the modge podge (I did try to wipe off some of the marker after I had taped it to minimize it, but regardless, I don’t have any issues with the marker).
Then using your sponge brush, wipe Mod Podge in straight strokes downward toward the bottom of cup (I found that easiest). Try and get the glue as smooth as possible so it is even.
Then sprinkle your glitter over all of the glue.
Shake off excess glitter. Look to see if there are any open spots and dab some glue in those spots and sprinkle with more glitter. Turn upside down to dry.
After 10 minutes or so, slowly take the tape off. I’ve taken the tape off both within 10 minutes (when glue is still a bit wet) and I’ve also taken it off the next day (when glue is completely dry) and both worked, although most tutorials will tell you to do it when it’s still wet (within 10-20 minutes). Let it dry for 4 hours or so.
Once the cup is dry, you will carefully apply another layer of Modge Podge OVER the glitter to seal it in. Another layer is even better on top of that, but you’ll have to wait for it to dry again. I like to let my cup dry over night before applying the glue over the glitter, but 4 hours should be okay between applications.
*You could even apply another layer of glitter to make it even thicker.
Wipe off the cup of any excess glitter. Apply your decal to the cup and there you have it. This wine glass was the one I did at the party. I don’t have a decal for the gold one yet. It’s a Christmas gift for someone.
And like I mentioned before, you could do this on coffee mugs also.
And there you have it. It was really pretty easy. You need to let it curate 28 days so if you give this to someone, just attach a tag that tells them what date they can use it on (if giving them before 28 days). Not sure why that long, but that was what I found when researching how to do that. Hope this was helpful!
Andrea M Worley says
Love this idea! What a fun craft to do, especially around the holidays!
Hello love this idea! What exactly is curate? Google isn’t being a friend and won’t help me. Lol
🙂 Should probably use a different word (or cures)…basically while it adheres and dries to the cup…settles
Christina R. says
Love this tutorial! Can you use regular Mod Podge if you want it to just be hand wash safe only to avoid the dishwasher mod podge 28 day curate rule?
I bet you can. Plus, I don’t even put it in the dishwasher anyway. I bought an expensive one on Etsy one time with the glitter (assuming she uses the good stuff) and the glitter melted right off. Had to toss it. So I bet it would be fine…the dishwasher safe one is hard to find…I had to ask an employee to point it out.
Tried this. But when I pulled off the tape some of the glue and glitter came off as well. Creating a very mess line. Has that happened to you. How would you fix that. I waited awhile too. I didn’t pull tape off right away.
Hmmm not sure. None of the girls’ glue/glitter came off so I’m not sure. Did you use the exact kind of glue (Modge Podge) and do a smooth thin layer? Maybe the glue was too thick? I’m not sure. If there was any part that came off, I’d probably just dab a small amount of glue in that spot and put glitter on top. I’m assuming it’s by the tape so shouldn’t look too different than other parts. Hope it turns out well.
Other tutorials have suggested using painters tape, which can be easily moved around
I always run a razor blade or xacto knife along my tape line to avoid tearing and get a clean when I pull the tape off! Hope that helps you!
What kind of glitter do you use and from where?
I used the very fine glitter from Walmart. I found it in the craft section. I also had some glitter from Hobby Lobby that was fine too. The finer the better.
I spray a coat of Krylon Crystal Clear to seal the glitter. Makes it a smoother surface and more dishwasher safe.
Great tip Lori! I’ll have to try that next time.
Do you first add a thin layer of mod podge then once dried seal it with krylon? Can you use it right aeay or do you still cure it for 28 days?
I’m making this but I want to paint design and put it in oven after finish painting. Will that mess up or help glitter stem?
If you are going to paint the design on it and put in oven, I would do before you put glitter on. Now, if you’re asking will baking mess up the cup before you put the glitter on, I would not think so. I would just think it would mess up glitter if you baked it after (melting the glue possibly?).
If you put decal stickers on the glass will those have to be covered in modge podge too or is hand washing safe for them?
You don’t have to modge podge the vinyl. Hand washing it should be fine. Just keep in mind, the thinner the vinyl, the higher chance it can peel (just because it’s so thin). But the ones you see in this post have worked perfectly.
What vinyl lettering do u recommend that can be dishwasher safe?
My friend was the one who printed out the vinyl. I would only handwash as I bought a vinyl cup from someone on Etsy one time and the vinyl came off in the dishwasher.
Make sure to use 651 vinyl, it’s permanent and will hold up to hand washing. Never let it soak in water or run through the dishwasher. Love these cups!!!
I’m just seeing this comment Tammy and thank you for chiming in and letting us know the best vinyl to use! I don’t know much about vinyl so this is helpful!!!
Heather Kosman says
Can you put the clear coat over the vinyl to help protect it?
Joanna @DIY Project says
Lovely way of using Mod Podge. Thanks for sharing this DIY tutorial.
after peeling the tape off, when you apply another layer of mod podge over the glitter, should you tape again? what if mod podge gets on the glass when im applying that second coat? will it ruin it? awesome tutorial by the way!!
All the tutorials I watched said to take the tape off in the first 10 minutes, but I left tape on one of my mugs I did that year and it peeled off fine, so if you want to keep the tape on so you can apply another layer of modge podge, that is fine. I never got it on the cup though when I applied it AFTER taking off the tape because the sponge brush has a straight edge, making it easy to paint on the line. If it does get a little on the cup, you can simply wipe it off with your finger or paper towel…it dries clear so you won’t see that tiny of an amount anyway.