Today, I’m sharing the pair of wedding champagne flutes I made as a personalized gift for my niece’s recent party. It was a fun craft that could easily be applied to any hand painted glass project.
Since the happy occasion of my niece’s wedding in Charleston several weekends ago, I’ve been on a longer than planned blogging break. As in a Tale of Two Cities, it’s been both the best and worst of times.
After the wedding, I returned with my mom to Florida to help transfer dad from a rehab center to long term care. Mom and I knew the minute we saw him that something was wrong. Immediately after the transfer, it became clear his pain from a previous injury and fall had escalated significantly. Within hours, dad was back in the hospital with a severe sepsis infection.
Moving him to hospice care was a blessing. Several long days later, he passed peacefully, and I am very grateful his suffering has ended.
Creating this post is a happy distraction. It also provides an opportunity to remember the fun weekend, celebrated with family and friends. Here’s how I created the wedding champagne flutes and how to make your own.
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Toasting the Happy Couple
My beautiful niece is unconventional, and has very particular, unique tastes. A talented photographer, crafter and artist, she has a Master in Fine Arts. So, I stuck with the bridal registry in selecting a wedding gift. Plate addict that I am, I was delighted to buy the fabulous, colorful dishes they wished for.
But, I was kinda bummed there wasn’t a bridal shower to host, party decorations to craft, or invitations to make. That’s when sistah B suggested I could paint wedding champagne flutes as a surprise. I was both thrilled and anxious for the opportunity to create a personalized gift.
Would they like them? Think they looked tacky? In the end, the toasting glasses were a big hit — whew!
Step 1: Find Wedding Champagne Flutes
I wanted something with a nice, tall stem. But, not made of fragile crystal or etched with a design. Searching online, I found this package of four Libbey flutes at Walmart. They are also available on Amazon.
Step 2: Create Design Template
Sistah B sent me a picture of the tropical bird, wedding cake topper my niece had found on Etsy. Aren’t they adorable? Both she and her spouse love birds. In fact, during their honeymoon in Puerto Rico they spotted a very rare and endangered parrot.
But, they weren’t the simple white doves or lovebirds I was expecting LOL! They also weren’t in the tall, narrow shape of wedding champagne flutes.
To create the design template, I downloaded the picture and placed it into a Word document. Then I closely cropped one of the bird images.
Step 3: Size Template to Fit
Next, I measured the height and width of the flute’s painting surface. Based on that, I resized the bird image so that the head and main body would fit on one side of the glass. The tail would wrap around the side.
Then I printed out the template in several sizes in order to get the correct fit. It took only two tries.
Additionally, I used my photo editing tool to wash out most of the color in the bird, which made it appeared more like a drawing. Lastly, I incorporated tropical foliage into the template.
Almost forgot! After I had the right fit, I removed the template from the glass. Then I traced over the main outlines of the imagery with a black felt-tip marker. Finally, I reinserted the template into the glass; securing it with a small piece of tape.
For the second glass, I simply flipped the design to its mirror image.
Step 4: Paint the Basic Design
As explained in DIY Hand Painted Glasses, you need to use specialty paints and pens designed for use on glass surfaces.
Because this was my fourth glass-painting project, I had all but two of the colors already on hand. Several different greens were previously used for Casual St. Patrick’s Day Table & DIY Shamrock Glasses.
First, I painted a very basic color blocking of the bird on both wedding champagne flutes. A paper towel roll makes a good “easel” for painting.
After letting the glasses dry overnight, I painted a second coat with more defined edges and texture.
Step 5: Add the Details
Earlier, I had printed out a large color copy of the original cake topper photograph. I propped it up on my iPad stand to use as a color and detail guide.
During the third phase of painting details were added. For the white of the eyes I used a paint pen.
Holding the glasses up to the light, revealed small areas that need a bit more paint.
Time to Raise the Glasses
Since both my niece and her spouse have names starting with the same initial, I had to find two different style “K” charms. Thin ribbon in two different shades were used to simple tie the charms onto the stem of the flutes. They also help to differentiate who’s glass is who’s.
Here’s a look of the wedding champagne flutes after they were oven-cured and just before I gift wrapped them.
What do you think?
Make Your Own
Before you begin a project of your own, please refer to DIY Hand Painted Glasses & Champagne Flutes.
There you’ll find more detailed instructions on how to select and prep glassware, create and attach a template, painting techniques, and curing the finished glass.
Game to give it a try?
Wishing you all a most happy Mother’s Day weekend!
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