What a difference a little bit of paint makes! Little details like these fun drink markers can really amp up the impact of a party. It’s really hard (for me, at least) to remember to get the little detaily things done among the laundry list of party prep tasks. Some haters might be all “this is just paint on some rings!”, but the ease of this project means, again for me at least, that they’ll actually get done.
PS: My mom likes to call me with ideas for my blog, usually out of the blue. Adorable, I know. Sometimes I use her ideas, sometimes I don’t. However, I have to give her full credit for the idea for today’s spider drink markers. Thanks, Mom!
plastic spider rings
acrylic craft paint in a variety of colors
Clean and dry your spider rings before you begin. The paint will stick better to a clean, dry surface.
Paint them in a variety of ways, cleaning and drying your paint brush in between.
Despite this being basically the easiest project in the world, I do have a few tips for success with this one:
- Paint two to three layers of paint on each ring to get the best coverage.
- Halloween stores tend to carry spider rings that only come in black and orange. Think about which colors you’re painting on which rings. I found that yellow, for example, looked perfect on an orange ring, but the yellow I painted on the black rings looked awful (patchy, not a vibrant yellow).
- Notice how some of my rings are just painted from the “waist” down or up? I have a huge stash of craft paint, but not all of the colors worked. When I used too many of my metallic craft paints, the resulting rings all looked the same, which kind of defeats the point of making drink markers at a party. When I found color I really liked, like the glossy blue, I made fully painted, top-only painted, and bottom-only painted markers. That makes 3 obviously different drink markers from just one color of paint.
- With one color of paint, you can get up to 5 different markers if you also mix and match the red and black rings: full coverage, black with painted top, orange with painted top, black with painted bottom, and orange with painted bottom. This is great if you only want to buy a few colors of paint for these markers, or if your party has a specific color palette and you’re not wild about having a bazillion different colors of drink marker going on.
Yeah, I’m probably way over-thinking a project as simple as just painting some cheap party rings, but that’s me.
If you want these to double as take home party favors…
Just seal them with an acrylic craft sealer. I’m a fan of Mod Podge’s Clear Acrylic Sealer. The aerosol can makes it easy to get even coverage and avoid drips of sealant all over your finished projects.