St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, but there’s still time to get your rainbowy/gold/leprechaun/shamrock crafting on! I like this project because it’s a festive craft that’s pretty easy to accomplish without investing an obscene amount of time. It’s also a great way to practice your stenciling, which I find to be a pretty handy DIY skill for everything from home decor to party crafts to handmade jewelry.
Clean and dry your glass or jar, place your shamrock stencil, and secure with masking tape.
Squirt a small amount of glass paint in your desired color onto a crafting mat or other resuable/disposable surface. If you’re using nonadhesive stencils like me, you have to be careful during the painting process. It’s easy to mess up non-adhesive stencils and get paint under them, ruining the pattern.
Tips for Success with Nonadhesive Stencils
- Always remove excess paint from your brush before applying paint to your surface. Too much paint is the number 1 way to mess up a stencil project.
- If your desired paint color is too light after applying one layer of paint, add one or two more. Allow each layer to dry for just a few minutes (3-5) between layers.
- Remove your stencil from your surface while the paint is still wet, but do so carefully to avoid smudging the paint.
- Try to wash all stencils, crafting mats* and brushes/sponges while the paint is still wet to be able to clean them fully.
*See all the stains on my mat? That’s what happens when you leave paint on it too long. Since it’s just a crafting mat, I’m super okay with it.
For the glass I made today, I simply reused the same stencil for each of the 6 shamrocks you see. To accomplish this on your own, just remember to let each shamrock dry completely before applying a new one, and clean all supplies fully before reuse. Also remember to let your sponge or brush dry after washing before using them again – if they’re full of too much water, you’ll dilute your glass paint, and it will affect the finished project.
The pastel colors were so hard to get a good snap of, but I hope you get the idea from these shots! I think I’ll use this cutesy glass as my go-to whiskey chalice on St. Patrick’s Day next week. This would also make a super cute votive holder – how would you use this fun DIY?