… that’s right, we’ve moved on to phase two of our DIY wedding centerpieces. And much like phase one, we thought we’d share exactly what we learned in the process. So here’s the deal, we wanted candle holders on each table, but after doing a little shopping we realized we could purchase plain cylindrical vases and decorate them ourselves much cheaper! Or so we hope when we’re all said and done. 🙂 If not, well, we’ve learned some new DIY tricks and tested each other’s patience in the process. That’s worth something, right? Okay, so here’s what we found worked and didn’t work:
1. Much like with the painted whiskey bottles, we cleaned the clear glass candle holders with a little denatured alcohol to get off any dirt and bar code stickers.
2. We found two types of stencils, one that was an adhesive stencil, and one that was a regular non-adhesive stencil. For this purpose the adhesive-based stencil DID NOT work. When we went to remove the adhesive stencil after we sprayed the glass it took off much of the frosted paint with it.
3. Make sure to use blue painters tape to tape the stencils to the glass. Additionally, use an exacto knife to cut any part of the stencil that isn’t needed to cover the glass. In our case, one of the stencils was too long, so we had to cut about a third of it off.
4. For stencils that don’t cover the entire surface area of the glass (like the star burst stencil we used in a few of the above photos), use wax paper or newspaper to cover any remaining exposed glass so it doesn’t get covered with the frosted spray.
5. For the inside of the glass, make sure to line it with a thicker cardboard, so that again, it also doesn’t get sprayed with the frosted glass. We tried just a layer of wax paper at first, and that DID NOT work in keeping the glass free from the frosted spray.
6. Spray two or three coats of the frosted glass on the stenciled area. The frosted look takes a few minutes to fully appear, so be sure to pause in between coats to make sure you don’t spray too much.
7. This is important to remember: after the glass has been sprayed, only leave the stencil on for a few minutes. On the first few ones we tried, we left the stencils on for 15 to 20 minutes thinking that would help, but it actually ended up pulling off more of the frosted spray when we went to remove the stencil, leaving the pattern all messed-up. After trial and error, we found that you want to remove the stencil after no more than 5 minutes, but still give the candle holder plenty of time to dry.
8. Overall the frosted glass dries really fast, but we gave it about 30 minutes in the sun just to be safe. After that, you’re all done! In the end, we used two different stencils in order to have a little variety in the centerpieces. And honestly, I don’t feel like these pictures do them justice, but overall they turned out well, and would even make a great decoration for a home!
Who knows, some of these may very well end up in our house after the big day.