Hi there! Can you believe it’s already February? Where did the last month go? I hope you are in a crafty mood today because I am sharing one of my all-time favorite projects. Like really, really all time favorites! There is glitter involved, so how can it not be? These coffee cups came out beyond cute, and I am so excited to show you how I made them (if I can stop myself from eating the chocolate I filled them with for just a moment).
I love to set out special coffee cups at my coffee station each holiday. Since I had no cups for Valentine’s Day, I thought this would be a great way to try out a new product I recently discovered. It all started a while back when I was at Michael’s picking up some Mod Podge for another project, and I noticed that they now have a dishwasher-safe version. I didn’t have a need for it then, but I’ve been trying to come up with a use for it ever since.
I originally planned to put hearts and cute Valentine’s candy phrases like “Be Mine” or “Too Cute” on the coffee cups. The hearts worked out great, but the candy phrases peeled right off when I took off the stencil. There just wasn’t enough surface area on the letters to stick to the cup. I knew I could come up with something other than just hearts, but what? Luckily, inspiration struck while I was helping my kiddos put up some Valentine’s gel window clings. The set we were putting up had some cute Valentine’s owls that didn’t seem too intricate. Now I just needed to figure out if I could manage to apply multiple colors of glitter for one image. Solid color hearts were one thing, but this would be a little more detailed.
Turns out it really wasn’t that hard. I was able to create an owl design that wasn’t too detailed, so I could keep the colors to a minimum. These cups take a little bit of time because you need to wait for it to dry in between the different colors of glitter, but each step takes a minute or less of actual work time.
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Here’s what I used:
- white dollar store coffee cups
- dish-washer safe Mod Podge
- small paint brush (like the kind you would use with a kid’s watercolor set)
- glitter shakers in multiple colors (I found mine at Michael’s. The smaller the glitter the better.)
- contact paper
- Silhouette Cameo or Portrait
- Silhouette cut file (you can download mine here)
In case you haven’t heard of Silhouette before, it’s an electronic cutting machine. It looks and works a lot like a printer, except instead of using ink to draw lines or letters it has a tiny knife that cuts them out in various mediums like vinyl or fabric. My husband got one for me for Christmas a couple of years ago after I mentioned seeing some really cool projects that used one, and it’s been my favorite toy ever since.
I used contact paper that I picked up at the dollar store (it’s much cheaper than using removable vinyl) to make my stencil. If you don’t have a Silhouette, you could print out a simple image (you wouldn’t want anything too intricate), lay it on top of the contact paper, and cut it out with an X-acto knife. You could also use the outer part of some vinyl window clings as a stencil. If you are using a Silhouette, for the cut settings I created a custom material type with the ratchet blade depth set at 3, the speed at 5, and the thickness at 5.
Once the stencil is cut out I put some painter’s tape on top of it to hold all the pieces together when I took the backing off the contact paper.
Then, I positioned the stencil on the front of each the coffee cups and very carefully removed the painter’s tape (you can save the piece of tape to help with glitter clean up). Make sure to smooth out any bubbles in the contact paper. Next, I removed the sections of the stencil where I was going to apply glitter in stages. First were the beak and wings because I was using the same color of glitter on those areas. I painted on the Mod Podge to those blank areas with a very small paint brush and shook glitter over it. This took less than a minute to do, but you need to wait 15-30 minutes for it to dry before moving on to the next color. You don’t have to wait for it to completely dry, but it also shouldn’t be tacky, or your next color will stick to it.
Once the wing and beak area dried I did the same thing with the inner eyes. If I felt like there was too much stray glitter in random places on the stencil I would use a small piece of the sticky side of the painter’s tape to pick it up. Be careful if you blow off excess glitter because it can mix with the other colored glitter. If it does, just use your painter’s tape to pull it off.
Next was the heart, and then the body.
Once those last sections are dry you can pull off the outer part of the stencil.
The very last area of the stencil to remove was around the eyes. It was a little tricky because the edges were covered in dried Mod Podge and glitter, so I used a hook. If you don’t have a hook, then use a knife or something with a point that can get under the contact paper so that you can pull it off.
If you have any areas that need to be touched up, use either your paint brush or a toothpick to apply a small amount of Mod Podge, and then shake glitter over it. The toothpick worked out great for the feet area since the lines there are much smaller.
After all the vinyl was removed I applied a final coat of Mod Podge over all the glitter, making sure to go around all the edges to seal everything.
These coffee cups make great gifts for teachers or co-workers if you fill them up with candy or even a Starbucks gift card. Who wouldn’t want to receive that? Or, just keep them for yourself. Don’t forget to download the Silhouette cut file, which has both the owls and hearts.
If you’re into decorating for Valentine’s Day, you may want to check out how I made these really cute yarn wrapped “LOVE” letters with felt flowers and the rest of my Valentine’s Day projects. They’re just a few simple things that get
me the kids excited for the holiday!