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Creative Sipping: DIY Glasses

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wine glass embellishments

I’m finalizing the details for the upcoming Hip Hostess Event in Boston (January 15th) and thought I’d share one of my favorite “Stylish Entertaining on a Budget” tips with you today – which is the theme of the Boston event.

Scrapbooking materials are a great resource for budget-friendly entertaining – and this extends way beyond paper! Rub-on transfers are also a great way to dress up glasses & dishware. They’ll stay on well at the party, but they’re also removeable from glass, ceramic, and plastic – so you can customize the drinkware you already own for each special occasion!

The glasses in the image above are a great example of this technique. These are embellished using the “Catwalk” MiniMarks rub on transfers from American Crafts – and the fun “wine charms” are were created with “Fashion Flair Cool” Flair adhesive badges – also from American Crafts.

(Tip: To remove the transfers when done, use scotch tape to lift and/or hot, soapy water.)

By |2018-08-18T10:30:10-07:00January 5th, 2009|Cocktails, Party Decor Projects|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Megan January 5, 2009 at 8:21 am

    What a lovely idea! Those glasses are gorgeous!

  2. Tori January 5, 2009 at 8:26 am

    Thanks for sharing! I love the fresh and fun colors….can envision these for a “groovy” party, would be so cute! What a great idea to be able to have custom glasses to match your theme- but not break the bank because you can remove and redesign next time!

  3. Matt Hanson January 5, 2009 at 8:40 am

    Good writing. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed my Google News Reader..

    Matt Hanson

  4. tammy January 5, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Those glasses are SO cute! I’m a big scrapper and I LOVE to find other uses and make non-scrapping things with my supplies.

  5. Bonnie January 5, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Wow! What a wonderful idea… as usual! I’ll certainly be doing this the next time I throw a party.

  6. Kendra @ My Insanity January 5, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Great idea! We wanted to use rub-ons once, on plates for a Valentine’s dinner, but couldn’t figure out how to make it work with food. Have you ever come up with a way to customize plates? Or maybe you could just do it on a charger? Love the glasses!

  7. amy @ stem January 5, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Super cute, Jenn. Can’t wait to see the pics from Dallas, I mean Boston. (I kid. You know I love.) This one looks FUN!

    Kendra – have you tried using clear dinner plates and doing the rub on on the underside? Works as long as it’s a pattern and not words!

  8. Jen January 5, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    the rub-on transfers are genius. I have been using stickers to customize my cheapie wine glasses for parties but this looks even more fun!

  9. Katie January 5, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    What a cute idea! Love them!

  10. Laura January 5, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    LOVE This Idea! What A Fun, Easy Way To Add Some Flare To Your Parties Without Having To Store A Whole Bunch Of Different Glasses!

  11. Kristina R January 5, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    What a great idea to create custom accessories for theme parties.

  12. Sugar and Spice Event Design January 5, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    This is very modern and so perfect for any occasion. How cool!

  13. Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor January 7, 2009 at 10:08 am

    The rub-on transfer idea is a very cool one! With the huge selection of transfers available, you would never run out of possible styles!

  14. Monique - Tucson Web Design January 22, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    These glasses and everything else are just too cute. I can’t wait to try something like this for my next party. Thanks for the idea!

  15. Danielle March 5, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Fabulous! I’m new to your blog and I am hooked. I am in the beginning stages of starting my own events planning, designing and coordination business. Very beginning stages… law school takes a majority of my time. :-) I love your DIY ideas.

  16. Mandy March 24, 2009 at 6:37 am

    Could you elaborate on how you made the wine charms? Thank you.

  17. amber January 24, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    I was thinking of doing the same thing with my wine glasses, but I don’t want decor to come off. Is there a glue that I can use that you can’t see once dried?

  18. Karen May 6, 2010 at 5:35 am

    Love this idea for decorating wine glasses.

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