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Neon Splattered Margarita Glasses

April 27, 2017 by Nicole Collins

It’s craft time! Welcome to the section of the site where my motto is “Everything is better with glitter”. This is a place for us to keep our creative juices flowing after we’ve stuffed our bellies with delicious food. It’s a place for us to add some color to our lives. It’s a place for us to feel like we’ve accomplished something that will live on forever. And if nothing else, it’s a place for us to make something that will forever and always be one of a kind.

When the craft bug hits me, it hits me. Once I have an idea in my head or I see a project I like, I’ll be distracted until I do it. I mean, sometimes you just feel like whipping up a wreath, or painting a wine glass, or glittering everything in sight. No big deal.

There are no rules here. Everything is beautiful here. Everyone has talent here.

The only thing that I can’t allow here is the color orange. Sorry. Hate it. Like HATE IT hate it. Shades of orange with pink mixed in, like a coral color; that’s allowed here though. Or if pink accidentally touches yellow and a drop of orange sneaks out, I’ll permit it. Otherwise, orange is not welcome here. Please don’t hate me if you’re an orange lover to the core. We can’t help what we love, and orange just ain’t it.

Our first project involves something that I love doing…decorating glasses. Today, we’re going to neon splatter some margarita glasses to help get us ready for Cinco de Mayo! I'm a sucker for a good margarita, so I had to make sure I had some pretty glasses to help celebrate the occasion.

This is so easy to do, and you can use whatever colors strike your fancy! I went with multi-surface acrylic neon paint, because I love those bright blingy colors. But you could customize this project for whatever season, décor pattern, or color scheme you like. You can also use whatever style glass you like. I didn’t have any margarita glasses (I know, how did that happen?!?), so that’s what I chose here. You don’t even need a glass with a stem. As long as you stick to the bottom of the glass with your paint, you’re good. We want to keep these food safe, after all. Speaking of safe, these are top shelf dishwasher safe. How cool is that!

So, let’s take our new glasses, and cheers to craft time! May our fingers heal quickly from hot glue burns, may we be able to tell the difference between paint and freckles on our skin, and may the glitter come out of our hair (eventually). Cheers!

Happy splattering!


Neon Splattered Margarita Glasses


  • Multi-surface acrylic paint in multiple colors

  • Plastic drinking straws cut in to 2 inch pieces

  • Margarita glasses

  • Plastic wrap

  • Newspaper or low sided box


  1. Line your work area with newspaper. Use a low sided box to help contain the glasses, if preferred.

  2. Clean the glasses with soap and water. Dry thoroughly. Cover the cup section of the glasses with plastic wrap, stopping at the stem to protect the glass that’s not being painted.

  3. Create a palate with leftover newspaper by squeezing blobs of paint (approximately the size of a nickel) on to the paper.

  4. Dip one end of a straw in to one color of paint. Holding the covered part of the glass in your hand, position the painted end of the straw about 2 inches away from the glass, and blow through the other end of the straw to create a splatter effect against the glass. Use forceful but dry puffs. Rotate the glass and dip the straw in the paint as necessary. Repeat using a clean straw and new color of paint until the desired pattern is achieved.

  5. Allow glasses to dry, untouched, for 1-2 hours.

  6. Remove the plastic wrap from the glasses, and place them on a foil lined sheet pan. Place tray in a cold oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (with the glasses inside). When the oven is at full temperature, start a timer for 30 minutes. Turn off the oven after 30 minutes, and allow the glasses to cool down with the oven. They’re ready to use once they’re cool, but it’s recommended to wait an additional 3 days before washing them in the dishwasher.

Project Notes:

* These are top rack dishwasher safe!

* If you have the patience of a saint, you can skip the step of curing these in the oven. Instead, you can let them sit untouched for 21 days to cure.

* When you’re blowing through the straw, make sure you’re keeping it dry. If you have a slobbery puff of air, you’ll have slobbery paint splatters.

* If you’re having a hard time getting the effect you want from blowing through a straw, you can lightly flick the middle of the straw aimed in the direction of the glass to achieve the same effect. It’s a little messier and even more uncontrollable, but the results are the same.

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