Friday, May 17, 2013

Homemade Gifts: How to make DIY personalized cups #CraftForKids


I love giving gifts and I try to make personalized gifts whenever I can. I believe that a personalized gift shows that you put thought and effort into the gift and who doesn’t like to feel like someone cared enough about them to create something specifically for them? I decided to take on a little DIY personalized cup project and see where it took me.

I made a number of these cups for a holiday gift. I created a little family fun night package that included these personalized cups with everyone’s name, DIY Coasters, DVD’s, Games, and Treats {cookies and truffles}. They were a big hit. And although it was a great holiday gift, it would also make a great end of year gift for a teacher, or a birthday gift… or just a fun project to try with the kids. I used inexpensive dollar store reusable water cups that come with a straw, but you could use glass or water bottles too. Have fun with it!

How to make DIY Personalized Cups

What you need:
Glass or Cup {we used plastic dollar store reusable water glasses with straws}
Acrylic Paint
Sponge brush {or paint brush}
Letter stickers
Tape {painters tape or masking tape}
Mod Podge

How to Make It:
Tape around the top and bottom of the glass with painters or masking tape {you are creating a frame for you to paint within}.
Spell out a name with stickers.
Using a sponge or paint brush, dab the acrylic paint over the letters to coat the area between the tape.
Once dry, apply a second coat.
Let dry, then peel off the letters and tape.
Once all the letters and paint have been removed brush on a coat of Mod Podge.
Let dry.

DIY Personalized Cup Tutorial

I was worried that the stickers would be difficult to take off, but they came off easily. I tried brushing the acrylic paint on and I tried dabbing it on with a sponge. I felt that the sponge was easier and more paint adhered with that method than with the brushing method. I decided last minute to place a coat of Mod Podge onto the cups in an attempt to seal the paint to the cup… I did not want it to easily wash off. As these cups are not to be washed in the dishwasher I thought that they would be perfect for this craft.

The cleanup for this craft was easy. The boys had a great time painting and surprisingly did not make a big mess. The hard part was having the cups put up during the drying time so that my little guys did not play with them or knock them over. All in all this was a fun and simplistic project that we will do again. Since we made them for gifts, maybe next time we will make some for ourselves.


Have you ever created a personalized gift?


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