Party stems

Painted patterns give your glassware an artful, one-of-a-kind look

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1. Before starting your project, make sure each glass is clean and free of lint. Turn the glass upside down. On the base of the glass, use a marker to outline the stencil's design ― we chose circles, semicircles, and rectangles.

2. Decide where you want your colors (do not paint glass interior or rim), then paint in the design, keeping within the lines. Apply paint evenly and consistently so the colors remain uniform (if the color is not as bold or opaque as you'd like, let paint dry and apply a second coat). We left some areas unpainted ― such as where two circles or rectangles intersect ― for artistic effect.

3. Paint the upper portion of the stem in alternating bands of the two colors, or one band of one color; let dry per package instructions.

Optional: Seal paint with a glossy varnish according to package directions.

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