Saturday, July 24, 2010

How to Create a Personalized Gift for Wine Lovers

introHow to Create a Personalized Gift for Wine Lovers

Finding the perfect gift for someone you care about is always hard. Usually people resort to giving money or a gift certificate, well not today.  If you are trying to find a gift for someone who enjoys drinking wine, this will be the perfect gift idea for you.


By etching a monogram on a set of wine glasses will create a stylish and personable gift that anyone can make. To complete this project patience and time is required. Make sure to have at least 10 days to allow the glasses to dry.


By adding the receiver's favorite bottle of wine and a bottle opener  can give an added touch for the perfect gift. Wrap gift items together to match the occasion; birthdays, christmas, anniversaries, etc. Also this idea can be tweaked for coffee, liquor, or any glass; just add the drink and a small accessory that matches the glass.

-Glass item of choice
-White frost Permenamel
-Air dry Permenamel surface conditioner (not required)
-Stencil adhesive
-Stencil of the letter of your choice
-Stencil tape
-Paint brush (optional)
-Empty box to fit gift items in
-Wrapping paper
-Ribbon (optional)
-Wine of choice (beverage of choice)
-Wine bottle opener (accessory of choice)
How to Create a Personalized Gift for Wine Lovers

step 1Choosing your theme
First decide your theme, the kind of glass, the style of the lettered stencil, and extra items to fit the theme you decided. For this example we will be using a wine theme.  

step 2Preparing your glass
Prep the area being etched by cleaning the glass with soapy water and dry completely. Rub the surface with the conditioner to provide a clean and quality etching area (optional ).

step 3Preparing your stencil #1
Cut the stencil around the letter of your choice; making sure to leave enough edge around the letter to allow space to attach the tape.

step 4Preparing your stencil # 2
Apply a thin coat of adhesive to the back of the stencil to provide extra reinforcement to the middle of the stencil. Let that dry for 5-10 minutes, or until clear and tacky. 

step 5Monogram location
Stick the stencil on the glass where you want the monogram to be located; this will not completely hold the stencil in place, so keep your finger held until the next step.

step 6Adding stick strength
For added stability, place tape around all four edges of the stencil.  Try to get the stencil as flat to the glass as possible, with no bubbling.

step 7Applying enamel to sponge
Squeeze a small amount of enamel on to a paper plate.  Blot your sponge into the enamel, and dab off the excess leaving only a thin coat left on the end. 

step 8Applying the enamel to glass
Repeat the dabbing motion on the area prepped, making sure to apply only a thin coat.  If the coat is too thick, it will bleed under the stencil causing a deformed monogram.

step 9Lag time
Let the enamel dry for one hour.  Never remove the stencil before it is dry.

step 10Cleaning up
Make sure to clean out the sponge after every coat so that it does not get hard for the next use.

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