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DIY Lace Jewelry Boxes
DIY Lace Jewelry Boxes
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These gorgeous DIY Lace Jewelry Boxes use a silkscreening technique to paint pretty lace on a plain glass box. Perfect for bridesmaid gifts, these wedding jewelry boxes are just the right combination of beautiful and functional. The best part is, you don't even need a steady hand to get these lovely lace designs - the adhesive silkscreens do all the hard work for you! You can either fill these DIY jewelry boxes with little trinkets or give them as gifts on their own. This painting technique can even be used on smaller boxes to be used as wedding favors! Learn all about it in this step-by-step tutorial.

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniquePainting

Easy

Project TypeGift Ideas

Materials List

  • Martha Stewart Crafts 2oz Gloss Opaque Glass Paint - Wedding Cake
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Silkscreen - Antique Lace
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Squeegee Set, 2pc
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Paint Dauber and Roller Set, 6pc
  • Martha Stewart Crafts 2oz Frost Translucent Glass Paint - Ballet Slipper
  • Brush basin or container for water
  • Paper towels
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Foam plate
  • Scissors
  • Glass Surface of Choice

Instructions

  1. These glass jewelry boxes cannot be washed in warm soapy water in a sink; instead, thoroughly clean glass using rubbing alcohol.
  2. Using scissors, cut silkscreen designs apart following printed division lines.
  3. Peel silkscreen from backing sheet; set backing aside and save for silkscreen storage.
  4. Position silk screen on glass surface where desired; press in place.
  5. Apply paint through silkscreen using either the Squeegee Tool Technique or the Foam Pouncer Tool Technique.
    • Squeegee Tool Technique – Squeeze a small amount of paint onto solid edge of silkscreen.  Holding squeegee tool at a 45° angle with light pressure, pull the paint across the opening of the silkscreen.  Continue painting until the entire design area has been silkscreened.  Set squeegee aside in container of water for cleaning.  While paint is still wet, neatly and carefully lift silkscreen by peeling away from the glass surface.  NOTE:  Be careful not to drag silkscreen while removing it as your painted design may be blurred.
    • Foam Pouncer Tool Technique – Squeeze a small amount of paint onto foam plate.  Load the flat bottom edge of the foam pouncer with glass paint by dabbing into the puddle of paint.  Dab a few times more on a clean spot on the foam plate to ensure you have the entire foam pouncer loaded properly.  Holding the foam pouncer as you would a pencil, begin dabbing straight up and down over the opening of the silkscreen.  Continue painting until the entire design area has been painted.  Set foam pouncer aside in container of water for cleaning.  While paint is still wet, neatly and carefully lift silkscreen by peeling away from the glass surface.  NOTE:  Be careful not to drag silkscreen while removing it as your painted design may be blurred.
  6. Continue adding silkscreen design over glass surface until desired effect is achieved.  NOTE:  When repeating a design, it is best to clean the silkscreen between uses by rinsing in water and allowing the silkscreen to dry thoroughly.
  7. Set completed project aside for 1 hour to thoroughly dry.
  8. All glass surfaces painted with Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Paints should be cured to increase the paint’s durability on glass or ceramic surfaces.  Follow either the Bake to Cure Technique or the Air Cure Technique.
    • Bake to Cure Technique – Set dry silkscreened glassware into cool oven.  Set oven to 350°F and bake for 30 minutes.  Glass must heat gradually with the oven to avoid breakage.  Do NOT place glass in a hot oven.  After 30 minutes, turn the oven off.  Allow glass to cool completely in oven.  Wait 72 hours before using.  NOTE:  Glitter Glass Paints should not be baked to cure; only use air cure technique when painting with glitter paints.
    • Air Cure Technique – Air dry completed project for 21 days before using.  NOTE:  Glitter Glass Paints should not be baked to cure; only use air cure technique when painting with glitter paints.
  9. For an added interest, you may add paint to the backside of a glass lid as created on the butterfly lace jewelry box.

     

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