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Handmade: Gold Foil Tumblers

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It’s no secret that I love gold, and you know I could use a good cocktail on a Wednesday. I made these little gold confetti tumblers after seeing so many similar versions in the market. These aren’t too intense, but are pretty easy and are oh-so-cute!

Fill them up with a little pomegranate juice, some Zonin prosecco, and basil and you’ve got yourself a perfect mid-week treat.

confetti cups diptych

confetti cups 2

confetti cups workflow

ONE tape off the bottom of a glass with blue painters tape and stick some dots onto the bottom, more concentrated at the top and less concentrated toward the bottom. TWO cover the top of the glass with a sandwich bag and tape it down on the same tapeline as before. THREE spray paint the bottom of the glass with a bright gold spray paint. FOUR using a gold leaf pen, carry the dot motif up onto the top of the glass.  More concentrated at the bottom and sparse toward the top.

I think they’re so fun and sure do look festive for spring, right?  Grab just a few ingredients, have a cocktail and happy hump day!


**Update!  For those of you who asked, I am now selling these glasses in my shop!  They are a little different, but they’re made to withstand washing (top rack)!!**

So, as a disclaimer, I am using spray paint on food and beverage item which isn’t recommended for food contact.  I felt like being on the outside of the glass I was comfortable with that, but if you’re not, please use your discretion. 


95 Comments on “Handmade: Gold Foil Tumblers”

  1. Jae March 13, 2013 at 8:16 am #

    Super cute. Saw something similar with wine glasses at West Elm.

  2. Milynn March 13, 2013 at 8:49 am #

    These are so cute! Such a simple way to make a cocktail party look fancy :)

  3. Ashley | Sugar & Cloth March 13, 2013 at 10:09 am #

    This looks so awesome!

  4. Rebecca - A Daily Something March 13, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    Ahhhh, great DIY Erin! They look SO bright and springy with the pink drink, too!

    • Erin | House of Earnest March 13, 2013 at 10:41 am #

      Thanks, Rebecca! I made that drink just to have something pink to put into the glass, then it was REALLY good! My husband asked if we could make more!

  5. Stacey @ Likes to Smile March 13, 2013 at 10:43 am #

    Wow!! You should figure out some way to mass-produce these and sell them. They are GORGEOUS!!! I would buy them oh-so-fast!! Thanks for teaching us all how to make them.

  6. YOLONDA March 13, 2013 at 10:48 am #

    Love these! Must make a few…will go perfectly with my dessert plates!

  7. Katie Anderson March 13, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    Erin, I love the idea and the styling. Well, done friend!

  8. Jenn March 13, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    These are so pretty! LOVE!

  9. Kelly @ Studio DIY March 13, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    So pretty, Erin! I need to make me a set of these!

  10. Grace - Stripes & Sequins March 13, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    these are INCREDIBLE!!

  11. Ashley March 13, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    Gorgeous!! This would even be great on a floral vase or candle holder. Thanks for sharing :)

  12. Alicia | okay, sure... why not? March 13, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    Amazing. Martha should watch her back. Or name you the heiress of her empire. Seriously.

  13. Clara March 13, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    Oh this is too good. Too good! I’m so incapable when it comes to DIY, and then I see these things and I’m like… yeah I could never come up with that! Ha.

  14. Nathalie Balda March 13, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

    WOW! These are great! Im going to have to make some! Love it!

  15. Erin | Holtwood Hipster March 14, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    I love how this would mimic the bubbles in my cocktail! Love this one. Can’t wait to try!

    • Erin | House of Earnest March 14, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

      that’s what I was thinking! When I conceptualized this post (back in dec), I kept calling it ‘bubbles glasses’ in my editorial calendar! Great minds…

  16. Caitlin March 14, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

    These are amazing. I am obsessed!

  17. Monica Shanks March 14, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    These are gorgeous!! Now I gotta make some. ;) These would make such cute gifts!

  18. Kate March 14, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

    sooo pretty! Great pictures :) Now I’m thirsty

  19. Kelly @ A Swell Place to Dwell March 14, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

    So adorable! What a great idea. Have you tried the spray paint through the dishwasher yet?

    • Erin | House of Earnest March 15, 2013 at 8:05 am #

      Hi Kelly –

      I just hand washed lightly. I do not think the paint would make it through the dishwasher kind of like a lot of those hand painted wine glasses and such!

  20. Beckie March 14, 2013 at 11:26 pm #

    Gorgeous glasses – great for parties! Love the rustic accent…Just Fab!

  21. Amanda Risius March 14, 2013 at 11:47 pm #

    What a cute idea-and so simple! I will be trying this soon :)


  22. Liz Stevens March 15, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    Love these! So sweet! I’ve got to make some of these asap! Thanks for the tutorial!

    • Cindy Chandler March 15, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

      These tumblers are gorgeous. Can’t wait to get updates for some more wonderful ideas. Thanks

    • Cindy Chandler March 15, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

      Wonderful idea!!!!

  23. Cindy Chandler March 15, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    Please send me updates via my e-mail address; I couldn’t find a way to do it on your site. Thanks

  24. Tan of Squirrelly Minds March 15, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    Hey Erin. I did the same DIY January, but I found that the spray paint easily chipped off so I recommended spraying a lacquer overtop to keep it in place. Is your spray paint staying on okay? I also used Krylon.

    • Erin | House of Earnest March 15, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

      I should have mentioned, but whenever I spray paint anything, I do multiple (3) very thin, light coats to reduce chipping!

      These have been great so far, but I’ve only used them once.

  25. ...love Maegan March 15, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

    SO CUTE!!!! Love them!

  26. Koko @ Koko Likes March 16, 2013 at 1:27 am #

    I am OBSESSED with these!!!! I can’t wait to try this out!

  27. Angela March 16, 2013 at 4:27 am #

    Such an amazing idea! Thank you so much for sharing!
    I will definitely try it!

  28. Samantha March 19, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    Very pretty and festive.

  29. Nini March 20, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    This is awesomeness!

  30. daisy o April 3, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

    these are amazing!! srsly the best DIY ive seen in awhile! kindve obsessed :)

    & Pretty Things

  31. Connie April 3, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    I can’t wait to try these out! They are so beautiful!

  32. KAIT April 3, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

    This is an incredible idea. The same concept would work really well on a taller vase, that way you wouldn’t have to worry about the potential health damage via spray paint (although, I’m with you… if it’s just on the outside, I’ll probably still drink from it!)

  33. Uyen April 4, 2013 at 1:37 am #

    I love gold as well and these are soo cute! Great idea

  34. Mary Collings April 4, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    Love your blog… those tumblers are so cute!

  35. Lauren April 4, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    love this idea- so cute. will be trying this out asap!

  36. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures April 4, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

    I looove this!

  37. curlypurplepig April 7, 2013 at 5:57 am #

    wow amazing tutorial! these are so pretty!

  38. T.L.Noel April 8, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

    Hey love!

    Such a cute DIY. Did you have any trouble with washing the glasses? I’m afraid it might chip while being wash? Any suggestions! Thanks in advance!

  39. Julie June 3, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

    Super cute! I just ordered spray paint — can’t wait to try this! Where did you order those pink straws from (brand)? And are they sturdy? I’ve been looking for cute striped pink straws that won’t get soggy after sitting in a drink for an hour.

  40. Ella Bouchard June 23, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

    Hey, Erin, I truly admire your amazing creativity! I read a couple of articles you made on making different handmade decorations and I see you use spray a lot. I wonder, is there some kind of spray that could be applied on tiles in such way that the water won’t wash it away? I want to make an improvement of my bathroom and change its look a bit.
    I’ll be happy to hear from you!

    Ella B.
    Employee @Melbourne Tile and Grout Cleaners

    • Erin | House of Earnest June 23, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

      Hi Ella – I use a poly clear coat on a lot of my projects to reduce the amount that the paint will come off. I didn’t do this on the glasses, but definitely could have! All of the polyurethane varieties for wood can also be found in spray form! It might be helpful for your project!

  41. Astrid August 7, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

    Lovely DIY! I want to do something similar with stripes, but I want to know how they fare in the dishwasher before buying spray paint. So could anyone who has done this please tell me whether it lasts?

    • Erin | House of Earnest August 8, 2013 at 7:43 am #

      Astrid – Similar to many handpainted glasses and goblets, these are not dishwasher safe. After-the-fact I sprayed a thin layer of shellac and handwash only.

  42. Pamela October 10, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    Love these glasses! Curious if you remember where you got the napkins, they go so well with the glass!

    • Erin | House of Earnest October 10, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

      Hi Pamela – Funny story about those napkins… I got them 2 years ago from Michaels (dollar bin, I think) and I only have one left… I use it for photoshoots because I love it so much and I iron it to keep it nice. pretty nuts :)

  43. madi December 14, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

    hi– i just love this idea — where did you get the pretty tumblers? love the size/shape

  44. Girly September 28, 2014 at 12:01 am #

    I’m so glad another blogger shared your awesome DIY post! The spray paint and gold penned dots…so cute and creative. And mid-week drink? Mmmmm :)


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