Spring-Fling Glassware
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Spring-Fling Glassware

The irresistible and regal iris takes center stage when handpainted on a handsome cake plate and cover.

Iris-Covered Glasses

What You Need:

Paint the dishes at least one
week before the party.

  • Glassware items
  • Paintbrush
  • Non-toxic Glossies Liquitex paints in various colors


1. Download the free pattern for this project. (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software.)


2. Start with clean dishes, washed in soap and water and then rinsed in a 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar.

3. Outline a checkerboard pattern on the underside of plates using nontoxic Glossies Liquitex blue-purple paint; let dry.

4. Fill in the grid's squares, alternating nontoxic aqua, purple, and blue-purple paint. Apply the same geometric design to the outside rim of dessert goblets, and paint a 1/4-inch blue-purple circle on each goblet bottom; let dry.

5. Enlarge the downloaded pattern on a copy machine to the size that fits the circumference of your cake cover. You may need to copy it onto more than one page.

6. Tape the stencil page(s) onto the inside of the cake cover and trace the stencil's outline on the outside of the cake cover using nontoxic Glossies Liquitex paints.

7. Brush on the irises first using purple and blue-purple paint for the petals and white and yellow-orange paint to accent the centers; let dry. Then paint a purple 1/4-inch line approximately 1-1/2 inches down from the top of the cake plate. The irises should peek over the line; let dry.

8. Carefully paint around the irises and under the 1/4-inch purple line with aqua paint; let dry.

9. Brush the cake cover handle and the outside rim of the cake plate with blue-purple paint; let dry. For a finishing touch, flip the cake plate over so it's sitting on its rim, and paint a 1/2-inch blue-purple circle along the perimeter of the cake plate base; let dry.

10. Prevent damage to the paint as you're working on the project by baking the piece in the oven 30 to 40 minutes at 325 degrees F (or as the label directs), then continue to paint. You can bake the piece again as you finish more painting and when the painting is complete.

11. Set the color permanently by baking the glassware after the paint has dried for at least 24 hours. Place glassware in a cool oven, set the oven at 325 degrees F, and bake for 45 minutes. Let oven cool before you remove the glassware. The painted glassware is dishwasher-safe after it's baked, but handwash it to ensure lasting color.

12. When the glassware is ready to use, dress the table in style with a white tablecloth adorned with a purple-and-blue patchwork table runner. Set the table, with each napkin tucked under a plate and hanging over the edge of the table, and pull up four old, mismatched chairs painted in lilac, turquoise, and green. For a finishing touch, place a beautifully wrapped present on each chair.

Painting Tips

This cake cover will
brighten any tabletop.

  • Choose opaque, translucent, or transparent paint for the look you desire. Opaque paint gives a solid swipe of color. Translucent and transparent colors show brush strokes and allow light to shine through the paint.
  • Shake the paint before use, then experiment with different techniques. Don't worry about mistakes. You can wash off unwanted paint with a scouring pad before baking.
  • Prevent damage to the paint as you're working on the project by periodically baking the piece in the oven 30 to 40 minutes at 325 degrees F (or as the paint label directs), then continue to paint.
  • Use an acrylic artist's paintbrush to fill in the flower color. If you use translucent or transparent colors, apply two or more coats.
  • Use a medium coat of paint. Heavy coats may bubble when baked; thin coats may not withstand dishwashing. Use no more than 25 percent water to thin paints.
  • Allow adequate drying time. Don't apply a second coat too quickly; the bottom layer of paint will peel off as you paint. If this happens, remove all the paint and start over.
  • Don't paint where food will touch. Although the paint is non-toxic, paint only the underside or outside surfaces of clear glassware.
  • The painted glassware is dishwasher safe, but hand-wash it to ensure lasting color.