Yesterday I shared a fun fox themed bridal shower that I created for my friend Marissa. I partnered with Chinet, and used their cut crystal line of products to create personalized dinner ware to fit the theme of the party. Today I'll be sharing the step-by-step DIY, and you'll be blown away by just how easy it is. In conjunction with this DIY, I'm also doing a give-away from Chinet, so you can create your own personalized dinnerware, inspired by this event. See below for details on how to enter!
- Chinet Cut Crystal plates in 7 or 10 inches.
- Glue Stick.
- Colorful coordinating papers. You can find these at most any craft or art store, the ones pictured came from Paper Source.
- Optional: circle cutter and cutting mat.
There are different tools you can use for this project. If you are only doing a handful of plates the scissors and pencil method works. However if you plan to do a large volume I'd suggest you invest in a circle cutter and cutting mat. They are about $25, I purchased one from the Martha Stewart craft line. I'll go over both methods below.
Take your plate and flip it over upside down. Place your paper on the plate and carefully rub around the raised edge of the bottom until you see an outline. Carefully cut just inside this line. Save this first circle, and use it as a template. Trace around it onto the back of your papers until you have as many circles as you need, then cut them out with your scissors.
If you plan to use a circle cutter start by measuring the bottom of your plate to get the correct diameter. I'd recommend setting the circle cutter an 1/8 inch smaller than this measurement. Place your paper on your cutting mat, it doesn't necessarily matter if it's pattern or blank side up. Following the instructions for your circle cutter create a circle from your paper. Repeat as many times as you need to get the right amount for your plates. Once you have the cutter at the correct settings this method is much faster than the trace and cut.
Next you'll adhere your circles to the plates. With your paper pattern side up, go around the outer edge with a glue stick, and then swirl it into the center. With your plate still upside down carefully place your paper onto the plate, and rub gently to adhere to the plate. Flip it over and you're done. Now you have a lovely plate to match your events decor.
- Chinet Cut Crystal cups. They come in the 9oz. and 14 oz. I chose the 14 oz. for this event.
- Washi tape in colors that coordinate with your event.
- If you are doing a monogram you can print on paper or adhesive labels. If you print on paper you'll need double sided tape to adhere to the cups.
- Optional: Colorful paper straws.
Take your cups and begin to wrap them in washi tape. Place the tape about an inch from the top of the cup so people have room to drink. Carefully go all the way around the cup, trying to keep the tape as straight as you can. Cut or tear your tape off where it meets your starting point. Layer the tapes as much as you want. I used two colors, white with gold dots, and red and white striped fabric tape. Fun! Cut out and add your monogram with double sided tape. I used it right over the seam to cover it up. If you are using adhesive labels then simply add them to your cups.
Display your cups on a drink station so guests can appreciate how cute they are. Add your striped paper straws or pre-garnish with fruit if you desire. Sip and enjoy!
That's it. See, I told you it would be easy! Chinet has graciously offered to do a give-away of a prize pack of items inspired by this event and DIY. If you're getting ready to host your own event soon, you should definitely enter and try out these fun personalization methods for yourself. To enter just leave a comment on this post sharing what fun event you plan to use the items for. Make sure to add your name and e-mail so I can get in touch if you win. Enter by Tuesday of next week, I'll announce the winner on Wednesday!