Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Frosty the Glassware

Do you remember how I wanted to frost my front door with spray? And Keith said no? Did you think I wouldn't get my frost-in-a-can fix some other way? Chalk it up to another dose of the Nate Berkus show.

This project is totally ripped from one of Nate's holiday episodes. (Yes, we are on a first name basis, even if he doesn't know it yet.) It's really simple and can be done in the space of a baby's afternoon nap. Even a cat-napping baby like mine. Here's what you are going to need:

• Clear glassware – vases, candle holders, anything you like. I found mine at the dollar store.
• Window frost spray – I used Rust-oleum Frosted Glass. You should be able to find it at any hardware or home improvement store.
• Rubber bands – If you are crazy like me, you have created a giant rubber band ball from the ones that come on the newspaper every day. Please tell me there is someone else out there who does this.
• A well-ventilated area – I used the garage on a mild and sunny afternoon.

First, you are going to want to wash and dry your glassware. If you have to pull a price sticker off, be sure to get all that residue off. I used Goof Off on mine.

When the glass is good and dry, wrap the rubber bands around the glass in whatever arrangement you like, using however many look good to you. Be careful to keep them pretty flat and not overlap them too much. The flatter the bands lay, the crisper your finished lines will look. I say this from experience.

Take your glass to your well-ventilated area, turn it upside down on some newspaper, and spray the outside of it. My brand of spray said to do several coats a few minutes apart but that might vary from brand to brand so be sure to read your can.

Sorry, no good action shot but I figured I didn't want to frost my camera lens.

Once the frosted glass is dry (it only takes about 15 minutes) you can pull the rubber bands off. Then you get some chic, custom glassware. And if you are really classy like me, you put a battery-operated tea light in it.

In my defense, I made these for a gift so I didn't want to light a real candle in it and get wax everywhere. Mainly because I didn't want to have to clean it. You know me.

The whole project cost less than $10 and I have lots of frost spray left. Hmm...what can I spray before Keith gets home?


  1. And if I may say... they look even prettier in person, especially with real candles and gathered in the middle of my table! Thank you!!

  2. What a cool project! Frosted glass candle holders and vases look great in general, but the rubberband effect is awesome. Great job and thank you so much for using Rust-Oleum.

  3. Claudia, I'm glad you are enjoying them!

    Scott, thanks for stopping by! I was really pleased with how well your product worked!

  4. How cool is that!!! You and your friend Nate are so very clever.


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