I have a really quick party DIY for you guys today! These watercolour cups were so much fun to make and cost next to nothing. You can make them to match any party theme and are so much cuter than plain old coloured paper cups. Most people don’t have 30+ glasses to give everyone at the party their own, and it’s not in our budget most of the time to rent glasses. I usually pull out mason jars for cups, because they’re so much cuter than paper or plastic BUT for this party, they were all being used for an ice cream station (so much fun!). So we were left with paper or plastic. And I love them so much, I’ll probably opt for these paper cups at parties in the future even when mason jars are available!
I have so few pictures of this process, guys. We made these for a baby shower when I was just getting my ear infection. And then I missed the party (the one I made the chalkboard for), so I didn’t even get any shots of them set up pretty, or in use. I was planning some shots with straws to make them all cute, but I’m sure you can picture it… and it’s really cute, right? Maybe someone with a perfect manicure is taking a sip? Work with me here.
So here’s the two stupid-simple steps to make these yourself.
1. Use one of the cups to mix some paint with a little bit of water. We used acrylic craft paint and watered it down to get the watercolour effect. Depending on the colour, you’ll need more or less water before it’s too sheer. The turquoise took more water than the blue before hitting the pretty watercolour look we were going for. Keep in mind if you don’t like the look of drips (I like that kind of thing) then you want to make sure to go easy on the water.
2. Lay out print paper to protect your countertop and get painting! I used this paint brush instead of a craft one, because we’re mid renos and all my craft supplies are packed away, but paint supplies are abundant. I’m sure you could use any kind- but I like how the bigger brush made it really quick to cover the bottom half of the cup.
That’s it! I had fun playing around with different designs- crosses and plaids and swooshes and such. You could do them all the same too… but I think you’ll have too much fun and get creative.
What do you use for party cups? Do you go all out and rent glassware or do you make do with what you have?