I’m well aware that it’s January, but I’ve made it through my annual Christmas hangover and find myself planning for next year already. Also, I need to make use of the clear craft bulbs I’ve purchased on clearance from Michael’s Arts & Crafts, stored away and forgotten about over the past few years. I tend to keep neon acrylic paint stocked at all times, and when the cheap stuff is on sale, I scoop up some extra bottles to have on hand for when the urge to turn things neon orange hits. And, I love hand lettering. Combine all three of those things and voila! This happens:
How can you not love them?!? Very bright and fun, fast and easy, and Lilly Pulitzer-esque. Kids’ll like making them, too, because there’s ooey-gooey paint involved.
What you need:
- Clear glass craft bulbs (the flatter, disc-like bulbs as they’re easier to write on)
- Acrylic paint in neon shades (I used Craft Smart Acrylic Paint, $.79/2 oz. bottle @Michaels)
- Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Pen
- Remove the tops of the bulbs and put them somewhere safe, out of children’s reach.
- Squeeze paint inside the bulb as you turn it from side to side, attempting to get splashes of paint in different spots. Mix colors for fun combinations – but not too many colors in the same bulb! Remember those primary/secondary rules from elementary school art class and try to apply to neon colors. No one likes neon brown.
- Put your thumb over the bulb opening and hold firmly as you SHAKE in all directions. This spreads the paint all around the inside of the bulb. Try to cover the entire glass. This helps the writing show up bolder and clearer.
- Set the bulbs upright so air can get inside, and let it set for an hour or two. Then, pour out the excess paint pooled in the bottom of the bulb.
- Prep the outside surface for writing with a paint pen by wiping with a clean cloth and some rubbing alcohol, or warm water and vinegar and let dry.
- Put your hand-lettering skills to work! Use the paint pen to create fun words or designs on the outside. Or, leave the surface blank (the bulbs are beautiful with or without)!
- Let your gorgeous bulbs dry. Bonus: the oil-based paint dries quickly.
Recap the bulbs and tie a pretty string or ribbon through the top hoop.
Store away for Christmas decorating or gift-giving, or hang now for an instant mood lift! I have these scattered along a brass-rimmed, glass bookshelf in my office and they fit in all year-round, I.M.O. They will grace my tree next December, guaranteed.