This backyard summer drink station is perfect for barbeques and parties! The easy Chalkboard Labels help to keep things organized! Sponsored by Plaid Crafts.
There’s nothing quite like a cold drink in the summer…lemonade, iced tea or even water! But quite often when I am serving multiple drink choices to friends and family, one of the main questions is “What’s in here?”
So, when I received box full of fabulous craft supplies from Plaid, I decided to pick up a drink dispenser from Walmart and add a chalkboard label! The other issue that arises is trying keeping everyone’s cups straight and a chalkboard label on the cups takes care of that too.
The way to a crafter’s heart is through craft supply swag! The package I received included 8 bottles of Folk Art paint, 1 bottle of Mod Podge Gloss, 1 bottle of Chalkboard Paint, 1 Foam Applicator Set, 1 package of Letter Stencils, a set of 9 brushes and package of 12 stencils.
I was also sent a $25 gift card with the mission to head to Walmart to purchase a something to decorate. Wow! The choices of things to decorate at Walmart is pretty much endless! I finally settled on a glass dispenser that cost $18.86 and 5 iced tea glasses which were $0.97 each.
I chose this dispenser because it is glass and I read online that others have had success using chalkboard paint on glass. I also really like the spout on this one.
Here are the supplies I planned to use for this project. The only ones I did not end up using were stencils. Also, I decided to use the Mod Podge, sort of last minute.
I traced a label shape on a piece of waxed paper and cut it out to make a stencil.
I traced around the stencil with a marker and then sanded the glass within the label area with a piece of gritty sandpaper. After sanding, I cleaned the entire area with rubbing alcohol.
Then, I taped the stencil in place. I took this picture to show the scuffed up glass. This should help the chalkboard paint adhere better.
I started applying the Folk Art Chalkboard Paint with a Plaid Foam Applicator. I think this applicator is the neatest thing! It screws right onto the paint bottle!! After a couple of layers with this tip (letting it dry in between), I switched to a paint brush for the final layers.
Then, I followed the same steps with all of the glasses but this time I used a smaller sized label stencil. Unfortunately, when I removed the stencils, the paint had dried on the stencil too and it peeled off along the edges. You can see what I mean in picture #3!
So, I switched to using a paint brush to fix the mess I made and fill in the rest of the chalkboard paint. I think I should’ve removed the stencils after applying the first coat of paint and then just did the additional layers by brush.
Next, I decided to add a fabric strip around the jar. I prepared my fabric using Mod Podge Fabric (not pictured). First, I covered my table with waxed paper. Then, I brushed the Mod Podge Fabric over both sides of the fabric strip and then hung it on my clothesline to dry.
While waiting, I mixed together some white, green and blue Folk Art Acrylic Paint to make a shade similar to the one on the fabric. Using a small tipped paintbrush, I painted a thin border around each label. You can see the label peaking out at the bottom of the middle picture.
Once the fabric was dry, I cut out the zig zag and used my Mod Podge Gloss to attach the strip to the glass dispenser. After that dried, I had to apply 2 coats of Mod Podge Gloss to the top of the fabric, allowing it to dry between coats.
Here are the cups with the chalkboard labels and the thin border. They are by no means perfect because I was doing it by hand but they will get the job done!
Now, I need to add on my disclaimer…I have no idea how these are going to hold up! I just finished the project so I am unsure how they will look over time.
I am not worried about it because I plan to handwash these items and if anything gets damaged I can just do some touch-up!