Decorating Cocktail Glasses

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Decorating Cocktail Glasses
Take this simple cocktail glass to the next level with funky decorations. (cocktail image by AGphotographer from

With fun drinks like cosmopolitans or margaritas on your drink menu, you are in for a festive night. Why not add to the fun with ornate decorative glass wear? Any shape of glass can be decorated for a wide range of occasions. Best of all, this project can be made in a limited amount of time and on a budget. Add a funky twist to your next cocktail party with handmade decorative cocktail glasses.

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Things you need

  • Cocktail glasses
  • Glass cleaner
  • Feather boa
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Chipboard letters with adhesive backing
  • Wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Gemstones with adhesive backing

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  1. 1

    Clean the cocktail glasses with glass cleaner. Make sure to fully remove any price tags or stickers from the surface of the glass.

  2. 2

    Wrap the feather boa around the base of the glass to determine how much of the boa you will need per glass. Cut the feather boa to the desired lengths.

  3. 3

    Apply a small bead of hot glue around the base edge of the cocktail glass. Press the feather boa onto the hot glue. Move in sections to prevent the hot glue from hardening before you have attached the boa.

  4. 4

    Wrap the stem of your cocktail glasses with pipe cleaners in the desired colour. Intertwine two different coloured pipe cleans for a more intricate look. If your party has a theme, choose colours that coordinate with the theme. Or you could use pipe cleaners in different colours to denote which glass belongs to each person at the party.

  5. 5

    Use a small piece of wire, about an inch long, to attach a chipboard letter around the stem of the glass. For a more prominent display, remove the adhesive backing from the chipboard letter and attach the letter directly to the surface of the cocktail glass. Place the glass in the centre of the dinner plate if you want your cocktail glasses to double as place holders.

  6. 6

    Remove the adhesive backing from your gemstones and apply them directly to the glasses. Add gemstones to the chipboard letters to add extra glitz to your cocktail glasses.

Tips and warnings

  • Use these methods separately or together depending on how decorative you want your cocktail glasses to be.
  • Buy cheap glasses at a local value store and give them to party guests as favours.

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