I love these tumblers for DIY wedding favours as they are so easy to modify to your theme. Having a boho wedding? Use a mix of eclectic glasses from thrift stores. Keeping it minimalist and chic? Use straight-sided simple glasses from Ikea. And then of course you can mix up the colours and patterns to suit. I went with metallic gold and a monogram for this project but you could use whatever colour or pattern you like.

And lastly of course, how you use them is up to you. Here I have popped in an air plant for the guest to take home as these are super easy to look after and won’t wilt on the day. You can also use them as centrepieces with candles or little posies, fill them with sweets or chocolate and wrap in a cello bag, or even personalise each one with the guest’s name and use as a place setting.

– Clean, dry glasses. You can get these cheaply from thrift stores, Kmart, Ikea, $2 shops etc.

– Metallic gold Posca pen or if you prefer colours, grab a Porcelaine (china paint) pen. You can get these from craft stores.

– Cotton buds and water.

– Oven.

– Air plants or whatever you would like to fill the glasses with. You can pick up air plants at any good plant nursery.


Press the pen down on some paper to start the paint flowing. Depending on your design, you might like to practice it on paper first. Draw your design on the glasses. Use smooth, even pressure for the best results.  If you make a mistake, don’t worry! Just dip a cotton bud in water and wipe it off. Make sure the glass is completely dry before drawing on it again.

Leave the glasses to dry for 24 hours. Bake in a 150°C (conventional) oven for 35 minutes. Allow to cool. Your lovely glasses are now done! And the best part is, you can even put them through the dishwasher and the pattern will remain.

* For info on how to look after air plants check out this page.


The tumblers look cute with candles too!

Images and tutorial by emerald + ella

I’m Jane Howard, the girl behind emerald + ella – an online shop and blog which encompass a world of beautiful, eclectic things. I’m also a recipe writer, food stylist, vintage collector, New Zealander, married to an Aussie boy, aspirational crafter, wine drinker, pulled pork sandwich lover and basically just a girl who likes pretty bits and pieces.