How to Make Gold-Dipped Plates

finished-plate Gold-dipped accents add class to any party. From gold-dipped flatware to gold-dipped vases, we can’t get enough of the gold-dipped trend! But how can you achieve this decorative look without paying a ridiculous price? That’s simple — by upcycling items you already have around the house. Thanks to simple tutorials like this one, it’s easier (and more affordable) than ever to have your own gold-dipped plates that are sure to impress your guests!

plate supplies

What You’ll Need:

  • White plates
  • Gold spray paint (We used “Krylon Metallic Gold.”)
  • Painter’s tape
  • Plastic shopping bag

How-To:

tape plate

Step One: Wipe down the plate to remove any dust or dirt.

Step Two: Use the plastic shopping bag to cover the area you wish to keep white. Then tape it down using the painter’s tape. (We suggest leaving about ⅓ of the plate showing.)

paint plate

Step Three: Spray paint the uncovered section of the plate.

Step Four: Let it dry overnight.

Step Five: Repeat steps three and four as many times as neede for complete coverage. (This step is optional. :) Maybe yours will be covered to your liking after the first coat.)

drying plate

Step Six: Remove tape carefully to reveal your now gold-dipped plate.

finished-plate

This DIY is so simple, but looks very sophisticated. It’s the best of both worlds! For extra “wow,” make two-toned (or gold-dipped) glasses or polka dot plates, too!

How to Make Sparkling Vases

Here at Scarves Dot Net,  we love glitz and glamour. From sparkling scarves to sparkling centerpieces, we want it all. Granted, you can buy all the expensive glittered “conversation starters” you want. But, what’s the fun in that? We recommend DIYing them to really give people something to talk about without breaking the bank.

finished glitter vase

Follow these simple steps to create your own perfect table toppers (like glittered vases), and add more sparkle to your life!

glitter vase materials

What You’ll Need:

  • Mod Podge
  • Vases (Ours were Goodwill finds!)
  • Glitter
  • Paint Brush

How-To:

glitter vase step 2

Step One - Mix your Mod Podge and glitter. We used a ratio of 1/4 cup Mod Podge to 4 tablespoons glitter. (You will want to use plenty of glitter, so don’t be bashful!)

Step Two - Paint your vases, entirely covering each of them in one coat of the mixture you’ve prepared. At first, the vases will simply look white, leading you to think, “What have I done?!?” But…

glitter vase drying

Step Three - Be patient, and let your masterpieces dry. Let them dry overnight, just to be safe.

Step Four - Repeat these steps to make sure there are no non-glittered spaces!

vases on display

Extra! Extra! We put some amazing DIY flowers in our sparkly centerpieces to complete the look. Just watch this video, like we did, to learn how to make the flowers. Go glitz or go home! ♥

How to Make Two-Toned Cups

finished cupTrying to throw a pinkies-up affair without a pinkies-up budget? We have the perfect solution for you. When we throw a party, we love to make every detail perfect (and only appear expensive) — even down to the cups. Check out our two-toned cups that will impress your most swanky gal pal at your next event.

cup materials

What You’ll Need:

  • Cups (These simple mock wine glasses are what we used.)

  • Paint (This “Pure Gold Folk Art” acrylic paint works great.)

  • Small bowl
  • Wax paper (We substituted aluminum foil, but we still recommend using wax paper. The paint from the cups stuck to the aluminum, making them hard to pull off after drying.)

How-To:

diy two-toned cup step 1

Step One: Pour the paint into a small bowl. Keep in mind that the bowl must be wide enough for the base of the glass, but not so wide that the paint flattens out and you lose depth. You want the paint to be about 1-2 inches deep, depending on how high you’d like the paint to be on the stems of your glasses.

Step Two: Dip the base of your glass in the paint. Watch for bubbles!

Step Three: Bring your glass out of the paint slowly, allowing the excess paint to drip back into the bowl. Also, swivel your wrist to ensure the base is covered evenly and there are no streaks on the cups.

cups step 2

Step Four: Set the glass base-down on wax paper.

cups step 3

Step Five: Let them dry overnight. The next day, when you pull them off, the very bottom of the cups may be wet. Get a fresh piece of wax paper and set the cups upside down to allow the bottom to dry.

finished cups

Pour, cheers, and drink up with these festive DIY cups! If you need serving platters to match, we suggest our gold-dipped plates.

 

 

 

How to DIY Paper Mache Letters

If you want a unique but inexpensive way to decorate and personalize your next party, there is a simple fix. It’s as easy as A-B-C, literally! Head to your local craft store to grab your pre-made cardboard or paper mache letters of choice. (Choose letters to showcase an activity, highlight your party theme, serve as personal monogram decorations, etc.) Then, just follow our instructions below!

DIY craft table

(At Scarves Dot Net, we have a crafting table in our office. We thought, why not highlight this table with a craft itself? We DIY’d “DIY.”)

What You’ll Need:

  • Letters for your word of choice (We bought ours here.)
  • Spray paint (We used “Krylon Metallic Gold.”)

How-To:

DIY paper mache letters step 1

Step One - Lay your letters out on old newspaper or a similar material, as to avoid damaging any surfaces in the area where you’ll be painting.

DIY paper mache letters step 2

Step Two - Go crazy with the spray paint on the letters! Or just lightly spray them — your choice. Either way, be sure to get all of the nooks and crannies, so you don’t have any uncovered spots. Also, watch out for runny paint. You want to make sure the letters look smooth!

Step Three - Let your letters dry for a few hours. (The heavier the paint coat, the more time needed.)

Step Four - Repeat until you have your desired shade of color.

finished DIY paper mache letters

This sounds very simple … and that’s because it is! Want to up the ante? You can always pair this easy-peasy DIY with these polka dot plates and a glittered vase to create an even greater glam atmosphere.