One of my favorite things to collect is vintage barware, and I have a pretty good collection of gold-tinged glasses, decanters, and pitchers that actually get used when we have parties (although if you aren’t sure if a vintage decanter has lead in it, just use it for decoration!). When getting a housewarming gift for a friend, I always like to try to find something that would suit them in the “playing host or hostess” category—you know, a serving tray, cute cheese knives, or a decanter and glasses set for the bar cart! Ever since last year when I saw that you can use a certain kind of gold vinyl to decorate glass, I’ve been wanting to try it, and I thought that making a set as a housewarming present would be the perfect time to give it a try! One way to do this sort of thing is to use a vinyl cutter, but I used two methods that don’t need a cutter in case you don’t have one.
So, the first way you can go about decorating your barware is to use a paper punch. Paper punches come in all shapes and sizes. It will punch a certain shape out of a piece of paper so you can basically use it to make a sticker out of your vinyl sheet, and they will be perfectly cut each time. I have had issues using punches before with other types of vinyl (it would get through the top sticker layer but not the heavier backing beneath), but the vinyl I linked above was pretty easy to punch all the way through.
If you are dealing with small decals, I find it easiest to peel the backing off with the tip of an X-Acto knife, place the sticker on the tip of the knife, and then use the knife to position the sticker in place. Makes it so much easier.
To do a more custom decoration on the glass or decanter, you can create a word or phrase in Photoshop (here’s the file that I created for mine), flip the word so it will print backwards, and then print it onto the back of the gold vinyl (just cut a sheet of the vinyl to 8.5″ x 11″). Give the ink a moment to dry, and then place a paper towel over top of it and press down to remove any excess ink from the back of the vinyl (or it will come off on your hands during the next part).
Use your X-Acto knife to cut out your shape and phrase letters (the thicker your letters are, the easier they are to cut out for beginner X-Acto knife users). Peel off the backing, and carefully place the sticker onto your decanter or glasses. I have the letters as negative space for my decal, but you could also just cut out each letter and make your phrase with the cut out letters.
Allow your gold decals to set for a few days before washing or handling.
Pretty!! You could also do a custom word or phrase (or their initials or last name) on the decanter to personalize this set for someone you know. Like vintage gold barware requires, I would suggest hand washing this set, so make sure to note that if you give this as a present. I know I love getting gold barware as a gift, so this may be the perfect housewarming present for someone that you know too! Cheers! xo. Laura
Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.