Valentine's Day not only serves as a day to celebrate the expression of the love of couples, but also the love of parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles, siblings and others for the children in their lives. A child's drink glass hand-decorated with Valentine's Day symbols, the words "I Love You" and/or a child's name or photo immediately shows the love you feel. In addition, a Valentine's Day decorated drink glass can serve as a keepsake for the child to hold onto into adulthood. Whether you have artistic talent, you can easily design and decorate kids glasses using stickers or paint.
Write down or rough sketch your design ideas for the placement of the stickers. For example, your child's name made with alphabet stickers on a large heart, or a coil or corkscrew design of heart stickers that wraps around a glass starting below the rim of the mouth of the glass, then encircling it until it reaches right above the bottom of the glass. The coil or corkscrew design could have stickers of the same size, or start with small hearts increasing until largest at the middle, then decreasing in size again as they reach the bottom of the glass.
Purchase clear and/or colored kids drink glasses in several sizes--plastic or resin smaller glasses for younger children or larger ones made of glass for older children--and small and large Valentine's Day-related/non-related stickers and/or alphabet stickers.
Edit your original design or redesign if you found additional stickers or sticker kits with ideas that expand on or completely replace your original design idea.
Wash your kids glasses with a mild detergent and a microfiber cloth. When finished, rinse under running tap water and dry completely with a clean microfiber cloth.
Position and apply one corner of the first sticker following your design to your glass. Once you have confirmed its position/placement, gently rub the rest of the sticker in place with your thumb or index finger. Repeat with the rest of your stickers.
Create a design and/or purchase Valentine's Day symbol (for example, hearts, arrows, cupids or ladybugs) stencils to paint on the glass.
Purchase water/heat-resistant glass, window, nontoxic and/or washable decorative paints such as Plaid Glass Paints or Marabu-fun & fancy. Keep in mind when looking at paints that a wide variety exist--some create an opaque design while others create a permanent stained-glass design or a translucent removable/repositionable window cling.
Wash, rinse and dry your glass/glasses.
Brush your paint onto the surface of the glass following your design and any instructions that came with the paint. If using a stencil, tape the stencil in place on the glass beforehand, then apply your paint using an art sponge or brush.
Set each glass aside as completed and allow to dry at least 24 hours.
About this Author
Based in Southern Pennsylvania, Bertha M. Chambers has been writing on a wide range of topics for over a decade. Her work has appeared in projects by The National Network for Artist Placement, the-phone-book Limited and GateHouse Media. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Shippensburg University.