Neon Party Jam Jars Glasses Personalised with Puffy Paint
One thing I can’t stand at a party is bajilions of paper and plastic cups. But anyone who has ever thrown a (budget) kids party will know that its not practical to use normal glasses, unless you have a ton of staff collecting and washing said glasses. The kids go through half a dozen each, and definitely don’t keep the same glass to refill. My solution is to personalise their glasses, so that they hang on to the same one, and return to refill it when they want a top up. For my sons graduation party therefore, I made neon party jam jar glasses, and wrote the kids names in puffy paint.The kids used the same glass all evening, and then took the glasses away at the end of the night to use as a pen pot. Result. Minimal washing up on the night.
- Recycled jam jars of approximately the same volume – ideally with a wide neck. Sterilised, and with labels removed.
- Spray paint in a variety of colours (we used three different neon colours)
- Masking tape
- Tin Foil
- Puffy Paint in a variety of colours
Firstly make sure the jars are glue and label free – the most time consuming part of the task. Some of the glue on jam jars could withstand re- entry to the earth its so strong. Labels off, and glue removed, make sure the jars are scrupulously clean. I tend to run through the dishwasher and soak in boiled soapy water to make sure every last scrap of food residue is removed. If you have nut allergy sufferers attending, pay particular attention to nutella and peanut butter type jars.
Once clean, spray paint the jars.
Although the kids will be drinking from straws, I didn’t want the paint going right up to the rim, as its not food safe. To get a nice crisp line, seal masking tape around the jam jar, trying to get no creases or bubbles.
Covered the hole in foil to stop paint going inside the jar.Then let loose with the spray can. I used yellow, orange and pink. The orange and pink gave by far the best coverage. Use two thin coats per jar and leave to dry.
When dry, write each of the childrens names on the jars in puffy paint. I wrote mine free hand, but if you are worries about spacing, stick a piece of paper with the name printed in dark ink inside the jar, and use that as a guide.These saved a ton of plastic glasses, or washing up proper glasses, and at the end of the evening, the kids kept their jars, and took them home to use as pen pots.