Hi crafty friends! Are you as excited for Easter as I am? It’s one of my favorite times of year! I love the pastel colors, the family get-togethers, and of course, the candy!
One of my favorite things to do, for any holiday, is to create handmade gifts for my family and friends. For Easter this year, I thought I’d give handmade tumblers a try.
I used the Spin It Pro from We R Memory Keepers to create my tumblers.
I opted to use small, 12 oz. wine tumblers for my project. I purchased these at Michael’s, but any tumbler will do. Keep in mind, if you’re using a stainless steel one, to add a coat of paint to the outside of the tumbler first. This will make the colors and glitters you use more opaque and is a great way to prime the tumbler. The tumblers I used came pre-painted with white paint.
The first step is to line the inside of the tumbler using tape. I used plain masking tape and it worked great. This will help to ensure that epoxy does not get on the inside of the tumbler.
Next, attach the tumbler to the Spin It Pro; to do this, simply squeeze the rubbered arm with one hand, and slide the tumbler onto it using your other hand.
To prep the tumbler further, use alcohol to clean any oils or dirt off of the surface. This will give you a nice, clean tumbler to work with.
Next, it’s time for the epoxy! As always, follow safety precautions; wear gloves, wear a mask, and work in a well-ventilated area when dealing with epoxy.
To start, mix together equal parts of both Part A and Part B from the Epoxy Kit. Measure these out using measuring cups for more accuracy and a more reliable epoxy solution. Add these two parts to a cup and mix them together slowly using a wooden stick for 2-5 minutes, until the epoxy is clear. Avoid mixing the solution too fast as that will cause air bubbles to form.
Once your epoxy is mixed, turn the Spin It Pro machine on and add a thin layer of clear epoxy to your tumbler. Use your gloved fingers to smooth the epoxy out to create a nice, even layer.
Next, mix up some pastel colors using clear epoxy and mica powder. I used light pink, teal, green, and a pearlescent white. Mix these all individually until well combined. You won’t need too much of each color as a little bit goes a long way for this design.
Starting with the darkest color, add a few lines going diagonally down the length of the tumbler as it spins. I usually add four lines for the first color, making sure to space them out evenly across the surface of the tumbler. Next, use your finger to gently and carefully spread out the colored epoxy you placed to create a marbled look. Once done with the first and darkest color, move on to the next color, filling in white or empty spaces on the tumbler as you go.
Once you’ve added all of your chosen colors (I used 4), touch up the cup to get a look you’re happy with. If you want more of a swirled marble look, mix the colors more as you go.
Lastly, for a bit of extra fun, add some glitter in any color to a bit of clear epoxy and layer that onto your cup in the same way you added the colors.
Once done, allow the cup to spin for 4 hours, then sit overnight to fully cure.
To make this project that much more perfect for Easter, I’ve added some chocolate filled goodie bags to each cup.
These tumblers are such a fun gift that can be personalized and customized for any occasion! Take care and happy crafting!