Dollar Store DIY Monogrammed Gifts – Drinking Glasses

By the end of the day, we usually have a dozen dirty glasses lined up on the counter …

but there are only four people in my family.

Where are these glasses coming from?

They multiply like rabbits when I turn my back to put away the Reese’s Puffs.

Dollar store monogrammed gifts - drinking glasses (great idea for every member of the family)!

I am rebelling against my dishpan hands and creating a simple solution to this serious problem.

A monogram.

Yes, one for every member of the family.


Talk about a cinch.

The Deets:

* Apply large initial (for the last name) self-adhesive stencil (I used Martha Stewart for Plaid)
* Apply glass paint with a paint brush (I used Martha Stewart for Plaid – Obsideon Glitter)
* Peel off stencil while paint is still wet
* Let dry completely (I waited one day)
* Apply smaller initials (first name first and middle name last)
* Repeat painting process and remove stencils
* Let “cure” before using (follow paint directions for curing times)

– I did this over two days so I could get my initials closer together.
– Make sure to rinse paint from stencils and dry before reusing (learned my lesson the hard way)!

Dollar store monogrammed gifts - drinking glasses (great idea for every member of the family)!
Know of someone who wants to adopt all of my extra glasses …

we won’t be needing them anymore.


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  1. This is genius, I have the same problem in my home with 3 kids and always an extra neighborhood kid also! Love this and maybe this is a fun project for them to use as a Christmas Gift!

  2. If I thought this would actually work in my house, I’d give it a try. We only have 2 people in our home and there are always dozens of glasses on the counter….and it isn’t me using ’em…just sayin’.
    I will, however, be giving your cocktail a try! It sounds delicious!

  3. Thanks for sharing this tutorial! I just bought some Dollar Tree glasses. I think I need to monogram them! Have a great week!

  4. I have this same problem, too! What a great solution! I am definitely going to try this. Can you tell me where you found the stencils?


  5. Oh how cute are these! And so easy. This will be a fun project with the grandkids.
    Debbie :)

  6. Ok, let me know if this REALLY solves the problem! They’re awesome… and I like your thinking. :-)
    xo Heidi

  7. Kelly, I love these monogrammed glasses. Southerners love our monograms. Glasses seem to multiply here, too with just the two of us.

  8. Love the glasses! I think this is a great idea to make for our two married children and their spouses for Christmas!

  9. What a great and pretty idea!

  10. These are so cute! Love them!

  11. Great idea! But can you not use them in the dishwasher afterwards?

  12. Great gift idea too!! Since all my little ones have grown and gone, I don’t have your problem anymore….but this is a good solution!

  13. These are perfecto. They look like a million bucks…certainly Not the dollar tree:) Classy!

  14. I’m on my way over for a cocktail!! Hope you’re settling back in after Sandy. When weather gets cold up north, we can a caravan of visitors … cousins left today, in-laws come tonight … just trying to keep up … and a cocktail in these cool glasses sound perfect right now!

  15. Great glasses…they have such a beautiful, sophisticated look…so it calls for a very sophisticated drink…so how about a great root beer float!!! :)

  16. These are such a great idea! They look beautiful and how special for everyone to have their own monogrammed glass to drink from!

  17. Great idea! LOVE it!

  18. Great idea since whenever there’s a glass anywhere, my husband takes it and thinks it’s his!

  19. What a fabulous idea. love it. Happy Thanksgiving!!

  20. These are fabulous for Christmas gifts! Thanks for sharing!
    Barbara at Chase the Star

  21. Now this a great idea, I have that multiplying glass problem too. They look really elegant too.

  22. We could use those glasses at my house! Love the monogram idea. Found you from Debbie Doo’s party. :)

  23. Thanks for sharing with the party Kelly!

  24. Thanks for linking up chicka ūüėČ I hear your sister is getting a set of these! What a super personal gift :)
    Happy Holidays to you and yours :)

  25. I love that they all “match” so still look good in the cabinet… but that everyone very clearly has their own! Simple solutions are the BEST!

  26. This is a wonderful thought. My only thing is, should I bake them once the paint is dried to insure that they wont wash off?

  27. Must try this! Pinned it already, thanks Kelly! your the best!

  28. So would you get the stencils, paint, and cups all from the dollar store?

  29. I painted some wine glasses to give as gifts. The directions I have told me to bake them in the oven. Your directions don’t say anything about baking. Necessary or not?? I want to do more but do not want to bake if not necessary. I see where someone asked this question but did not get an answer.


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