How to make funky frosted glass centerpieces

Guest post by Adrienne Lalli

chollacholla made these AWEMAZING frosted glass centerpieces for her wedding shindig. The sky is the limit with this idea… beakers, mason jars, intricate vases, dollar store vases etc. Minimal materials are involved, and they will create one helluva'n ambiance. Introooducing… Adrienne Lalli and her wonderful frosted centerpieces! – Offbeat Shrie

I bought about 20 dollars worth of old clear and colored glassware and used a frosting spray to make them diffuse. They allegedly burn for a week, but I'm going to have a friend assemble them right before the reception.

The reception is in a dim room, so I hope that they'll just cast a nice ambient glow for the guests. You can do a whole lot of things with LEDs!


Step 1:
Assemble your glassware. I found all the glass pieces by hitting up the local flea market (if you say it's for your wedding, they might give you a good deal). I looked for old mason jars, flower vases, and other containers that were clear and free of any printed material. I then threw everything through the dishwasher for a good squeaky cleanin'.

Step 2:
Frost the glassware. I purchased a can of frosting spray but failed to practice before applying it to the glassware. It came out pretty drippy and weird, so in a moment of panic, I used sandpaper to add “texture” and make it look intentionally imperfect. I've also heard that local sandblasting shops will frost glass for really cheap. I would recommend looking around if you want a perfect, professional look.

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Step 3:
Add stuffing. I stuffed the glassware with plain ol' white tissue paper to further diffuse the light inside. I imagine you could fill it with shredded paper, Easter grass, or leaves to get different effects! LEDs generally don't emit heat, so flammability shouldn't be an issue (though I would try it out first).

Step 4:
Assemble LEDs. This is super easy: after procuring your components, simply straddle the “legs” of the diodes over the button battery. However, these legs are polarized, so if the LED doesn't work, flip it over. The current has to flow in a specific direction. Once good contact has been established, secure the legs to the battery (tight!) with scotch tape. Tons of information on LED assembly is available online: just Google “throwies” for more instruction. These bad boys will burn for a week at least, so you can even make them the night before the reception.

Step 5:
Drop several LEDs into each container. Depending on the light level of your venue, you may want more or fewer LEDs. Test it out to see how bright you want it to light, or how moody you want them to look.

Ta da! Beautiful, DIY, handmade centerpieces that will light your event and wowzer your guests!

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Comments on How to make funky frosted glass centerpieces

  1. You can get them on Ebay, or through the link I noted! There are many places online you can get bulk LEDs for cheap, and also Frye’s stores.

  2. awesome! Thank you! I didn’t know there was such a thing as frosting spray…I could totally do this… and a week in advance using those led bad boys;) fabulous!

  3. wow! my wedding is over but im totally using this idea for a summer cookout party thing! thanks!

  4. the martha has an equally cool tutorial on how to DIY your own mercury glass look-alikes using thrifted glass, a spray bottle, and mirror spray paint. she photographed then filled with candles above a mantle, but they would make a really swell centerpiece at your wedding.

  5. Thanks for this!

    I’m another one who didn’t even know there was such a thing as ‘frosting spray’ but I love knowing it’s possible to DIY frosted glass. (I’d always assumed it was something that had to be done when the glass was made.)

    I might not use this for anything wedding related but I’m bookmarking it for future projects.

    Also I’m stealing the word ‘awemazing’.

  6. I love this tip. Thank you so much. What a great idea!! You can also just paint the interior of a Ball Canning Jar with latex paint. Voila, instant mood.

  7. Thanks for the idea, I organise raves and this would be a totally fantastic idea for mellow lighting a chill out space.
    If you slide a thin piece of plastic under one of LED legs to break the contact with the battery you would then have a simple pull tab switch so they don’t need to be switched on until the day. This means you could then put them together well in advance instead of trying to shoe horn the job during all the stress of the last few days of organizing time.

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