Many of my friends are observing Ramadan right now, and along with hosting Iftar get-togethers, they are also planning Eid celebrations. When I think of Eid, one of the first things that pops into my mind is gorgeous Arabic henna designs. I always see the women at my local Indian shops with gorgeous henna designs in the days leading up to and after Eid. I got thinking of ways that you could bring henna inspired designs to your festive table for an Eid celebration or any other desi party, and this tutorial came about. Side note – I know that alcohol is not served at Eid parties, but these glasses are generally referred to as champagne flutes, so I’ve used that in the title. I think these would be great for serving some of my Rooh Afza lemonade too!
These henna champagne flutes have been floating around the internet for a few years now (I’m not sure who originally came up with the idea), and I can usually free-hand the design, but it can be intimidating for someone that isn’t familiar with henna art. Last year I came up with a little trick for transferring henna designs onto votive candles, and I’m using the same idea here. Trust me, you can totally do this!
Champagne flutes cleaned with rubbing alcohol
Glass paint (my go to for glass paint is Martha Stewart brand)
Print out of henna design you want to transfer onto the glasses
Make sure you’ve cleaned your glass with rubbing alcohol before you start painting. Print out or draw a design that you like and fits into your glass. Try to stick with a design that has limited details if glass painting is new to you.
Insert the image into your glass. If you are worried the paper might move around, you can use a little washi tape or masking tape to hold it in place. Using the image below as a guide, begin tracing your image onto the glass. When you are working with glass paints, it’s a good idea to stop and give them a shake after each section you draw, and clean the tip. You don’t want the tip to actually touch the glass, it should be lifted just slightly off of it.
Don’t stress about following the lines of the print out perfectly. It is meant to be a guide, you don’t have to trace it exactly. In fact, if you feel inspired to take the design in another direction while you are working, go for it!
I did my entire design in gold and then filled in with blue and pink touches. You could also do your florals in one colour and paisleys in another. For the accent colours I just sort of free-handed the flourishes. If you aren’t comfortable with that, be sure they are a part of your original design before printing it out.
Once you are happy with the design on your champagne flutes, you’ll need to follow the directions for the glass paint you used on setting the paint. With the Martha Stewart paints you can either set them with heat in the oven, or let them air dry and cure for 21 days. I’ve used both methods and found them to work equally well. Just remember, these will be hand wash only glasses!
Images by: Aziz Dhamani