DIY Painted “L’Chaim” Carafe

It’s no secret that IKEA is full of great budget basics just waiting to be hacked or personalized. This year, I wanted to try to decorate my own Seder plate, but finding a large clear glass platter proved more difficult than I anticipated. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t find a lot of other great stuff I could turn into beautiful homemade Judaica, like the IKEA 365+ carafe.

To make the stencil, download and print this stencil guide. Sandwich some clear contact paper or Cricut stencil vinyl between the stencil guide and a cutting mat. Use a craft knife to carefully trace the letter outlines on the guide, then the gray rectangle, making sure to go through all the layers.

Once the stencil is cut, carefully peel one of the long edges of the stencil back about a half an inch and place it on the carafe. This part is tricky, so peel slowly to make sure the vinyl/contact paper goes in the right place. Once the stencil is placed, make sure the area around the letters is sealed down tight. A right seal will ensure cleaner lines.

Next, get a craft paint that adheres to glass (like this one by Martha Stewart) and paint your letters. Let the paint dry in between coats. I recommend at least 3 coats. While the third coat is still wet, carefully peel off the stencil. Allow the paint to cure according to directions. With the paint I used, it recommended a 24-hour drying time and then baking for 30 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit the next day.

If you’re a Cricut crafter, click here for the project.