How to Make a Vintage Tumbler with Pop of Color Paints
How to Make a Vintage Tumbler with Pop of Color Paints
how to make a vintage tumbler

How to Make a Vintage Tumbler with Pop of Color Paints

We have an other fabulous hand painted tumbler tutorial for you today! Emily Brede of Rustic Passions Studio is back to show us how to make a vintage tumbler with Pop of Color Paints. This beautiful tumbler has an antique floral paper base topped with glitter and hand painted florals. The results are simply stunning!

Tumbler come in as many designs as there are people. That is what makes tumblers so fun! Each one is unique and beautiful in its own way. And when we see one we love, the connection is immediate. Which is why most of us have waaaaayyy too many tumblers in our collections.

In the video below, Emily shows us how to make a vintage tumbler that is sure to spark that love connection with many! And don’t be scared of the painting. Even if you have never painted a thing, you will be able to paint these flowers. Emily breaks each step down for us and shows us exactly how it’s done!

How to Make a Vintage Tumbler

How to Make a Vintage Tumbler with Pop of Color Paints

Botanical prints are synonymous with vintage decor. And the delicacy and beauty of roses are especially fitting. Emily uses antique floral paper as the background for her tumbler. For the tumbler she makes in the video, she leaves the paper intact. But for others, she tears bits and sections of the paper and pieces them together on the cup. You can do yours any way you like! But you may be wondering about the paper itself… 

Where to Find Vintage Floral Paper

There are many ways that you can get the look of the vintage paper. Probably the simplest, if you have a decent printer, is to search images for vintage floral paper and print some of the ones you love. But you have other options too. 

Napkins, Wrapping Paper, Etc…

Some of our favorite designs have actually started with a napkin or bit of wrapping paper. Some of the designs on these paper products are just down right beautiful. You may be able to find some of the vintage floral variety when you are out in the shops. If you do, grab them up! These can be very inexpensive and unique tumbler bases. Who knew?!

Scrapbook paper could fall into this category too. Unless you catch it on sale it will likely be a bit more pricey. But there are some awesome designs out there to choose from. 

How to Make a Vintage Tumbler

Design Sellers

Another quick internet search and you will see options to download and print designs that other artists have created. You can get free printables from some places. And others may charge a small fee for their files. The nice thing about these designs is that they were made to be printed and to have a look of quality. Usually you can feel confident that what you see is what you’ll print.

Vinyl Sheets

Another option is to use vinyl sheets with an antique design. You can either purchase these from others. Or you can design and print your own if you have the equipment for it. We know that some of you frequently use vinyl on your tumblers and have the know how and machinery to do this. So it’s another option for you. But if not, there is a still a whole world of vinyl out there for you to explore! 

How to Make a Vintage Tumbler

Watch the Video Tutorial Here!

How to Make a Vintage Tumbler with Pop of Color Paints

Learn how to make a beautiful vintage tumbler with Pop of Color Shock Paints!
Yield: 1 tumbler


  • Start by prepping your tumbler and making sure it is nice and clean. Then give it a base coat of the Blush Shock Paint. Allow the paint to dry.
  • Next, cut the botanical paper to fit your tumbler. Apply Quick Coat to a 2 inch wide section that reaches from the rim of the cup to the bottom. Then, carefully lay the paper onto the Quick Coat.
    Make sure the paper is straight and then press it into place. Smooth it out to make sure there are no air bubbles underneath it.
  • Continue this process around the tumbler until it is all covered. Then use an exacto knife to trim the edge of paper into a straight seam.
  • Then apply a thin layer of Quick Coat to the entire tumbler and allow it to dry.
  • Next, mix a batch of Artist Resin (or Fast Set if you are in a hurry) according to the package instructions. Use a gloved finger to apply it evenly to the whole tumbler. Use a torch to pop any bubbles. Allow the resin to cure.
  • Then, using your favorite glitter application method, apply glitter to the bottom half of the tumbler. Sprinkle the glitter on from the bottom towards the center, making the glitter more heavy towards the bottom and fading as it reaches the center.
  • Once the glitter is dry, seal your cup again with Quick Coat and allow that to dry as well.
  • Then, add another layer of Artist Resin or Fast Set. Once this layer has cured, give it a good sand and then wipe the tumbler clean. Now it's time to paint!
  • Using combinations of the Blush, Deep Blush, and Bordeaux to paint imperfect circles in sporadically around the bottom half of the cup. Emily shows us how to do this in the video.
  • Then use combinations of the same colors to paint little rose buds here and there.
  • Next, use combinations of the Old Army Green, Pear, and Grey to paint your leaves.
  • Then add little stems to your rose buds and tiny leaves on them.
  • Allow your paint to dry completely. Then give it a coat of Quick Coat to seal in your paints.
  • Next, add a layer of combined Artist Resin to the tumbler and allow it to cure. You can use Fast Set if you are in a hurry or traditional Artist Resin if you can let it cure overnight.
  • Emily likes a matte finish on these cups so she lightly sands her cured epoxy before moving on.
  • Next, use your paint marker to add outline and details to your flowers.
  • For the roses, start by making a small circle towards the center. Then add small half circles around that. You don't want everything to line up perfectly so overlap and alternate as needed.
    When you get to the end of a half circle, use the pen to come back a bit in the opposite direction to form the petals. Continue working outward in this way towards the edge of your rose.
  • Then roughly outline your leaves, adding a little oblong ovals towards their bases.
  • Once you have finished with your outlines and details, let them dry. Then seal the cup again with Quick Coat. This will keep the paint in place and prevent smudging or repelling.
  • When your Quick Coat is dry, add your final layer or two of epoxy and you are all done!

The Finishing Touches

And that’s how you make a beautiful vintage tumbler. We hope that Emily has given you the confidence to try hand painting florals on a tumbler. It’s true that we will need a little practice with the flowers before diving into a tumbler. But it is the fun and meditative practice that most of love!

A big thanks to Emily for sharing her time and talents with us! If you loved learning from her and want to see more of what she has going on you can find her under Rustic Passion Studio on FacebookInstagram, and YouTube. You can also check out her Etsy shop and all her other online happenings!

How to Make a Vintage Tumbler

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How to Make a Vintage Tumbler

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