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DIY:  Ira Glasses

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DIY: Ira Glasses

Alexandra Heide

Podcast nerds, unite! This DIY is for you. It's also a DIY for those who typically hate DIYs because it's THAT EASY. If you hate puns, however, this DIY is not for you. I am not sorry about the pun. 

For those who aren't familiar with 2014 breakout hit Serial or have never tuned into the podcast classic, This American Life, Ira Glass is the whip-smart man with hands in both projects. He was Serial's editorial advisor for season one and is longtime host of This American Life. Ira's not only an excellent storyteller with one of the most interesting professions out there, he's also the kind of guy who is full of wise words yet remains relatable, so tell your opinionated relatives and worn copies of Chicken Soup for the Soul that your friend Ira will be giving you all the advice you need from here on out. And if you're still skeptical, try these on for size...

Are you feeling lost? Ira's got you.

Are you going through a rough patch in your marriage? Ira's got you.

Do you feel like perfectionism taking over? Ira's got you.

Are you wishing you were further along in your career? Ira's got you

See what I mean? Ira offers so much good advice, I decided that his words should be seen and read more often. (I also decided a long time ago that I enjoy puns, so "Ira Glass-es," absolutely need to exist.) This, my friends, is how the World's Easiest DIY came to be.

(Stuart Mullenberg)

(Stuart Mullenberg)

Don’t wait for permission to make something that’s interesting or amusing to you. Just do it now. Don’t wait. Find a story idea, start making it, give yourself a deadline, show it to people who’ll give you notes to make it better. Don’t wait till you’re older, or in some better job than you have now. Don’t wait for anything. Don’t wait till some magical story idea drops into your lap. That’s not where ideas come from. Go looking for an idea and it’ll show up. Begin now. Be a fucking soldier about it and be tough.
— Ira Glass, advice to aspiring writers or journalists

SUPPLIES

  • Sharpie paint oil-based markers (I used this set)
  • Plain glassware 
  • Baking sheet
  • Delicious drink to put in your finished product(s)
You're Doing It Right Ira Glass Quote Cup

PROCESS

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Pick out your favorite Ira Glass quotes and map out how you'd like them to wrap around your glassware. Press firmly when you write with the paint pen so you won't have to retrace any letters. Place finished glasses on a baking sheet carefully without touching the painted parts and bake for 20 minutes in the oven. Shut the oven off and let glasses cool to room temperature before handling. After that, feel free to use and wash normally! 

Ira Glass Quote Glass

Happy crafting!