Hand Painted Wine Glasses: How To Make Your Own
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Learn how to create your own hand painted wine glasses using this step-by-step wine glass design DIY tutorial with free printable templates to make the words chill and relax.
Hey there! With this easy tutorial, making hand painted wine glasses will soon be your favorite craft project. I’ll show you step-by-step how easy it is to paint glassware.
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Earlier this year, I turned the big 4-0. To celebrate this momentous occasion, my good friends and fellow organizers of Women’s Service Day threw me a surprise party. They reserved a small private wine room at a local restaurant, brought in chocolate cake, made me a scrapbook of photos from our 14 years of organizing Women’s Service Day and found so many ways to make me feel special.
To top it all off, they also brought in artist Carolyn Stich to teach us how to make hand painted wine glasses. Carolyn has a studio and store in Holland, Michigan (and online!) where she sells her amazing wall art and also puts her beautiful designs on products.
She also teaches art classes and workshops for kids and adults, including parties like a girls’ night out, bridal shower or other special events. Carolyn is well known in our community so I was incredibly delighted my friends brought her in to lead us in a craft night for my birthday.
Crafting, wine, chocolate, and great friends — can a 40th birthday really get any better than that?
Wine Glass Painting Technique from Carolyn Stitch
Creating hand painted wine glasses is so much fun and surprisingly easy to do. Since the birthday party I painted a few more on my own which I put in a basket for a fundraiser my sister-in-law was organizing for a friend with breast cancer. Carolyn Stich kindly said I could share the technique we used at the party here on Kenarry using the hand painted wine glasses I made for the fundraiser as an example.
As with any craft, the hardest part is figuring out what your design should be and what kind of paint to use on glass. I found the cutest polka dot napkins to use as my design inspiration for these wine glass designs. I wanted the hand painted wine glasses to be fun and whimsical to make them a little more light-hearted for the friend’s breast cancer fundraising event.
How to Make Hand Painted Wine Glasses
Want to know how to paint wine glasses? This tutorial will walk you through every step.
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What You Need
Before you get started, this is what you will need.
- Wine glasses
- Red, yellow, blue, white and black gloss enamel craft paints
- Paint palette or small containers (Tip: an old egg carton would work great as a paint palette.)
- Small paint brushes
- Painter’s tape
- Access to a computer and printer, optional
- Oven, optional
1. Create and print the design for your wine glasses
You can use a program like PicMonkey to create your own words and designs for your wine glass designs. (PicMonkey is a free online tool I LOVE for creating and editing graphics. You can upgrade to the “royale” version to get additional premium fonts, embellishments and other goodies.)
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2. Affix the design to the wine glasses
Use painter’s tape to attach your design to the inside of the wine glass.
3. Trace your design with paint
Using a small paint brush, carefully trace over your design on the outside of the glass. The design is taped to the inside so you’re not directly painting on it. You’ll see in the photo I’m using a teal or turquoise colored paint, but only listed red, yellow and blue gloss enamel craft paints for this project. With these three primary colors, you can create any color you want. Use white or black to lighten or darken your colors as desired. Gloss enamel craft paint is the best paint to use on glass.
4. Paint other embellishments
Use additional paint to add polka dots, stripes, swirls and other designs to your hand painted wine glasses. Be careful not to get the paint too close to the rim of the glass. You don’t want your mouth to come into contact with the paint when you’re enjoying wine in these glasses later.
You can also paint the stem of the wine glass if you want. Allow one color to dry before painting another color next to it so your paints don’t smear together.
5. Allow your hand painted wine glasses to dry
You may need to use a few coats of paint to get the desired coverage you want on the wine glasses. Be sure to allow enough time for your hand painted wine glasses to dry between coats. At the birthday party craft night, Carolyn taught us you can also use a blow dryer to speed up the drying process.
6. Cure the paint on the hand painted wine glasses
The final step in the process is to cure or harden the paint on the hand painted wine glasses. There are two methods for doing this:
- Method 1: Air Dry. Let the hand painted wine glasses air dry for 21 days.
- Method 2: Bake in the Oven. Put the hand painted wine glasses on a cookie sheet and place on a low rack in the oven. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake the hand painted wine glasses for 30 minutes. Turn the oven off and allow them to cool naturally with the oven before removing them. IMPORTANT: YOU MUST PUT THE HAND PAINTED WINE GLASSES IN THE OVEN BEFORE YOU TURN IT ON TO PREVENT THE GLASSES FROM BREAKING.
Once the paint has cured on your wine glass designs, they are top-rack dishwasher safe.
You can now relax, chill and enjoy your new hand painted wine glasses!
DIY Gift Idea
You can also put them in a basket as a gift for a friend or raffle off at a fundraiser like I did. Suggestions for a gift basket include colorful napkins, a scented candle, a small notebook, and a fun pen. You can also add gourmet chocolates, a bottle of wine, and other delicious goodies!
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More DIY Craft Ideas
While you’re here, you may also enjoy learning how to make hand painted Easter wine glasses, how to make broken china mosaics, how to update an old window with glass paint, or how to make a burlap wreath. If you enjoyed this tutorial for how to make hand painted wine glasses, please share it with your friends or pin it for later.
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Originally published September 2015. Updated September 2020.
Love, love, love. This will be the next girls day project. Thanks
Oh my gosh, Heather! You will love it. Painting wine glasses is so much fun. You just need two per person – one for painting and one for sipping.
How lovely and original! Very nice.
Thanks, Linda! I’m glad you like them. 🙂
Is there anything better than getting together with girlfriends for crafting with wine?? Now that makes for a perfect combination. Thank you for sharing on #HomeMattersParty.
It really is so much fun isn’t it? We just found you had to have two sets of wine glasses though – one for drinking and one for painting! Thanks, Sonja!
Such a cute idea. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight Pinned & shared.
Thank you, Theresa! I’m thrilled that you pinned and shared the idea. 🙂
Can I cure glitter wine glasses the same way so that they can become top rack dishwasher safe too?
Great question, Heather! If you’re referring to glitter wine glasses where you use decoupage or glue to affix small glitter crystals around the stem of a wine glass, I would NOT recommend baking those in the oven to cure it. Instead, I’d suggest using *DecoArt Americana Crystal Gloss Enamel Glitter Paint. Though I haven’t used it personally, it says you can “bake in oven for dishwasher-safe finish”. Good luck and let me know how your wine glasses turn out! I’d love to see pictures.
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Do you start the time in the oven when the temperature reaches 350 or before?
Great question, Michelle! I put the glassware in a cold oven, start the oven and set it to 350 degrees. Once the oven reaches 350, then I start the 30 minute timer. When the 30 minutes is over, I turn the oven off and just leave the glassware inside for a few hours while the oven naturally cools back down. I usually put the glassware on a baking sheet to keep it stable on the oven racks and just in case the glass were to crack or break. But I’ve cured gloss enamel paint on glassware using this method numerous times and have never had that problem!
Happy crafting! I’d love to see what you create when you’re done!
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Hi, I’m looking to darken the inside of teapots to make birdhouses. Will this method work on glazed items, do you think it would be nontoxic once it cures.
What a fun project you’re working on! You’ll have to double check with the manufacturer of the gloss enamel paint you’re using to verify whether it works on glazed surfaces or if it’s nontoxic once it cures. I’ve typically using Americana Gloss Enamel paints from DecoArt or Plaid Art.
Deco Art’s website says “Multi-surface, opaque paint that adheres to glass, wood, papier mâché, plastic, resin, ceramics, and many other craft surfaces.” Then later in the same page it says “Keep paint away from food surfaces and the areas that will come in contact with your mouth. Although the paint is non-toxic, you still don’t want to ingest it.” SOURCE
Hope that helps! Happy crafting and good luck with your project!
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Can you use acrylic paint
You’ll need to check the side of your acrylic paint to see if it’s appropriate for use on glassware. I’ve always used gloss enamel craft paint for hand painting wine glasses, but I believe there are some multi-surface acrylic craft paints that would work as well. The side of the paint bottle will tell you whether it’s designed/formulated for use on glass. If it does not specifically mention “for use on glass” on the side of the paint bottle, I would NOT use it. Regular acrylic craft paint is likely to scratch or flake off over time and would not wash well with repeated use.
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I have been painting wine glasses for awhile now and have a few Enamel acrylic paints, however I mainly use craftsmart acrylic paints and apple barrel acrylic paints.
The craftsmart acrylic paint I probably use most. It says permanent, water based paint perfect for ceramics, and adheres to most surfaces such as ceramic bisque.
The apple barrel acrylic paint is multi surface for glass and ceramics, also water based. In door and out doors glass surfaces painted with it are top rack dishwasher safe (although I wouldn’t risk it).
I always bake them for 30 minutes and depending on the design/ colors I will sometimes seal with a mod podge acrylic sealer.
Are the glasses still okay to wash? Especially those I do not seal. I always recommend hand washing very gently
Great question, Gina! I tend to hand wash wine glasses that I paint as well. I do believe I’ve run ones that I’ve painted with gloss enamels through the dishwasher after the paint has cured and those have turned out just fine. I’m not sure about acrylic paint, but if the paint bottle says “top rack dishwasher safe” I’d probably try it! Just make sure the paint has fully cured first though!
Best wishes and happy crafting!
How much paint do you think you would need for each person? I am thinking of doing this with a group of up to 12 people. Just want to make sure i buy enough paint without over doing it.
Great question, Cheryl! It’s difficult to estimate exactly how much paint you’ll need. I will say that a little goes a long way – and it all depends on what colors/designs each person is making on their glassware. If you buy red, blue, yellow, white and black gloss enamel paints, they can be mixed to create any color your friends want. In which case, I’d buy a few of each, but just open them as you use them so you can return any unopened paints after your craft party. You may also want to have gold, silver or bronze metallic gloss enamels to add some fun dimension to the glassware if people choose.
You can use plastic plates or egg cartons as your paint palettes for mixing. I’d also recommend having a few old blow dryers on hand. Those can be used to help dry the paint between layers during your party.
Have fun and enjoy! It’s going to be so much fun!
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Thanks. I found little packs that have 8 colors and come in 1 ounce of each. So i can buy a few just before the event and return what i dont use. Joann’s has sets for $3. so about 38 cents per ounce. Not bad
Correction-the Joanns paitn set is NET 1 oz. So it is $3 for 1 ounce … which is .125 ounces of each color.
Oh wow! And they’re gloss enamel paints too? That’s awesome. Those sound perfect for your painting party. Let me know how it all works out, Cheryl. It sounds like so much fun!
Walmart has Folk Art 2oz bottles of Multi-surface paints. They say on them that they are dishwasher safe and work on glass. I think i will go that route. I might also give each person 2 glasses, so they can make a set.
I have a few people who dont drink, so i like also get glass cups/mugs and candle holders. I will give everyone options.
I LOVE these ideas for your party. The variety will be perfect. I find Walmart usually has the best selection of inexpensive glassware too. In addition to the wine glasses, I’ve painted platters, appetizer plates and even coffee mugs. Have so much fun with your friends!
What size or “type” of wine glass did you use?
Great question, Cheryl! You can hand paint just about any size or type of wine glass that you’d like. For this particular post, I just used standard white wine glasses, like you’d find at Walmart, Target or Amazon. I usually look for ones that are dishwasher safe, inexpensive and not fancy.
Carrie, I just finished painting 8 wine glasses and was looking for the instructions for using oven.
Lo and Behold I found out we are both from Holland – I was born and raised there and have now been\
in FL for about 25 years. Once a Hollander, always a Hollander.
Oh Mary, that’s so fun! I’m thrilled you found us. I hope your wine glasses turned out beautifully. If you haven’t been to Holland lately, you ought to come to Michigan to see it – the city has changed so much, especially the downtown area.
Have a great week!
Can I buy these already painted
I love that you’re interested in the hand painted wine glasses I created. Unfortunately I do not sell them. I made this set as a giveaway for a fundraising raffle but provide the instructions and template so that you can make them yourself if you choose. Otherwise, I would encourage you to check out Etsy. There are a lot of artisans and crafters who sell hand painted wares on that website.
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Hi! I’ve tried this method of drying in the oven without using a sealer before & the paint still scratched off when washed or if he glasses rubbed together. I used paint specifically for glass..what am I doing wrong? Help please!
Did you use gloss enamel paint on your project? That may be the difference. I would also make sure the paint is dry on your glass before you cure it in the oven. You could also make sure your glass is good and clean before you start the painting process. I would recommend wiping it down lightly with rubbing alcohol first.
If you still have difficulty, I’d recommend reaching out to DecoArt or Plaid Crafts directly about the issue. Those are two of the common and biggest brands for gloss enamel paints.
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Thanks Carrie! I had used Apple Barrel paints which says on the label it is good for glass. Yes, I let them air dry for several days before putting them in the oven. I also tried just air drying for 30 days, both the same results.
I’ll try one of the brands you recommend, hopefully that will make a difference…I just got a request for a set of 8 wine glasses that I need to get done ASAP.
Thank you so much for your help!
Have a great day & Happy Halloween!!
I haven’t ever used Apple Barrel paints and maybe they work just fine for glassware that you’re not using all the time, like if something was going to be displayed on a shelf. I just Googled it and it appears that Apple Barrel is a brand made by Plaid Crafts. On their website they say, “Made from the purest ingredients, Apple Barrel Colors provide premium performance on wood, Styrofoam, paper mache, tin, terra cotta, wood and any porous surface.” They do have a GLOSS version of their paint which they say is safe for glass as well as indoor and outdoor use.
For the wine glasses, look specifically for gloss enamel paint. I know many acrylic craft paints also say they’re safe for use on glass, but I’ve always used gloss enamel paints. I would recommend using one of Plaid Craft’s FolkArt Enamel paints or DecoArt’s Americana Gloss Enamels instead as I know I’ve used those brands and had good success.
Let me know how those work out for you! Have so much fun crafting and painting the 8 wine glasses!
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After removing the glasses from the oven can I add more paint (small touch ups) and rebake to cure the added paint?
Great question, Amanda! I’ve never done that so I’m not sure how well it would work or if there would be issues with the older paint baking through the oven twice. You could certainly try it with one item and see if it works. Let me know please!
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So I have recently started getting interested in painting wine glasses. I’ve been using acrylic paint. But I’ve been using the shatterproof wine glasses made of Tritan. I was wondering, would the oven method work the same way as they would with regular glass or what method would be best with shatterproof glasses?
Great question! I don’t have any experience with shatterproof wine glasses. You could reach out to the manufacturer of the glassware to ask “is Tritan oven safe?” However, from my brief online research, Tritan is a type of plastic that would likely melt if you baked it in the oven at 350 degrees. Instead, use the air dry method and let the paint cure for 21 days before using or washing.
Good luck with your project and happy crafting!
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