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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Wine Glass Painting Classes
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.