How to paint on wine glasses and inspiration and wine glass painting ideas from around the web. This post was originally published in January 2017 and updated in January 2019.
wine glass painting
I promise I’ll get to wine glass painting (and I’ll share lots of great ideas for painted wine glasses from around the web), so bear with me in this intro, but I try and bring up my survival every chance I get.
As many know, I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 1992 when I was a junior in college at Georgetown University. Before my senior year I had an acute flare-up that left me in the ICU near death. I lost my large intestine, and the effects of the illness triggered other immune system problems. For the next four years I was in and out of the hospital with life-threatening flu and recurring pneumonia. These illness were so acute I ended up having a third of my right lung removed in 1997 and additional surgeries to reconstruct my intestines.
All of that is to say, in 1997 I had to move home with my mom to recover. During that year of convalescence, I started crafting. Painting, some baking, mosaics, you name it, I tried it. But painting on glass was my number one go-to.
what paint do you use on wine glasses?
Can you use acrylic paint on glass?
The best paints to use on non-porous surfaces are acrylic enamels. If you already own acrylics, you can mix in a medium to make them acrylic enamels. Read below for much more information!
wine glass painting video
Here’s a video of painting on wine glasses. Forgive the roughness. I found it hard to paint through the legs of my tripod.
more craft ideas
how to paint glass
you will need:*
- paint brushes (liner brushes, flat brushes and round brushes are the best)
- acrylic enamel paints (acrylics especially for painting on non-porous surfaces)**
- wine glasses
- rubbing alcohol or white vinegar
- other items: paper towels, palettes, foam brushes, pencil erasers for dots, etc.
tips on finding glass painting supplies
- All of the above is available at any craft store, or click the links for affiliate products on amazon (or just to see what they look like).
- Note, if you already have a bunch of regular acrylic paints, instead of buying enamels, you can add this enamel medium to your regular acrylics to make them enamels.
- OR, I’ve not tried them yet, but I’ve seen folks use these PAINT PENS instead of brushes and paint.
How do you paint on wine glasses?
First, wash the glasses and let them dry. Rub alcohol or vinegar on the surface to be sure it’s totally clean. Let dry.
Second, paint! Use your acrylic enamels to paint. Foam brushes and pencil erasers or the backs of paint brushes are great for polka dots. For more opaque colors, let the first coat dry and add one or two more coats. Make a mistake? Just erase it with a paper towel or Q-Tip.
Third, let it set. You may either let the glasses sit for 21 days before using OR place the glasses in the cold oven, turn it on to 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. Turn off the oven and open the door. Let the glasses cool completely in the oven before removing.
wine glass painting ideas
Now, for some inspiration and how-tos from around the web:
If you’re looking to buy, or for some wonderful inspiration, search etsy for wine glass painters. One of my favorite artists is Renée of Kudos Kitchen.
- Try making dots and swirls and stripes wine glasses at Brit and Co (here they use the paint pen instead of brushes).
- Draw a panda on your glass (they also use a paint pen instead of brushes).
- Or, try a sock monkey.
- Learn to paint these flower glasses at Instructables.
- Learn to paint these pretty flower wine glasses at Lauren Paints a Beautiful Life.
- These flower glasses by Judi Painted It.
- Or these flower glasses by Brushes with a View.
- I love the daisy glasses, too.
- Polka dot wine glasses at Serendipity by SaraLynn.
- Make “cheers” glasses at That’s What Che Said.
- Forget the paint, and use Modge Podge and glitter for these wine glasses from Cupcakes n’ Couture.
- Find the how-tos for these clever wine glasses with fancily clad women, by Instructables user ChamiaL.
- Learn to paint cherry blossoms at Darby Smart.
- Check out these rainbow swirl wine glasses by Less Than Three designs.
- Make these dots and stars wine glasses at The Crafty Farmer.
- Find a wine glass painting tutorial at Eat, Drink, and Save Money.
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