Since I’ve been hunkered down and hiding out at home, I’ve kept myself busy rediscovering my joy of crafting, decorating and cooking. And now that I have time, I’m actually catching up on craft projects I wanted to do earlier, but was too busy to dive into. I even tried my hand at sewing facemasks, but that turned into a complete debacle resulting in a broken sewing machine. So on to an easier craft that won’t give me heartburn! Today I’m going to show you how you can take simple wine glasses from the dollar store and turn them into adorable painted glasses you’ll be proud to show off during your next virtual happy hour. This craft was so easy, I wish I had more glasses to paint! I’ll definitely be creating a few for summer, in fact the possibilities are endless! Read on for all the details on how I painted them.
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What You’ll Need
- Clear, undecorated glass wine glasses. (Mine are from Dollar Tree)
- Paintbrushes in various sizes
- Folk Art Enamel Paint for Glass & Ceramics
- Printed design to use as a template
- Water and paper plate to use as a palette
Step One – Your Design
What do you want to paint? My advice – keep it simple. I had originally planned this project for Mardi Gras, but it came and went so quickly, I never got around to it. I knew I wanted to go with a fleur de lis design, so I just searched Google images until I found a very simple black and white graphic I liked. I downloaded the image and pasted it onto a document, resizing it until it was about 3 inches by 3 inches. You’ll have to play with this depending on the size of your glass. Print it out, cut it out, and tape it to the inside of your glass.
Step Two – Let’s Paint!
Before you begin painting, be sure to wipe the design area of the glass thoroughly with alcohol. Now comes the fun part! Even though I knew I was going to use the same graphic on all of my glasses, I wanted each of them to be different. I painted each color at a time. I did all of the purple, then all of the green, then all of the gold. You could use a different brush for each color, but I just rinsed mine off each time I switched and it worked out fine. I added the little dot embellishments just for fun, and I think they add a bit of whimsy to the glasses, don’t you?
Step Two – The Cure
After you’ve finished painting, let them air dry for an hour. Then place them on a baking pan and place them in a cold oven. Heat the oven to 350 degrees (Farenheit) and cure them for 30 minutes. Turn off the oven and let them cool down completely in the oven before removing them.
DIY Painted Wine Glasses
- Paper plate or paint palette
- Small dish of water for rinsing
- Paper towel
- rubbing alcohol
- Folk Art Enamel Glass & Ceramic Paint
- Plain wine glasses
- printed template black & white
- Wipe the design area of the glass down with alcohol before you begin
- Find & print out the template/design. Scale the design to roughly 3 x 3 inches.
- Tape the design to the inside of the glass
- Paint your design, following the template, being sure to rinse the paintbrush after each color
- Let the paint dry to the touch between colors
- Let the glasses dry for one hour at room temp
- Place the glasses on a cookie sheet and into a cold oven. Then heat the oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
- Cure the glasses for 30 minutes in the 350 oven. Then allow the glasses to cool in the oven before removing them
The instructions on the Folk Art bottle state that the glasses are dishwasher safe after curing them, but I haven’t dared to try that. We just hand wash ours. I like how funky and junky they look, perfect for Mardi Gras, or anytime of year! I’m so happy with how they turned out, and am already planning on making some that are summer themed to use out on the patio. And how fun would these be as Christmas gifts? There are just so many possibilities! Have you been crafting during the quarantine? Share your project ideas with me! And Cheers!