Decorating Wine Glasses with Paint

Updated November 21, 2016

Novelty wine glasses commemorate special events, make thoughtful gifts and serve as decorative and practical items in your kitchen. Though commercial painted wine glasses can be expensive, you can save money by painting your wine glasses at home. Not only does this save you a bundle per glass, it allows you to tailor the glasses specifically to your decor or the recipient's personality.

Wash your glasses carefully to remove any dust or oil that may prevent your paint from sticking. Dry them thoroughly.

Brush an even layer of enamel surface conditioner onto your wine glasses with a sponge brush. Move in long, slow strokes to ensure that the conditioner dries clear. You only need enamel conditioner if you're using acrylic enamel paint.

Squeeze some of your glass paint out onto a paper plate.

Press a stencil up against the side of your glass if desired.

Dip one of your paintbrushes in the glass paint and blot it gently on the clean part of the plate.

Tap the paintbrush against the glass, pressing down the edges of the stencil so that they're flush against the glass. Work slowly.

Plan a freehand design if you don't want to use stencils. Paint a simple design like flowers, paw prints, moons and stars, apples, pumpkins, candy or shoes. You can also freehand words like the recipient's name, a holiday or season.

Let the glasses dry for 48 hours.

Preheat your oven to 163 degrees Celsius and place the glasses on the centre rack upside-down. Space them about 3 inches apart. If you used an acrylic glaze paint, bake the glasses for 10 minutes; bake them for 40 minutes if you used glass-baking paint.

Turn the oven off after the allotted time, but don't open the door. Let the glasses cool as the oven cools to avoid cracking them. Once cool, remove the glasses from the oven. Hand wash them with mild soap, dry and display.


Glass paints are dishwasher-safe, but acrylic enamel is not. Wash acrylic-painted glasses by hand only. You can correct mistakes with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol; rub the swab over the area to be corrected while the paint is still wet.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish soap
  • Warm water
  • Towels
  • Small paint brushes
  • Stencils (optional)
  • Enamel surface conditioner (optional)
  • Sponge brush (optional)
  • Glass paint: glass-baking paint or acrylic enamel
  • Paper plate
  • Oven
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