How to Decorate Wine Glasses & Vases

Updated February 21, 2017

Decorating wine glasses and glass vases adds a personal touch to items that almost every household owns, making them truly yours. The easiest and most versatile way to decorate wine glasses and vases while still making them waterproof and washable is to use bake-on glass paint. Painting allows you to add a great amount of detail. Decorated glasses and vases make a unique personalised gift or goody bag item for special occasions.

Clean all glasses and vases you are painting on with white vinegar and a paper towel to remove any fingerprints, dirt or oily sticker residue on the glass. Ensure vases are not too tall to fit into your oven.

Draw the pattern you want to paint on the glasses and vases on paper using a marker. Place the paper on the inside of the glasses/vases with the design pressed against the inside of the vase. If you only want to colour the glass, without creating a design, then a paper design is not necessary.

Paint the design or colours you want onto the outside of the glass using a fine paintbrush and bake-on glass paint. Wash the brush in hot water in between colours.

Dip a section of paper towel in hot water if you make a mistake and use it to remove the glass paint in the desired location. Leave the painted glass items to dry for 24 hours.

Set the glasses or vases on an oven tray and place the tray into the over before turning the oven on.

Read the glass paint instructions for the appropriate oven temperature and baking times, then set the oven to the right temperature and bake the glasses and vases for the recommended time.

Turn the oven off after the baking time has passed and leave the glasses and vases in the oven to cool down with the oven. Wash the glasses and vases in warm, soapy water once cold and leave to dry before using.

Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Paper towel
  • Marker
  • Bake-on glass paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Oven tray
  • Oven
  • Detergent
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