How to Decorate Martini Glasses

Written by jennifer elrod
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Hand-painted wine and martini glasses have become a popular item in boutiques and gift shops. These glasses are bright and bold, make beautiful gifts, and can be used for decoration or at cocktail parties. Unfortunately, they are usually costly, but you can make them yourself. All you need is a little patience and some materials to begin creating beautifully painted martini glasses.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Martini glasses
  • Stencils
  • Tape
  • Paint brushes
  • Stained glass paint
  • Lint free cloth
  • Towel
  • Picture (optional)
  • Pattern (optional)

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    Using Stencils

  1. 1

    Hand wash and dry the martini glasses. Prevent lint by using lint free soft cloths to dry the glasses.

  2. 2

    Stick a stencil on a glass by laying the stencil on the side of the glass, and securing the edges of the stencil with tape. This will hold the stencil in place while you fill it in with paint. Craft stores carry a variety of stencils--flowers, characters and decorative patterns are all good stencil choices for martini glasses.

  3. 3

    Dip the paint brush into the paint and fill in a stencil. Wipe off excess paint from the brush by wiping it on the edge of the paint canister.

  4. 4

    Continue to fill in the stencils on the martini glass. You may choose to use a dark colour to trace the outline, then use a lighter shade to fill in the stencil. This creates a stained glass effect, where the pictures are outlined with a dark colour, then filled in with lighter shades.

  5. 5

    Allow the glass to completely dry before removing the stencils. Removing them early may result in paint smudges on your glass.

    Painting Free-Hand

  1. 1

    Decide what you want to paint on your martini glass. You could decide on a theme or simply paint flowers or decorative designs. Consider using a picture to go by when painting your glass, or place a printed pattern inside the glass and use the pattern as your guide to paint the outside.

  2. 2

    Dip your brush into the paint and create an outline of the object your want on your martini glass. If you are painting a flower, paint the outline of a flower. You won't be colouring in the flower petals, leaves or centre yet, just painting the outline.

  3. 3

    Fill in your object using careful strokes with your brush. Wipe excess paint off on the side of the paint canister, or on a towel. Getting too much paint on the brush will cause the paint to be too thick and possibly run down the side of the glass.

  4. 4

    Allow the glass to completely dry before use.

Tips and warnings

  • Scotch tape will work the best when sticking the stencils onto a martini glass.
  • If you want to use more than one colour within a stencil, allow the first colour of paint of completely dry before adding another colour.
  • Do not paint inside the martini glasses.
  • Rinse brushes well in between use, or use a separate brush for each colour.

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