DIY Painted Wine Glasses


I owe you guys a huge apology.

I’ve been on hiatus for way too long.

If I tell you I had finals that would determine whether I got an A or  a B in the class will you forgive me?



What if I show you how to make these?

“Yes Sara, we love you and forgive you.”

I’m glad we worked this out.

I made these for my mom’s Christmas present and I am now in love.  There’s a good chance many people will be getting these for their birthday/Valentine’s Day/Christmas next year.

Because aren’t they cute?!

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First, begin with some glass.  You can paint whatever kind of glass you like.  I know my mom likes wine.  Therefore, wine glasses.  I got these from Kohl’s on sale.  You will probably want some decent glass so they don’t scratch or get foggy easily.  But it’s up to you.  Mine are Sonoma brand and I got them 50% off for $10.  Score!

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This step is important!  Using rubbing alcohol, wipe down the surface you will be painting very well.  Notice all that dirt that came off of my brand new wine glasses?  Gross.  You don’t want paint chipping off because of that shit.

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Mix your paint, or buy the colors you want.  I used Martha Stewart glass paint in gloss.  You definitely don’t want to get cheapy on this part, since the paint is what’s making the glass special.  The paint is about $3/bottle but if you have a coupon, it’s way cheaper!  I just got blue, red, yellow, and white and mixed all of the colors I wanted together.  (No I did not use that weird dark blueish green color up there.  It actually looked prettier in person though).

Now it’s time to paint!  I used Q tips and dotted colors all over my wine glasses.  Including on the bottoms of the wine glasses.  It looks cool from inside 🙂

Now focus on this next part because it is vital to keep your glass from exploding when curing it!

First, place your glass on a baking sheet.

Set it in a cold oven.

Turn on the oven to 350*.  When it’s preheated, set the timer for 30 minutes.

When your timer rings, turn off the oven and do not open the oven or they could explode and you would be very, very sad.  Okay?!

Let the oven cool completely.  I made these late at night so I just left them in the oven overnight.

Take them out and let them sit for 72 hours before using them.

Alternatively, you can let them air cure for 21 days.  But who wants to wait that long?


Also, I’d like to point out how pretty and summery they look.  Which is quite the coincidence since it’s snowing outside right now.

But they will be so nice by the pool in July, don’t you think?


Here they are on a white surface so you can see them easier.

I can’t wait to give these to my mom because I know she’s going to love them!

Another bonus is that they only took about 1 hour of actual work (i.e. painting them).  So you really don’t have any excuses to not make them, right? (; Take an hour to make them.  Pair them with a bottle of wine and giftee will love you even more.

Christmas problems solved.

Merry Christmas my friends!


52 thoughts on “DIY Painted Wine Glasses

    1. Hi Kristen! After the paint is cured, it is dishwasher safe, if used on the top rack of a standard dishwasher. As long as your glasses are dishwasher safe, the paint should be fine!

      XO Sara

  1. Made these last night and they are super cute! Great idea! I’m keeping these for myself, but I might make more for Christmas gifts!

    1. I have never actually tried, but I think the paint would eventually peel off since it does not stick well to glass. I also cannot guarantee that it is safe to use on dishes that will be used for food/drink. I hope that answers your question! Xo Sara

  2. I have looked several times at my Michaels and the only Martha Stewart paint that is sold is “Multi-Surface High Gloss Acrylic Craft Paint”. (there are other varieties, brands etc., but nothing that is ONLY called “glass paint”. I noticed in one comment above that you suggest NOT using acrylic paint since it may peel off?? Did I understand that correctly? I went ahead and bought the paint since it specifically says ‘mulit-surface, including glass, etc.’.

    1. Hi Bonnie, the stuff I use is specifically called Martha Stewart glass paint. I cannot guarantee it will work since it is acrylic, but if it says it works on glass then it may work! I’m sure you could buy glass paint online!

  3. Thank you for the reply!! I am going to try one more time back at Michaels (or Hobby Lobby). Again, thanks for the help! 🙂

  4. Can’t wait to make these! I bought all the stuff….do I just paint the outside of the wine glasses or the inside also? Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Megan! Don’t paint the inside and leave about an inch at the top unpainted 🙂 The paint is safe to use on glasses, but it’s recommended that it does not actually come into contact with food or drinks! Hope this helps.

  5. Did it mess up the paint on the bottom of the glass when you set it on the cookie sheet? Or did you place them upside down?

  6. i just made these in my wedding colors! I’m going to use them as my “will you be my bridesmaid?” gift along with a bottle of wine. So excited to see the look on my bridesmaids faces when they get them!

  7. Hey there! What do you mean by a “cold oven”? I know that sounds sort of dumb! But I’m just confused on the oven “baking” part of it all!!

    1. Hi Emily! Not dumb at all! You’re just going to set your baking sheet of glasses in the oven before you turn the oven on to 350*. After they’re done baking, you will turn off the oven and let it cool all the way down before taking the glasses out. Heat can make glass explode so you have to place and remove the glass while the oven is not hot!

  8. I know this is from awhile ago, but I had a question. I’m looking to make these with friends and we were hoping to paint them, let them air dry for an hour enough to handle and then take home to bake on our own? Do you know if they would be dry enough after an hour to handle and the paint wouldn’t smear? Thanks!

    1. Hi Emily! If you are doing dots, they generally dry within 15-30 minutes. If you’re doing designs or larger areas of paint, they might take a little longer to dry, but I’m sure they’d be fine after an hour!

  9. My daughter saw these and asked me to make them for her. She is going to get them for Christmas. That’s if they don’t explode. Ha. Question. I made something else with dots on and the paint ran when in oven. Anyone have that kind of trouble. Thanks for this project

    1. Hi Faith, I’ve never had problems like that! Try to use the glass paint (I use Martha Stewart’s brand from Michael’s, but I’m sure there are other options). Regular craft paint would probably run, but the glass paint works perfectly! Hope this helps 🙂

  10. Hi I hope you still check these messages! Beautiful glasses! I’m curious to why they can’t be used for 72 hrs after baking? I didn’t notice that detail untill it was to late, mine are in the oven now to be used for a themed bridal shower on Saturday Evening (today is Thursday) will they be ok to use?!

    1. Hi Krista, so sorry I’m just getting to this! Somehow it ended up in my spam folder. I’m not totally positive why they can’t be used for 72 hours (that’s what the paint bottle said – I imagine it’s so it doesn’t come off if you wash them). However, I have made them for friends who used them within 72 hours, and they were fine. Hope the bridal shower was lovely! xx.

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