How to Decorate Wine Glasses on the Outside

by Kathryn Walsh
Jazz up plain wine glasses with some paint and imagination.

Jazz up plain wine glasses with some paint and imagination.

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Wine glasses are a very effective vessel for holding chilled chardonnay, but the plain glass doesn't add much to your kitchen decor. Painting your own glasses not only makes them into colorful parts of any kitchen, but these personalized creations also make appealing gifts. Because the painted designs are the true star, you can buy cheap and simple glasses from a kitchen supply store, add a little creativity, package the glasses with a bottle of wine, and your friends will think you spent a fortune.

Items you will need

  • Wine glasses
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cloths
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • High-gloss acrylic enamel paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Cookie sheet
Step 1

Clean new, plain wine glasses with rubbing alcohol. Use a soft cloth to wash the glasses, as rough towels can leave scratches on the glass. Let glasses air dry, or dry them with clean cloths, before painting them.

Step 2

Draw out the pattern of the design you want to paint onto the glasses using a pencil on paper. Cut out the pattern and tape it to the inside of each glass you want to paint in that pattern. This step is necessary only if you want to paint a complicated design onto the glass. If you're just going to draw polka dots or a name, you don't need a pattern.

Step 3

Use high-gloss acrylic enamel paint and a new brush to paint a pattern or designs onto the outside of each glass. Hold a glass carefully by the stem as you paint it so you can twist the glass and reach all sides. If you're using multiple layers of paint in any spots, let each layer dry completely before adding another.

Step 4

Turn each glass over when it's completely dry so you can paint the bottom if you'd like. You can also paint on top of the glass bottom if you prefer, or leave the bottom unpainted.

Step 5

When the paint is completely dry, place the glasses in a cold, well-ventilated oven. Turn the oven on to 325 degrees and bake them for 30 to 40 minutes. This will bake the paint onto the glasses so it won't chip or wash off.

Step 6

Remove the glasses with an oven mitt when the time is up. Let them cool completely on a cookie sheet before touching them.

Tips & Warnings

  • Hand-painted glasses should only be washed by hand, never in the dishwasher.
  • Try preventing squabbling over glasses at your house by painting a special glass for each family member.

Photo Credits

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