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Hand-Painted Glass Crafts

Updated on November 29, 2014

Painting on Glass is Easy and Inexpensive

Learning the fun and beautiful art of painting on glass is an exciting and inexpensive way to express yourself, decorate your home and make beautiful gifts for almost anyone for any occasion - birthdays, holidays, housewarmings, showers, anniversaries and weddings to name a few - the possibilities are endless!

The supplies you need to decorate glassware can be found in any of your local craft stores which makes this art a simple and unique way to brighten your home and get professional results.

In addition, you can also find very inexpensive glass pieces to decorate at the local dollar store and they give you the option of ordering in bulk. I bought a set of 12 plates on line for $1.00 each plus shipping.

To decorate glass all you do is simply paint it the way you would any other canvas, be it wood, or stone, or paper. The only difference is in how you seal it, where to put the paint on a plate or a glass and also in how you care for the glass (specific instructions below). No kiln required!

As someone who enjoys crafts, I have decided to try making a painted glass candle holder. I will show the results below.

I hope you enjoy learning how to paint on glass!

Glass Crafts Make Beautiful Gifts!

You don't even have to paint glass for it to make a beautiful gift!
You don't even have to paint glass for it to make a beautiful gift!

How to Get Started Painting on Glass

Find a pattern you like or perhaps use a stencil. If you're using a clear glass plate, use scotch tape to secure the stencil or the pattern on the side of the glass that will not be eaten off of and use a pencil to trace the design.

Paint the design with regular or decorative painting brushes. I know Donna Dewberry brushes are perfect and come in a wide variety of styles and they can be purchased at any craft store.

When you're satisfied with the painted glass project, and all the paint is dry, you can take a permanent Sharpie marker and outline it to give it a dramatic effect. For a softer look, you can erase the pencil marks. It all depends on the look you're trying to achieve. The sky is the limit to your imagination though.

Donna Dewberry style vase


A variety of paint types can be chosen for painting on glass and/or ceramics. These paints range from water-based enamels to oil paints.

You can also use special effect paints such as transparent paints and frosts as well as paints which will allow you to achieve dimensional effects.

Ordinary acrylics can be used as well. I have found these to be the best for my own pieces since I already have an abundance of them. You can purchase acrylic paints inexpensively at any local craft store, such as A.C. Moore or on line.

Just remember that if you are going to use any paint on glassware to keep the paint 1/2" below the top edge, and I would suggest this EVEN if you are using paint that is considered food safe, better to be safe than sorry. Also if you are painting on clear glass plates, always put the paint on the under side of the plate.

It's not difficult to paint a set of 4 unique wine glasses to give as a gift to someone special!

Finishing your Glassware

When you are satisfied with the your creation:

1. Place your glassware into an oven that is NOT YET HEATED. Glassware needs to heat up slowly in order to cure correctly, and if it heats up too quickly will be at risk of breaking or cracking.

2. Turn your oven to 325 degrees.

3. After the oven reaches 325 degrees, set the timer for at least 10 minutes.

4. Turn the oven off when the 10 minutes is up, and let the piece COOL COMPLETELY IN THE OVEN before removing.

5. Note that even though some glass paints say they are dishwasher safe, my recommendation is that if it is a piece that has been oven-baked to just care for it by washing lightly by hand, no scrubbing on the paint side. The paint should not run but it still needs to be cared for in a gentle manner. Also, if you're giving it as a gift, make sure the receiver knows how to care for it.

Your piece is now ready to use!

Do you think you're going to try to paint on glass now that you know how???

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Christmas Glass Craft - No Painting Required!


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      mumsgather 3 years ago

      These ideas look beautiful. You just made me feel like taking up glass painting for a hobby and to decorate my home with.

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      brackenb 5 years ago

      These pieces look beautiful. I'm no artist but I'm tempted to give it a try.