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Painting Glasses

Updated on June 7, 2015

Painting Glasses

Painting glasses is a way of having fun while adding decorative glasses for that special occasion. Whether it for is a party, a holiday meal, or just decorating for the holidays, painted glasses can add a real splash of color. And, while you are at it, why not paint a few jars as well. This can be a very relaxing activity. Just use safe paint.

Intro Credit: This is a modified image from WP Clipart. The link is provided below.

DIY: Hand Painted Wine Glasses - CHRISTMAS EDITION

Be Certain to Use Enamel

One thing you do not want is a water base paint. Even if it is dry, if the glass is filled with a cold liquid it could sweat. Do you really want to chance a guest from painting a hand, or worse, ruining clothing? Never use a water based paint.

And, make certain the enamel is dry. You will be placing a thick amount f paint if you paint over the image several times. One technique is to use an oven. If you do, place on a pan that is covered with aluminum foil just in case one breaks.

Glass painting tutorial with artist Jennifer Claire

Clean the Surface

One of the videos advises that the surface be cleaned with alcohol. The reason is that water will bead up, but alcohol will not. Alcohol does not leave those spots that water will. So, the surface will be cleaner. Painting on a dirty surface is never a good idea, but it is even worse when painting on glass. The spots may be visible through the glass from the other side.

Never Place in a Dishwasher

The image can fade, and even partially wash away, ruining your work. And, if it does, where is the paint going? Is it adhering to other dishes? Even though the paint may not be toxic, and make certain it is not, is it really?

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Never Paint to the Top.

The painted surface should never be high enough that a person could get it inside the mouth. The liquid being consumed could dissolve the paint, and cause it to fade. And, the paint could simple be eroded away by contact with the lips.

Glass Painting Techniques : How to Trace a Pattern for Glass Painting

Glass Painting Techniques : Glass Painting Basics

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    • veronicatarantino profile image


      6 years ago

      This is a fun idea..I want to try

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      6 years ago

      It would be so fun to paint a wine glass, such a great idea! Lots of wonderful tips here. Thank you for sharing!

    • CruiseReady profile image


      6 years ago from East Central Florida

      Looks like fun!

    • aesta1 profile image

      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You made me want to try this.

    • Kumar P S profile image

      Kumar P S 

      6 years ago

      Wonderful ideas ! Thanks for sharing.

    • Board-Game-Brooke profile image

      C A Chancellor 

      6 years ago from US/TN

      Really good tips (especially about not painting too high up on the glass). This looks like a fun project!

    • Camden1 profile image


      6 years ago

      What a fun idea - I'm looking for some interesting crafts to try with my daughters this summer. We'll give this a try!

    • Camden1 profile image


      6 years ago

      What a fun idea - I'm looking for some interesting crafts to try with my daughters this summer. We'll give this a try!

    • WildFacesGallery profile image


      6 years ago from Iowa

      This was always something I've wanted to try but have yet give it a whirl. You've created a great resource.

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      6 years ago

      Painting Glasses looks like a lovely creative craft idea. I'll try it sometime!

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      Ellen Gregory 

      6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Interesting info... I might just do this!

    • kislanyk profile image


      6 years ago from Cyprus

      Great ideas!

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      Auntie-M LM 

      6 years ago

      What great ideas!

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      6 years ago

      Beautiful designs!


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