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Customized and colorful wine glasses; The Wine Sippers guide on How to Paint Wine Glasses

Updated on July 7, 2009

Personalized guide on Painting Wine Glasses

If you would like to learn about customized wine glasses that you can paint yourself, then you’re in for a real treat. Whether you have experience in painting glass or are a complete novice, you can add this skill to your successful hobby list. You will also be able to make wedding, anniversary, and birthday gifts unique and unforgettable.

The best thing about a glass painting project is the short time it takes to complete. You can easily complete a project of four wine glasses in a few hours even if you’re new at this.

If this is your first glass-painting project, start out with some inexpensive glasses. Wine glasses seem to be the most popular for glass painting, but choose the kind of glasses the recipient will use the most. After you’ve practiced with a cheaper version, you can buy the more expensive kind to give as a gift. Even if you make a mistake, the paint washes off so you can start again.

What kind of Wine Glass shoud you purchase?

Wash the glass and clean it with rubbing alcohol. After this point, don’t touch the actual painting surfaces to avoid oil from your hands. The best way to avoid touching the glass is to purchase a small manual turntable if you plan to make glass painting a permanent hobby. Otherwise, place the glass on a piece of newspaper, aluminum foil, or other kind of paper or plastic that you can grab and turn without touching the glass.

If you are not a free-hand painter, you can transfer a design onto the glass with carbon paper or a similar product.

Buy the appropriate paint for glass. When you are finished painting, allow the glass to air dry for at least one hour before baking it. The brand of paint you use gives complete instructions on the proper air drying and baking time. Some paints need 24 hours of air drying time.. Follow the company’s instructions to the letter! You don’t want all of your hard work to be for nothing.

Your project needs to be placed in a cold oven and then preheat the oven to the temperature needed. After baking, allow your painted glass to completely cool down before taking it out of the oven. Follow these directions to keep your glass from breaking.

Who is the recipient of your Colorful Wineglasses?

The baking temperatures and times are usually 350 degrees for one-half hour or 300 degrees for 35 minutes. Times and temperatures vary, so ready your directions!

Your glasses are ready to use! They are dishwasher safe in the top rack, but washing them by hand preserves the design. If they are a gift, put washing instructions on a small gift tag so the new owners will know how to wash them.

To customize your wine glasses to the recipient, find designs that depict his or her hobbies and interests. If you know that he is a football fan, find out who his favorite team is and try to place the team’s logo on the glass. If she is a butterfly collector, paint butterflies on her glass. Or you could always choose a matching design to place on the whole set of glasses.

Now go and use what you have learned about glass painting and give it a try. This is a fun and inexpensive way to show your love for the couple getting married, for the couple who has been married for many years, or for a special birthday guy or girl. Just think—every time they use their glass, they will think of you and now you have completed your Colorful Wine Glasses!

Would you ever consider Painting your own Wine Glasses?

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      8 years ago

      that looks beautiful! I can see this glass painting technique being used in more than just for wine glasses. What a wonderful gift it would be. Thank you for the tips!

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      Rose Barrett 

      8 years ago

      I've been seeing a ton of these as gifts these days! Lolita, I believe the brand is called, does wine glasses, martini glasses and so much more. They make great gifts for your friends and special occassions.

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      Patti Ann 

      9 years ago from Florida

      Wow - what a great gift idea. I'm not much of a painter but I may give this a try.


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