Hand Painted Wine Glasses: How to Decorate Wine Glasses

Hand painted wine glasses are all the rage today, so why not use your creative side to decorate your own wine glasses or any other glass for that matter.  With a little practice and patience, you can start bringing your creativity to life for yourself, as gifts for family or friends and possibly to even make a little extra income.

Who knows, you may become as successful as Tracy Lolita Healy who got the idea to start hand painting martini glasses and expanded her hand painted glassware to other glassware.  In 2000, Tracy was personally painting each of her glasses in her kitchen.  Today, she has sales in excess of sixty million dollars ($60 million). Not too bad for someone starting her business out of her kitchen.


In addition to hand painted wine glasses you can hand paint:

  1. Custom Champagne Glasses
  2. Custom Ceramic Mugs
  3. Custom Margarita Glasses
  4. Custom Martini Glasses
  5. Custom Pint Glasses
  6. Custom Rock Glasses
  7. Custom Shot Glasses
  8. Christmas Ornaments

List of some of the materials needed:

  1. Glasses
  2. Rubbing Alcohol
  3. Rubber Gloves
  4. Glass Cleaner
  5. Paint Brushes
  6. Paint
  7. Stencils
  8. Soft Cloth or Paper Towels (Dry & Damp)
  9. Water
  10. Baking Tray
  11. Oven

Step One: Get it Good and Clean

In order to get the best quality for your personalized wine glasses and make sure that your paint will adhere to the glass, you must clean the painting surface thoroughly.  If anything is left on the glass, you will not get the desired outcome.  There are several ways to clean the surface of the glass; however, most suggest cleaning your glasses with either glass cleaner or rubbing alcohol.  Once you have cleaned your glasses, let them air dry before painting.  Also, be careful not to get your finger prints or other dirt glasses. Therefore, it is suggested that you wear rubber gloves.

Step Two: Design your Glasses Using Stencils, Sketching or Free Hand

There are many ways to start to design the painting scheme that you will be putting on your glasses.  For those that are artistic and can draw, you can sketch your pattern onto a piece of tissue paper.  Tissue paper is a good choice as it is very flexible and can be easily inserted into the glass.  For those who are not artistically inclined, you can purchase a wide variety of stencils on the web or at your local craft store.

If you are using stencils, you can apply the paint directly to the glass without having to outline the design.  If  either sketching or free handing your pattern, we suggest you use a fine point marker that will not wipe off easily to sketch your design onto the glass.  If you make a mistake, simply use nail polish remover to erase your mistake and start again.

Step Three:  Fill in your Design with Paint

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Now that you have your design fully transferred to you glass, you can now fill in the design with your paint.  Not all paints are made for glass, so make sure you do your research first before buying the paint.  Also, read the directions on the paint bottle as some paints need special requirements when applying (such as PermEnamel which needs an under and over coat).  If you make any mistakes, simply use nail polish remover and start again.


Step Four:  Proper Drying is Key

Once you have finished your master piece, it is time to let it dry.  It is suggested to let your glasses dry overnight (but check your paint manufactures suggestion) and to keep them in an area that is dry and free from moisture as this will affect the drying cycle.

Step Five:  Time to Heat Things Up

After drying your glasses based on the paint manufactures recommendation, place them on a cook sheet that has foil on it.  Place the cookie sheet in the oven and set the over to 350 degrees (check to see what your paint manufactures recommendation is for oven temperature).  We do not preheat the oven as we want to make sure that the glasses are gradually heated so that they are less likely to break.

We recommend that you use the manufactures instructions for how long to heat your glasses; however, many suggest setting a timer for thirty minutes.  After twenty minutes, turn the heat off. Keep your glasses in the oven for another ten minutes then remove them from the oven.  We suggest washing your glasses either in the dishwasher or by hand before using.

You are now finished with your  hand painted wine glasses project and you can start to enjoying using your glasses or giving them out as gifts.


Category: Custom Pint Glasses