Introduction: Hand Painting Wine Glasses

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In this instructable I'm going to teach you how to paint a wine glass. This instructable will take you from the beginning steps to the finishing of painting a wine glass. I will be using Folk Art Enamel Paint.

Step 1: Clean Glass

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This is the first step before you begin painting on your glass. You may wash your glass and then clean off with rubbing alcohol, or just clean off with the rubbing alcohol. Just try not to touch the areas to be painted once you have cleaned them.

Step 2: Select Your Paint

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At this point you will need to pick the first two colors you will be using. In this case, I am using Cerelian Blue and Warm White.

Step 3: Load Your Brush

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Please the two colors close to each other on your place or palette. Dip one corner of your flat brush in to one color the and opposite corner of your brush in to the other color. Begin to move the brush back and forth a few times and repeat this step. Your brush should be loaded at least 2/3rds of the way full. It is important to have plenty of paint on your brush. This will allow your brush to flow nicely creating a lovely painting.

Step 4: Begin Painting Your Flower Petals

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Start with the first petal that is at the top of your flower. Start on the chisel edge of your brush. Push and come around ending up on the chisel edge. Proceed in this same manner around the flower, until five petals have been painted. You may add more paint as needed. It is not necessary to move your paint brush back and forth on your palette or plate after adding more paint. When you begin your first stroke, do three blending strokes before creating the first petal. I would recommend this each time you add more paint and begin a new step.

Step 5: Create Smaller Trailing Petals

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Using the same paint colors, create smaller petals that will come off of the main flower. Then finish it with trailing flowers where you touch and pull the brush. Have these petal spray out and down from the main flower with a nice flow. You can do this on both sides of the main flower. You don't have to have both sides identical or starting at the same place on each side. Doing them differently addes more interest. Often you will find doing an odd number of petals and leaves is more pleasing to he eye.

Step 6: Paint Another Full Flower

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Continue on around the glass and repeat the steps you did when you created the first full flower.

Step 7: Paint a Flowering Bud

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This time you will do small petals in the similar fashion as the petals used in the flower, however they will be smaller and only two or three. After you paint the first row you are going to overlap with either two or three more small flower petels. At the base of this bud, you will be adding a small petal where you touch and pull starting from the top of the flower to the base. This will be painted on both sides of the flower.

Step 8: Cleaning Your Brush

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Place your brush in your water basin and move it back and forth in the water. Once you have removed the previous paint, dry gently with a paper towel. You are now ready to move on to the next colors.

Step 9: Load Your Plate

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You will now load your plate with the colors you have selected to paint the leaves. I have chosen Thicket (Green) and Sunflower (Yellow). These make a great combination for your leaves.

Step 10: Load Your Brush

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The next step is to load your brush as you did earlier. Again remember it is important to have a lot of paint in your brush. Please make sure it is at least 2/3rds of the way full.

Step 11: Rippled Leaves

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Start by placing two to three of the rippled leaves around each of the full flowers.

Step 12: One Stroke Leaves

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Your next step will be to put a vine from the full flower to the bud. Then do a few quick short touch and pull strokes from the bud to the top of the vine. Then begin to add one stroke leaves in groups of at least three. Odd numbers work the best visually.

Step 13: Center of the Flowers

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The next step is to complete the center of the flowers along with adding this to the smaller petals that are leading out from the full flowers. This does not include the trailing flowers that are touch and pull flowers. Load your plate or palette with School Bus Yellow. Stick the end of a smaller paint brush in to the paint. Place a dot in the center of the full flowers, along with the ends of the smaller petals leading from the full flowers.

Step 14: Create an Inky Green

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Add some water, a little at a time to a small amount of the Thicket. Create an inky consistancy. Use your liner brush. Load it and then pull it from the paint up the ridge. This will pull some of the paint off and round out the brush.

Step 15: Curlycues

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Use the inky Thicket paint to place curlycues in different places throughout the painted glass.

Step 16: Paint the Stem

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If you would like to paint the stem, at this time load liner brush with Thicket Green. Paint a small line of green while turning the glass to swirl around the stem and end on the base.

Step 17: Paint Base

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Start where the green line ends from the stem, paint five One Stroke Leaves.

Step 18: Cure

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Allow the glass to air dry for 1 hour.

Step 19: Bake

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Place the glass in the cold oven. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees.
Bake for 30 minutes. Add the preheat time on to the bake time. Allow the glass to cool completely before removing from the oven. If you choose not to bake your glass, the paint will cure within 21 days of air drying.

Step 20: Care

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This glass is dishwasher safe if placed on the top rack. Do not let the glass soak in water. Handle with care as the paint could scratch. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at: Amy


HeatherB41 (author)2015-10-22

Help!!! I have painted wine and beer glasses using glass paint pens. I have baked them according to direction, but when ice cold drinks are in the glasses too long, the paint comes off? What am I doing wrong??

GemmaC7 (author)HeatherB412015-11-20

Use enamal paint

TracyK45 (author)GemmaC72017-11-21

Im having the same problem as HeatherB41 . The paint pens are enamel and say to bake them . So I did, but the paint still comes off on your hands while using them. Any other helpful hints or ideas? Iam at a loss as to what to do and really am sad that all the work I have done just washes away.

AbbeyD3 (author)HeatherB412015-11-12

I just read on another sight- if you add water to the paint it can weaken the bond. Not sure if that helps.

jmateos (author)2017-11-01

looks great!!

aspendog (author)2017-03-28

I made similar glasses. For some reason, when I baked them, wherever I went over leaves, the top color changed. For example the white paint turned yellow. They had come out really nice, and then after baking were awful. Was very discouraging seeing I had put a lot of work into them. I've worked with this paint before and have baked them before and never had that happen. Though I have never painted flowers OVER the leaves. For future glasses like these, I will not bake them. I'll just air cure for the 3 weeks. But why did this happen? Any suggestions? Thanks!

mama_rob (author)2017-01-24


Strange question.... I am having a get together with some friends and we will be painting wine glasses but I don't know the best way to send them home with them. I don't have an oven to bake them, so will the paint scratch off?

SandraP79 (author)2016-10-11

hard to find instructions on painting stemware and fireing it.

JuliaH34 (author)2016-05-24

Is there anything against baking the glasses in a gas oven?

JuliaH34 (author)2016-05-18

When the majority of the side of the wine glass is covered in paint, is it okay to bake the wine glass standing up? Or should it still be baked on its side?

aressa (author)JuliaH342016-05-18

I would never lay them on the side. Either stand upright or upside down. It really doesn't matter. I would not have it lay on a painted area when baking.

I hope this helps....Thanks..Amy

JuliaH34 (author)aressa2016-05-24

Thanks Amy that's super helpful!

KimF54 (author)2016-04-21

Hi. Can I use metallic sharpies to paint wine glasses? If so do I bake for 30 min at 350 to cure also?

joy1863 (author)2015-12-18

I painted a few of these glasses before reading this tutorial and i didn't prep the glasses with the alcohol. Can i still proceed to the oven step? I would hate to waste all the effort put in. thanks for any help

joy1863 (author)2015-12-18

I made a few glasses before reading this tutorial and i didn't Prep the glasses before painting, can i still put them in the oven...they came out so nice I would hate to waste the effort.

BridgetB10 (author)2015-12-17

I painted a wine glass last night, the gold paint bubbled when it baked. How do I remove the gold altogether?

LynnG17 (author)2015-12-10

do you put any type of clear coat or varnish over the paint after it dries but before putting in the oven? I'm making a few with sports team for my boys for christmas, but feel like it would be made stronger by some protective coating?

dawnbb (author)2011-12-11

I am going to try my luck at this type of project. However, can I use glasses bought from the dollar store?

PMBilly (author)dawnbb2014-01-28

I'm wondering if I can use a combination of glass paint and acrylic paints? Does the baking times differ with glass paint?

aressa (author)PMBilly2014-01-28

I would strickly use paint created for glass. I would be afraid that regular acrylic paint would not adhere properly to the glass, thus causing it to come off while being used. The different glass paints do have different baking times. Some do not require baking even...I would follow the directions on the bottles from the manufacturer. I would try to stay with the same paint brand for each project....Not sure how the different paints will interact with each other. You will find many of the paints behave differently from each other. Some are similar. It is a lot of trial and error to figure out what works best for you.

Best of luck!


Brejoycoll (author)aressa2015-09-28

Are you able to drink after the entire glass has been hand painted?

PMBilly (author)aressa2014-01-29

Thank you for replying so promptly Amy. Really appreciate it.

PMBilly (author)PMBilly2014-01-30

One more question if you don't mind? Is it possible to use gem stones on these and bake them with the paint? Making 12 of these, and personalizing them. Got one that loves bling so hoping I can use gemstones?

Yes you can i did a project for Christmas present and i bought my cups from the Dollar Tree. I even cured them for 30 mins in the oven and 350 degrees. they did fine and did not break in the oven

beezer12 (author)2015-08-27

i have an problem with colors of paint bleeding into the white paint. It happen with red most often, but has occurred with other colors. any advice?

FrankR21 (author)2015-08-26

Is there any prior preparation of the paint? I've tried the same paint on glass and cleaned the glass with rubbing alcohol but I don't get a good solid application. It will steak and not cover well.

Catherine Marie (author)2015-06-05

I Love IT! Thank you for the instructions. I haven't tried it yet, but I will. Right up my Alley!

Brejoycoll (author)2015-03-21

I am able to paint the entire wine glass for drinking. If so what brand may I use? Can I spray paint glasses and bake them as well?

jennifer.m.bowers.39 (author)2015-01-08

I was just wondering if you ever tried to paint on the acrylic wine glasses? If so can you still bake them to cure them or do you have to do the 21 day process?

HollyV (author)2015-01-05

Are the cured classes dishwasher safe or hand wash only?

thanks so much

emiliejol_ (author)2014-12-11

Can you use different brands at once? I just bought some Folkart, which says to bake at 350 for 30 minutes, and Gloss Enamel says to bake at 325 for 30 minutes. Thanks!

lisa.woodburn.3 (author)2014-12-05

what if ive made a mistake and want to remove a bit of the painted area, or decide to make a negative space of it? hoe do i remove any paint already existing on my glass? alcohol?

lnorton3 (author)2014-11-03

I know to bake the glass after it is painted, but I am painting a design on a beer mug, and the person likes to freeze their glass before he puts his beer in it. Can this be done over and over or would that crack the design?

treestar17 (author)2014-10-18

Hi Aressa,

This is my first encounter with instructables--thanks for the lesson! I purchased a few glasses at the Dollar Store (I noticed the comment below where you said they should still bake fine) and I want to create a few as gifts and some just for fun. I'm a writer so I want to write quotes and inspirational words; I purchased a whole set of Sharpie oil-based paint markers--would this process still work using the markers?



sue.moore.125 (author)2014-10-18

I just bought some wine glasses cheap at Goodwill and can't wait to go buy my paint. I'll let you know how they come out. You are great and I love that you don't mind sharing your secrets.

doris.sheltondrumm (author)2014-10-17

That is beautiful. I do have a question for you. I cured some cups i just recently painted. One of the pics ran while being cured. Is there a way to remove the paint after it is cured?

jjoyner5 (author)2014-04-15

So im going to try this. I have a large quantity of just acrylic paint due to doing mostly wood projects but was asked to do some wine glasses so with all the paint I already have I'm gonna attempt to use it. Do have a couple enamel paint markers as well. I've read on Web that a polyurethane can be applied after painting as well. Just wanted to know if this should be used after the heat cure? For extra dutability.. thanks

aressa (author)jjoyner52014-04-19

Good luck! I personally would only use paint created for use on glass. I have never coated my work with a polyurethane after painting, so I have no idea how that would work. All I can say, is you can experiement and see how it turns out. I would start with something you can practice on before painting the glasses.

I would follow the manufacturer's instructions when it comes to baking and air drying prior to baking. No all products require baking, but many do. They are all different... If you are using just regular acrylic paint, it may not indicate baking. That is something you will need to experiment with. Make sure glass is placed in a cold oven, then preheat. Remove glass from oven after cooling...

Good luck!


Bmci (author)2014-03-29

hi there this will be my first time and was wondering if there might be a simpler design to try.

aressa (author)Bmci2014-04-09

I am sorry, but I don't really have an easier design to show you right now...Do you have much painting experience?

Bmci (author)aressa2014-04-10

aressa no need to be sorry girl...I oil painted but that is several years ago did well sold gave away kept fav...but canvas is I have to tell all of you ladies you do beautiful work and I have all of the supplies and am set on doing something pretty or trying really hard. Thanks again and I will let you know if I sink or swim ..

monegacp (author)2014-04-09

You provide some the best instructions I have seen so far. I am having a Girls Night at my house this weekend and I have a couple of questions:

1. I have some friends that want to add Rhine Stones and Glitter to there wine glasses. How do you adhere them; are you able to put the material in the oven and be safe; and will it be dish washer safe.

2. When applying different players of color for instance if I Paint my glass a solid color when they want to write something on it, do I have to/should I wait until the first layer is dry?

3. Do you put the glasses in the oven when the paint is still wet, or do you have to wait until it is somewhat dry.

Thanks in advance for your advise.

aressa (author)monegacp2014-04-09

Thanks for contacting me. It can be a little tricky to apply rhinestones. I recommend E6000 glue. The problem can be getting the stones to stay in place until the glue dries. If they add these I would only recommend hand washing.

I would follow the instructions on the paint you are using. There are many different kinds of glass paints out on the market. They all have their own instructions.

I know that many of the glass paints can be placed in the dishwasher on the top rack. I often recommend hand washing to preserve the design longer.

You will need to allow the paint to dry before painting on top of it with another color. If not, it may run together or smear.

Folk Art Enamels request that you allow the paint to air dry for 1 hour prior to baking. Some paints require 24 hours before baking.

The main thing when baking is to place the glass in a cold oven, then preheat. Allow the oven to cool prior to removing the glass from the oven.

I hope this helps....Have fun!

Kwomen (author)2013-12-18

Hello I just want to know if after painting the glasses are they safe to drink from?? I'm just concerned if I make these I don't want anyone getting sick. Thank you

JulieQ (author)2013-03-06

If I am using a clear medium, exactly when do I apply it? Before baking, after baking? Do you just brush it on over what you've painted or is there a spray? I'm really excited to try this :)

kkbenitez (author)2013-01-04

your glasses are beautiful. I have just started painting on glass and would like to know how to put on the paint without getting lines in it

aressa (author)kkbenitez2013-01-04

Thanks! I appreciate the nice comment....

As for lines, I guess I would have to see what you are referring to. It may be that you aren't putting the paint on thick enough, or if you are using Folk Art Enamels, you may need to add some flow medium or clear medium. It also can be the brushes you are using....

The glasses in this turtorial were painted with the One Stroke technique. I think that eleminates a lot of the lines because of the two paints, and may the way the strokes are done.

In some instances, you may see lines when you hold it up to the light....

There are also wonderful paint brushes for glass through a site called, Jillybean Fitzhenry.. Link: . These are nice to use when placing one color of paint on the glass, and helps get a more opaque look....

I hope this helps...Let me know if you have any other questions...


ninercheer13 (author)2012-12-27

I followed her instructions using the Folk Art Enamels and wine glasses made in the USA from World Market ($2 each), and mine turned out great!! So excited to find a glass painting tutorial that actually turns out the way it's supposed to :)

aressa (author)ninercheer132012-12-27

That's so nice..I appreciate the kind words....If you took any pictures, I'd love to see them....You can email me at ....


Tank2797 (author)2012-12-21

Will try this weekend to do something like these wine glasses:  Will let you know how it went.

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