Introduction: How to Permanently Paint Glass Dishes

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Learn how to paint glass dishes that are food and dishwasher safe. These have an Alice In Wonderland theme, but you can paint them in any style you want.

Step 1: See the Video Tutorial

Step 2: You'll Need

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You'll need:

Americana Gloss Enamels (dishwasher safe when baked on)

Krylon Metallic Gold Shortcuts Pen

Fine tip permanent marker



Glass plates

Wine glasses

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Clean your glass with alcohol

Carefully edge the plate with the gold Krylon paint pen

Add gold to the center part of the plate also

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Draw a 1/2" square grid on the FRONT of the plate

Fill in the squares on the back of the plate with white Americana Gloss Enamel

Next paint in the black squares with your black Americana Gloss Enamel

Add polkadots around the outer rim of the plate (try using several different colors)

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Paint stripes on the base of the wine glass

Paint the stem of the glass in another color. I chose yellow

Paint on some polkadots

Add more gold accents with the pen to finish up

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Place the dishes in the oven and bake at 325˚ for 30 minutes

Let cool and repeat for another 30 minutes

Step 7: You're Done!

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Andrea_Schrag (author)2016-12-02

I have some of my mom's old salt & pepper shakers and was hoping to repaint the tops because they are rusty, but I'm having trouble figuring out what paint would be ok to use since the salt & pepper will touch the paint. I read through your comments since this post is the closest I've found, and it sounds like I could paint with anything as long as I seal it with the minwax sealer you talked about. Is that right? Or is there a better way to go about this? Another "simple" project that is turning out to be complicated. :) Thanks for any help - Andrea

PattyP17 (author)Andrea_Schrag2017-12-10

I am all about food safety, but for salt and pepper tops that screw on, I would be far less concerned than I would be for plates, mugs and storage containers . If one is painting only the ouside of the tops, you could first remove the rust and oxidation with a wire brush or sandpaper, then use very find emery paper (with the black water-resistant grit) to smooth out the deeper scratches, progressing from say 200 grit to 400, then 600. I've gone as high as an 800 grit on sterling sliver to get as shiny a finish as possible before buffing. Then thoroughly clean with 91% rubbing alcohol, dry and spray paint with a white primer. You just want enough to coat. Allow to dry and cure according to can directions, then spray with gold or silver spray paint, or whatever clor matches you project. Allow to cure, then use a high gloss spray clear coat suitable for the spray paint. All the above finishes are mildly toxic if food makes sufficient contact, but salt and pepper is only in contact with the holes for only a second or two. It's not like you have something liquid, or acid like tomato sauce, or even heated, coming into contact with the finish for enough time for it to dissolve at all.

I just realized as well, for the final gloss finish you can use a water-based clear coat that brushes on, like a water-based polyurethane that is non-toxic, or maybe less toxic, but not officially food safe. I don't know if it can be gotten in a spray, as most spray products for painting or finishing are petroleum based. I did use a water based brush on for clear coating a painted gold picture frame to keep the gold from darkening, because I have experienced pertoleum-based clear coats interacting with pertroleum-based paint coats and changing their look, color, and dulling them. Anyway, though i asm extraordiarily careful about keeping things food safe, I would srapy apint the tops myself. I do npot necessarily sugeest anyone else do it - my disclaimer.

Hi Andrea,
Your best bet so you don't have to worry about any of this is to take a Dremel and the wire brush and brush off the rust down to the metal. If it's only a little bit of rust you'll be fine.

If you want to soak off the rust you can use citric acid which you can buy in powder form.

If either of those two aren't an option you might use a good sandpaper OR a wire brush to get the metal back to where it was. I'd stay away from painting.

Thank you Mark for your quick response! Bummed that my idea won't work, but once I started researching the idea I wondered if I'd have trouble since I couldn't find any info on it. :)

Ok - thanks for such a quick reply! :)

GoldLions (author)2017-03-23

got a pair of 1940's-50's Vintage made in Japan ceramic Salt/Pepper shakers with
some red paint loss, would like to fix. Any suggestions what paints I could use in bright red that won't fade nor wash off and where to buy it?

ElizabethT88 (author)2017-02-27

So I tried your suggestion step by step painted a piece a vase with the enamel paint suggested bake at 350 for 30 minutes once it was completely cooled I took it out the oven and decided to wash it to test it and the paint came right off what am I doing wrong

Hi Elizabeth. Make sure to clean the glass with rubbing alcohol. Paint your piece and then let it cure for a day or two. They suggest leaving it to cure for a few days on the bottle. Then bake it and let it cool. I'm thinking that will work. Are you using the DecoArt Gloss Enamels for paint? Those are the paints I use. Any other paints will definitely wash off.


SakuraB2 (author)2017-02-26

Hi! I've actually watched this video a while back, but I'm still looking.
Is there a way to paint a white ceramic tea set and make it heat, wash, and food safe??

Mark Montano (author)SakuraB22017-02-26

Thanks, it is me. That actual guy.

Mark Montano (author)SakuraB22017-02-26

If you're painting on the outside of the tea set it is food safe. You just don't want the paint to touch food or the tea.

Also, if you bake after painting they will be dishwasher safe. Test it on a small dish first and make sure to clean your surfaces with alcohol.

Have fun!

SakuraB2 (author)Mark Montano2017-02-26

I thought qbout that but lips touch the brim of cups and tea cakes could touch the saucers so I'm looking for hest and food safe glaze too now :/
Btw. If you are the actual youtuber that's so cool!!
I think I'm subbed to you, but I definitely watch your videos!

SuzanneE18 (author)2017-02-23

Hi Mark

I live in a Victorian House and the front door would have had stained glass in it originally. Now it has a clear glass with a raised flower pattern, which I'd like to colour permanently. Is there something that I can use that doesn't need to be cured in an oven, and will still be permanent?

Many thanks

Mark Montano (author)SuzanneE182017-02-23

Not sure about how permanent, but the Gloss Enamels are a good choice either way. You don't have to bake them.

Mark Montano (author)2017-01-08

Not familiar with that brand. I use DecoArt Gloss Enamels.

glitterjo (author)2017-01-08

Hi I have painted a plate for myself using porcelain paint pens I baked it once as stated then left overnight. The plate washed fine but when I used it my knife and fork had left scratch marks in the design is there any safe gloss I could use or anything else I could do to stop this happening. Thanks

Mark Montano (author)glitterjo2017-01-08

I usually don't use a knife and fork on my painted plates. Best to paint on the underside of a glass plate for these types of projects unless they are for dry foods like cookies or bread.

What brand were you using?

glitterjo (author)Mark Montano2017-01-08

I am using the edding porcelain pens then baking once on gas mark 4 for 25 mins.

tharris6 (author)2016-12-28

Thanks Mark! This is great. Do you know of any options for silverwear?

leeparkson (author)2016-04-22

Please explain how it is not food safe, when it IS non toxic? If there are no toxins, why would it not be safe?

Mark Montano (author)leeparkson2016-04-22

Like most paints, this has latex and there are some people who have latex allergies. Latex is not a toxin, unless you are allergic. Like peanuts for example, non toxic, but deadly if you're allergic to nuts. Because there are some people out there who are allergic to latex, the FDA insists this paint is labeled this was. Hope that helps.

leeparkson (author)Mark Montano2016-04-22

That DOES help. Finally, an answer i understand. Thanks.
Since my family has no latex allergies, it should be ok to paint the inside of a sugar bowl.

tharris6 (author)leeparkson2016-12-28

I know this message was not to me, and is also 8 months old, but...

Even if there is not an existing allergy, I'd recommend NOT painting the inside because:

1) Repeated exposure to latex can CAUSE an allergy.

2) If you ever bake something for anyone OTHER than your family, they may have an allergy. (Cookies for work? Bake sale? Having guests over?) Generally since latex is not present in food, they would not think to ask. The vast majority of latex allergies are very mild with trace amounts, but there are some people out there who it could trigger anaphylaxis.

Mark Montano (author)leeparkson2016-04-22

this way, not this was.....No edit button.

clyonesse (author)2016-12-13

Any recommended products to permanently mark the outside of jars for measurement purposes? Everything I've tried so far washes right off. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

Mark Montano (author)clyonesse 2016-12-13

Try oil based sharpies.

Shaz Roberts (author)2016-12-04

Hi Mark,

I'd like to colour some clear kilner bottles to store some home made sloe gin in as the bottles need to be dark. Every paint I've looked at needs to be oven set and I don't think I can do that with the Kilner bottles. Can you help please? Thanks for any help in advance :-)

Most glass can be put in the oven as long as the pieces attached aren't made of plastic. The oven curing temp for most glass paints is 325. My only suggestion is the Americana Crystal Gloss Enamels. They have a brown and it's translucent so it will look like brown glass. However, it still has to be cured.

Good luck!

Thank you, I will look for it in the UK!

kadcake (author)2016-12-04

Do you have any recommendations for paint pens that are non toxic, permanent on glass plates, and can come in contact with food after being cooked in the oven? Thanks.

Mark Montano (author)kadcake2016-12-04

If you're going to paint on a plate, paint on the back of a clear plate so that the paint doesn't touch the food. Since you're bottling something, painting on the outside of the bottle will be fine. Other than actually glazing and baking in kiln, you won't find a paint that is food safe. Most of them must comply with FDA regulations because they use latex and a segment of the population is latex sensitive.

TeresaB101 (author)2016-11-08

Wow! Am I glad I'm an insomniac and stumbled onto your page! I'm a crafter, but had no idea this could be done. Was looking for a specific design on dinnerware--couldn't find it. I'll make my own. Thanks!

Mark Montano (author)TeresaB1012016-11-08

Yup, so fun to do Teresa! Just make sure to cure and bake them according to directions and you're golden!

valerieveto (author)2016-11-07

Hi Mark, love your designs. Have wstched you on HGTV. I would like to do a solid aqua or teal. I would like it to be a cleat aqua but I want to paint beads. How would I do this? Thanks so much. This is so exciting. Might make this a hobby

CraftyEngineer (author)2016-10-26

I am hoping to spray paint a metallic coating to glassware, any tips/hints/advice for what to use and how to make it last? I've been told Krylon lasts, but would I need to coat it with something to make it machine washable or would they need to be hand washed items?

First, you only want to spray the BACK of glass that doesn't touch the food and it's fine. I wouldn't spray anywhere that touches your mouth or food. That's why I almost exclusively use clear glass plates. After that you can coat your work with Americana Dishwasher Safe Decoupage for top shelf cleaning. It works very well. You can also use a Minwax polycrylic in clear gloss and hand wash them quickly and they will be fine.

Skyrose (author)2016-10-16

Hi Mark I just started the craft of painting glass
Trouble is some paint seems to scratch I'm using folk art enamels and some Americana Also I was told to use saharpow oil. Asked paint pens for fine lines and words, but when I baked them the paint pens faded significantly
Can I coat over my painted wine glasses with the no wax that you talk about and if so does it leave a film over the art work that is visible
Please get back to me as I am making 20 wine glasses for a 50th girls weekend celebration and I am frazzled
Thank you so much

Mark Montano (author)Skyrose2016-10-16

Make sure to paint on the underside of the glass. That is where you need to paint so that the knives and forks don't scratch the paint. Also, you need to make sure they cure for the amount of time it says on the bottle and then bake them. Next, you can use a clear coat (minwax polycrylic) to coat the undersides if you want. It is very helpful and won't harm the look. Not sure about doing it on the wine glasses but you could go over the painted part only. You might also try using the dishwasher safe decoupage from Americana to go over the painted areas. That's what I do and it works well.

Artistparachrist (author)2016-09-19

Could I possible just draw on the dishes with sharpie and go with that while also having them still be dishwasher safe and not smudge? Or is there a type of paint that I could just paint on the glass and have it stick permanently and be dishwasher safe?

Yes, you can use the Americana Gloss Enamels and follow the directions for curing and baking. Then they will be dishwasher safe. I'd stay away from the Sharpie.

annaeidson (author)2016-09-12

I'm decoupaging photos onto plates. I haven't had great success getting good coverage with the Gloss Enamels. Can I decoupage the photo, then spray paint the background and then bake it to set it?

Mark Montano (author)annaeidson2016-09-17

Please send me a photo of your plates at I'd love to see them!

Mark Montano (author)annaeidson2016-09-12

You can use spray paint......Don't bake it. Just coat it with several coats of a polycrylic/clear coat on the back and let it dry for a couple of days. You can then sponge wash them quickly and the dishes will be fine. I've done it before and just sponge wash them quickly.

annaeidson (author)Mark Montano2016-09-17

Thank you so much for your help, Mark. I wanted to send you a photo of my "McKenzie Childs" dessert plates. I tried painting them..they were a disaster (you have a rare talent!). So I decoupaged bandanas on the back and painted a gold rim around the edge. I'm so tickled with the results. I'd have never attempted this project without your encouragement and help.

stephanier59 (author)2016-04-03

Is it possible to use these paints in an airbrush? If yes, what would be used to thin the paint?

Most of the DecoArt paints can be thinned with 10% water and if that can be used with your airbrush, then you're good to go.

AlexisN14 (author)Mark Montano2016-08-27

There is actually an acrylic paint thinner called "airbrush medium" so that you dont have to worry about water breaking down the paint. I bought mine with amazon prime and got it in 2 days from Golden company.

JulieA40 (author)2016-03-26

I am wanting to do some stems on wine glasses and the underside, but I want them blingy with glitter, can I add a little ultra fine glitter to the gloss enamel paint and then still be able to bake? I wasn't sure if this would work or not but do not like the mod podge part of curing for 21 or so days. Thanks in advance.

Mark Montano (author)JulieA402016-03-27

The heat of the oven would ruin the glitter. The best thing to do is get Americana Dishwasher Safe decoupage. Apply it to the glass, add the glitter and then coat it with more decoupage. Wait until it cures (takes a while) and then you'll be good to go.

JulieA40 (author)Mark Montano2016-03-27

Thanks for the response, and that was exactly what I was worried about.

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