Saturday, February 5, 2011

Hand Painted Wine Glasses for a Wedding Shower

This past weekend the girls got together to paint wine glasses for my nieces bridal party.  These glasses, with her wedding date hand written on the bottom, will be a unique "remember the date" gift for those attending her shower.  Glass painting is so simple and such a creative reason to gather the girls, I thought you might want to give it a try...

Supplies and Instructions:

SuppliesClear Wine Glasses - these don't need to be expensive, we picked ours up at Target, but you can get them anywhere ~ Gloss Enamel Paint - we used Liqitex, Pebeo and Americana  ~ Paint Brushes - Small to medium brushes and you'll definitely want some with a fine tip for adding detail ~ Sketch paper and pencils for sketching out your designs, or you can download and print design ideas ~ Isopropyl Alcohol, tissues, and q-tips  - for cleaning your glassware and for wiping off mistakes ~ Oven for heat setting the paint.

Extra Supply:  Wine - to loosen things up and to help the ideas flow - and after all - we were painting wine glasses!

Directions:  * Thoroughly wash glasses and wipe down with Isopropyl alcohol to remove any trace of dirt and grease. 
 * To paint your design on glasses you may free hand the design ~ which is what we did using simple shapes and repetitive designs.  

The artists were of all ages and artistic abilities and each one of the painted wine glasses turned out truly fabulous.  You can also use stencils, or place a picture that you like on the inside of the glass with a little bit of tape, then copy that image.  

 * Apply your colors on the outside of the glass.* If you make a mistake, dip a q-tip in rubbing alcohol and gently wipe it away.  For larger mishaps you can dip a napkin in alcohol then rub off what you don't want. 

Be creative, be artistic and just have fun.  Remember, if you make a mistake - take a sip of wine, wipe away your problem and continue with your painting.

 Use your fine tip brush and a little bit of paint to outline or add detail to your design.  To paint the bottom, turn your glass upside down and brush on a coat of paint.  We did this and once the paint was dry, added the brides wedding date.

 Allow the glasses to dry for 48 hours before proceeding to the next step of heat setting in the oven. Stand the glasses upside down on a soft surface such as a folded tea towel to allow them to dry. 

Try to keep them away from the kitchen or bathrooms, where moisture could affect the drying. Then follow the instructions on your paint bottle for oven heating.

If you paint the underside of your glasses, turn them upside down when placing them in the oven.  Make sure the glasses are placed in a cold oven, so the temperature is not too extreme which would cause the glasses to break.

Have fun and let me know if you give this a try!  Cheers to the Bride and Groom!  Viva Las Vegas!!!


  1. What a great idea! They look phenomenal!!

  2. Glass painting is really an awesome.I want to try it.
    -wine glass

  3. So neat! I love that this is something inexpensive that anyone can do without too much artistic talent. The girls must have had tons of fun doing this. ~Val

  4. Hand Painted Wine Glasses are the new hot wine gift. If you are creative enough, as the artists in this blog, to design them yourself, it gives the gift an even more personal touch. For those of us who aren't so artistic, you can find a fun collection of hand painted glasses at WineVine Imports.

  5. Thank you for your comments. The evening was a blast and painting wine glasses is so easy it really does make for a fun party idea.

  6. Hi. This looks fun! Did you mix the paints that you used? I have read that you may not mix different brands of paint. We have just done it once with the pebeo Vitrea paint and markers, but I want to try the Folk Art, or some less transparent paint...but it would be cool to use the markers for lettering and details along with that.
    I just wondered if you had any trouble after heat setting with the different brands of paint used together...bubbling or anything.
    Thanks for your help.

  7. The gloss acrylic paints tend to mix a little bit better and don't bubble or turn a different shade when heat set. I have had bubbling in the past, but it was probably because too much paint was applied to the glass. Thanks for your comments and let me know how yours turn out.

  8. WoooooooW its very nice collections to see as i ve seen in the wedding planner.


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