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How to Make Hand Painted Wine Glasses

Madhura Pandit
Decorative, painted wine glasses can be easily made at home. Follow these instructions to make these lovely gifts for your loved ones.
Hand painted wine glasses make superb wedding favors and gifts for all occasions. However, beautiful decorative wine glasses can be expensive. So, why not make them at home? Making these is one of the best engaging craft projects for adults and kids. Also, it can be a useful as you can make your own gift items at home and get rid of mismatched wine glasses.

Painting Wine Glasses At Home

There are different types of wine glasses you can use for painting. You will require the following things:

♣ Wineglasses (type and number as per your choice)
♣ 2 ¼ inch flat brushes
♣ 1 script liner
♣ 1 spongy brush
♣ Gloss acrylic enamel paint colors of your choice (meant for glass painting)
♣ 1 Styrofoam plate
♣ Paper towels and container to wash brush
✤ Firstly, wash the wineglasses clean and pat them dry completely.

✤ Now with a sponge, put a very thin layer of enamel surface conditioner and let it dry completely.

✤ There are two methods of making designs on wine glasses. Firstly, you can make a stencil of the design on a butter or wax paper. Cut the paper according to the design.
✤ Now put the stencil directly on the glass and color according to the design. Let it dry and then remove the paper.

✤ Secondly, you can select your design and practice on a paper directly with colors until you gain perfection. Once done, you can directly paint on the wine glasses and let it dry.

✤ Both the methods are equally simple.
✤ The flat brushes are used for painting larger designs, and the script liner for drawing and painting the fine lines.

✤ Once done with the drawing and painting, let the glasses dry for 24-40 hours.

✤ Now you will need to bake the glass so that the color sets completely.
✤ Place the colored glass in the oven, heat the oven to 325 degrees F and bake for 5-10 minutes.

✤ Turn the oven off and allow the glass to cool inside the oven. (do not take the glasses out with bare hands, they will be very hot)

✤ Once the glass is cooled completely, you are done. Your homemade painted wine glasses are ready!

Design Ideas

The following are some design options that you can consider for making decorated wine glasses.
  • Floral patterns, flowers, and leaves, buds, etc.
  • Fish, aquarium, reef
  • Stars, dots, hearts, smiley
  • Names, initials, short quotes
  • Fruits like grapes, oranges, etc.
Stem wine glasses, stemless wine glasses as well as German wine glasses, etc., can be used for making these favors. You can fill these hand painted glasses with chocolates, candies, or other goodies when gifting them as favors. Remember that these glasses should always be cleaned with a mild detergent and by hand. Do not put them into dishwasher.
So what are you waiting for, collect those extra unused wine glasses from your pantry and decorate them to gift your best friends something creative and unique. Good luck!