Wine Glass Painting

Wine Glass Painting

I’m always looking for ways to have a ‘girls night’.  So, I came up with a ‘get together’ craft idea. There may be some drinking involved, but when including a craft, not too much drinking is happening when everyone is busy with their project and preoccupied. Of course, there’s the option of drinking after the craft is complete.  I guess that all depends on you and the type of ‘company’ you are inviting.

A friend of mine and I had the idea of wine glass painting.  We ended up planning a girls night, just her and I, and gave it a try.  It was a lot of fun and we were quite impressed with our ability to paint. We thought about even making them for gifts for people too. Our minds began to expand on the possibilities.

Months later I planned a wine glass painting party at my house and a few other friends came along to give it a try.  You always get the not-so-confident people admitting their lack of talent, but are a true sport to try new things; It ended up being a lot of fun.  One of my friends liked it so much, she started doing it on her own at home; making more painted glasses for gifts for her friends and family.

Great!  I’m glad it was such a success.  It’s really quite easy to do and you really don’t need that much of an imagination.


Here’s what you need to get started:

  • Glass paint–can either air dry for several days or you can bake it in the oven for a quicker result.  Specific directions are on the paint paint
  • Wine glasses
  • Paint brushes of your choosing
  • Dotting tool
  • Paper plates for paint pallet
  • Water cup–for rinsing your brush
  • Tarp/newspaper/trash bags–put one of these down to protect your surface area.

Now, between you and I, I buy my wine glasses at a dollar/discount store (dollar tree).  They are a dollar a piece. Way more affordable than buying them at other stores.  You can buy your paint supplies at crafts stores, but I usually buy my paint colors and brushes at Walmart.  If I want an unusual color, or one specific, chances of finding what I’m looking for at Walmart are slim, so I will go to the craft stores to get those.  Walmart is a lot cheaper than craft stores for paints and brushes. Don’t forget, mixing colors on your paper plate pallet will allow you to expand your color pallet as well.   As for the dotting tools, I can honestly say that I’m not sure where to buy a dotting tool because I am always borrowing my daughter’s. She purchased dotting tools for the purpose of nail art; for painting her nails. So, I’m assuming a nail store would carry those.  You can always use toothpicks for finer dots.  See what you have lying around the house before you go out and buy painting tools  (I have even used a pen that was out of ink, the tip created the same dot that a dotting tool gave me).

What to paint?  Anything. I have seasonal glasses, one for every holiday and season.  I put them out on display and switch them out after a while.

I painted a bunch of different wine glasses for friends at work, and included a gift certificate to a local liquor store.  This gift serves 3 purposes… 1. A homemade gift, something that I took the time to create, 2. Painting can be a stress reliever, and 3. Your friends can get their drink on.

Painting multiple glasses at once, can save time and increase your productivity.  I had several colors ready when I painted these four glasses at once.  Hard to believe, but it only took me 10-15 minutes to paint all the petal parts of these glasses.  When painting the flower glasses, I usually paint the center (from the bottom), let it dry, then I paint the base and stem green, let it dry, then paint the petals.

NEVER PAINT INSIDE THE GLASS!  All of your art is painted on the exterior of the glass–there is a warning label on the glass paint container.

The fun thing about wine glass painting is, you don’t have to be an artist to do it.  There are simple ideas and then there are a little more elaborate ideas. Start off small…you might even surprise yourself at the outcome.  Look on Google Images, under ‘wine glass painting’ for more ideas and creations. 

I made up picture cards with different glass designs for the purpose of hosting parties.  I gathered different images of wine glass, that I found on Google Images, made a collage, and then laminated them to set on the table for my guests to use.  Some people lack creativity, and that’s okay, but these cards were very helpful for my friends to mimic an idea on the cards, or go off of it to get there own ideas and colors.   The best part is, I can reuse the cards for future parties, or add more, because they are waterproof (from being laminated). 

You can host these parties with as many, or as few, people as you choose.  You can charge as little as $5-10 and a bottle of inexpensive wine per person.  Which isn’t an unreasonable price. The $5-10 covers a lot of the paint and glass costs and the wine is to sip while painting. (Of course, drink responsibly. No drinking and driving). 


PARTY TIME!!  When you’ve made the decision that you want to try having a party of your own…You can create a private event on Facebook, inviting the people that you would like to attend: Choose your own theme, or upload your own picture or video, name of event, location, date/time, description of your event. You can also check the box if you will allow guests to invite friends.

wine bottle openerYou don’t always have to go the ‘party’ route, but this does make for a nice event to spend time with friends and have a reason to get together.  You might even consider making a career out of it. You never know.

A wine bottle open and topper available (click on the picture).


Good luck at trying out wine glass painting and I hope you enjoy it just as much as I do.  If you had the opportunity to paint a glass, what would you paint?  If you have any creative ideas that I could use, please comment below.  I’m always looking for a new challenge.  


8 Replies to “Wine Glass Painting”

  1. Looks like you’ve got some great ideas for what to paint on the glasses. My wife has parties like this, the only problem is I have to leave with the kids lol.

    Whats the besy way to wash the glasses after they are painted? Do you know if there is anything to make the painted glasses dishwasher safe?

    1. Thank you.
      Well, women need their ‘girl time’ with their friends and giving them that, makes them happy. Isn’t it a husband’s duty to make their woman happy (and vice versa)? That’s great that you do that for her…and there’s nothing wrong with you getting some one on one time with the kids.
      The best way to wash the glasses is by hand. The paint is not dishwasher safe. Great questions by the way. I may go back in and edit my post to make sure that information is in there. You could purchase a clear coat spray paint to spray on after the paint has been cured, but you have to avoid getting it in the glass itself. I usually stuff the inside with paper towels and put my glass upside down on a piece of cardboard, outside, and spray a few coats. It may delay the design from coming off, but I haven’t had a painted glass long enough, or had enough wear to know how long it lasts.

    1. So do I!! A future post, I will be discussing rock painting. This is something we have used at many different gatherings, even my kids birthday parties. It’s always been a hit. The best part about creating things like this is, you can keep it or give it as a gift;-)

  2. Yesss I have been looking for a girl’s night activity and I think this is going to be really fun! I love painting, so this should be a breeze for me. Thanks for posting this!

    1. You’re welcome!! I have sat on so many great ideas for so long, that I finally decided to share as many as I can. I hope you do get to do this with some friends…it’s so much fun! I love painting too, and have so many more painting activities that I can’t wait to get out there. Thanks for stopping by.

    1. Aren’t they?! This has definitely been a hit with a lot of my friends!! Personally, I have never had the paint come off, but that’s because I wash them very gently. I also use clear coat spray paint, but I am not saying a recommend it; due to the warnings on the can. I use tape to go around the rim and then put the wine glass upside down on a piece of card board, I then spray the part of the glass that’s painted.

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