DIY: Painted Martini (or Wine) Glasses

I love to have a story about anything and I always feel like something hand-crafted is better than something purchased (with some exceptions, of course!). I painted these glasses years ago and still love them, although I’m terrible at making any sorts of actual martinis. I also think this would be a fun idea for a girls night in – painting some glasses over wine or cocktails!

Painting on glass is relatively easy with these enamel paints. This is not a fast drying paint = if you a make a mistake, it’s very easy to fix it. Also, if you decide you don’t like what you’ve made at all, you can easily wash it off with warm water! As such, this is a very forgiving art project for beginners.

What You Need

The supply list is quite simple:

  • Paints (above)
  • Glass of choice (wine glasses, martini glasses, glass canisters, really anything!) – I would recommend something that’s not too thin so it can withstand heating in the oven. Home Goods, TJ Maxx, and Target are all great places to find inexpensive glassware for this purpose
  • Alcohol (for cleaning the glasses)
  • Brushes
  • Optional:
    • Toothpicks (for fine detailing)
    • Q-tips (for fine tuning details)
  • Paper towels

How to Do It

The steps I followed are below:

  1. Prep the glass: Wash the glass with soap and water, remove any stickers, dry, and then clean further with alcohol.
  2. Paint: Decorate the glass with your design of choice.
    1. For laying down the major design elements and colors I used small round and small flat brushes
    2. For the finer details (e.g., the piano keys or the cards / casino chips) I used a toothpick.
    3. For example, the piano keys I initially drew black and white with brushes and went back with the toothpick to make the white dividers.
    4. I also would use a wet Q-tip to clean up any paint that was excess or to create more perfect edges.
    5. Again, you can easily pick off paint as you progress and decide you don’t like a specific area of the design.
  3. Dry: Allow to dry for 1 hour after finishing painting.
  4. Bake: Bake for 30 mins in an oven at 350 degrees. I put my glass into a cold oven to avoid risk of breakage at sudden high heat. As such, I’d suggest putting it in the cold oven and then baking for 30 mins once heated to the right temperature.
  5. Cool: Leave out until completely cool.
  6. Care: Although technically dishwasher safe, I’d suggest only hand washing the painted glass to ensure they last!
  7. Drink and Enjoy!

Please share photos when you create your own and let me know if you have any additional questions!

Happy crafting!


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2 responses to “DIY: Painted Martini (or Wine) Glasses”

  1. Nisha Waltermyer says:

    Beautiful!! I may try this for my next craft club!!

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