The first time I made these was about 5 years ago. I was trying to throw a rather large bridal shower on a minimal budget. What I finally came up with was cheap wine glasses custom-painted with the names of the Bride and Groom as well as the date of the wedding. I have been in love with custom painting glasses since then. The glasses can be put in the dishwasher (though if you want to guarantee your artwork will last it’s always best to handwash). I can say that in my house there is no place for things that don’t go in the dishwasher so my glasses get used, and abused, then stuck in the dishwasher for another round. The paint on them has stayed on strong for quite some time! I’d like to add that when I painted this glass I tried to Sharpie on the back before I baked it. That was supposed to have the same result. However, after a dozen washes in the dishwasher the Sharpie is no where to be found and the paint still looks brand new. Save yourself the headache and buy the paint!
- Wine glass
- Glass paint (~$2 and goes a long way)
- Paintbrush (or toothpick if you’re doing a thin design like text)
- Be sure your glass is clean and dry. You can use nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol to be sure the surface is clean before you start.
- Figure out your design. Some people can walk up to an empty canvas and paint… some people can’t. I have my days but in this particular instance I’m going to show you a nifty trick on stenciling through the glass. I printed my logo onto a piece of paper and taped it inside the glass. It is a bit tricky painting over it as the thickness of the glass keeps you from actually touching the design but it helps give you a ballpark of where you should be.
- Paint. In this case I used a toothpick as I don’t have a wide selection or brushes and had nothing nearly as small as I wanted for the thin lines of text. Patience is a virtue with this project.
- Allow to air dry 48 hours.
- Bake per the instructions on the bottle
- Enjoy a glass of wine!
If at any point you make a mistake you can wipe it off before it dries or use a little nail polish remover. Just be sure the area is dry again before you go back to your artwork! Best part, you don’t even need to top coat or seal the paint – it’s design, bake, and use! If you decide to get crafty you can share some of your artwork in the comments below!