DIY Painted Wine Glasses
**Update: I originally wrote about these DIY Painted Wine Glasses way back in 2013. If you came here from Pinterest, you’re in the right place! I just updated the pictures a bit and made a video – go check it out!**
Back in 2013, when I was a freshman in college (omg so long ago), I was poor. I know, shocking right?? Needless to say, my part-time job at the daycare was not rolling in the cash. To save some money on Christmas presents, I decided to DIY wherever I could. However, I have a strict policy when it comes to DIY: it can’t be cheesy. I started scouring the internet for ideas and eventually came across a picture of some rainbow-y, dotted drinking glasses. Honestly, I looked everywhere for a tutorial, but there was none to be found. I remember spending countless hours researching how to paint glass. Eventually, I came across a painting tutorial for something entirely different (I can’t even recall what it was anymore) and decided to try it on glass anyways. And, it worked! So I posted it, pinned it, and thought nothing of it.
And uhhh, it took off? Like, I get thousands of views on this post every month. If you look up “DIY Painted Wine Glasses” on Pinterest, my old images are sure to come up. This was before I knew what optimized pins, SEO, and alt-text meant. This was literally before I knew what a DSLR is. The original pictures were tiny thumbnails, kinda blurry, at awful angles. And people just kept clicking anyways. It still blows my mind. The good old days of blogging, amirite?
But, my work has come a long way since 2013, so I decided to update my DIY Painted Wine Glasses post and also make a video, because I’m meta like that. AND GUESS WHAT GUYS. Craft stores have like, a bajillion times more glass paint options than they did in 2013! Back then, you only got like, 10 color options. Now, there are tons. There’s metallics and sparkles and shades galore. It’s amazing. However, I still recommend the Martha Stewart or another high-quality brand. Otherwise, it might just chip off. (Side note on this: those rainbow glasses are the same ones that I made in 2013! They totally held up).
ALSO, because this is a food blog after all, I added a fun little cocktail recipe at the end. It’s a super easy Pear Gin Spritz that has the perfect flavors for all the Christmas parties! It’s sososo good. I’d highly recommend making this cocktail even if you never get around to painting glasses. Or, you can make my Pomegranate Brown Derby which is also perfect for Christmas 😛
Lastly! The video is posted below, but if you are old school, or want to print the directions, I included the written step-by-step below. Ok, I think that’s it?? If you make these, make sure to tag me on Insta with @serendipitybysaralynn and #serendipitybysaralynn.
DIY Painted Wine Glasses
You will need…
- Drinking glasses of choice
- Rubbing alcohol
- Q-tips, lollipop sticks, toothpicks, paintbrushes, etc.
- High-quality glass paint (it’s important that it’s made for glass – I like the Martha Stewart brand)
-First, wipe down your glasses with a clean cloth and the rubbing alcohol. Make sure to clean them really well, or any dust/dirt will chip off the paint.
-Next, it’s time to paint. You can buy as many colors as you want or mix colors together. Using Q-tips or lollipop sticks, dot the paint all over the wine glasses. Start at the bottom of the glasses, and work your way down the sides. Add as many or as little dots as you’d like.
-Continue painting the dots until you’re happy with how it looks. If you’d like, use a toothpick to paint smaller dots in the empty spaces.
-**Now this step is v important**. Place your glasses on a baking sheet. Next, place the baking sheet with the glasses in a COLD oven. Turn the oven to 350* F. When it’s preheated, set a timer for 30 minutes.
-After 30 minutes, turn off the oven. DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN! If the cold air gets in there, the glasses could explode. Let the glasses cool completely (preferably overnight). Then, remove them from the oven.
-Lastly, let the glasses cure for at least three days. Wash, and voila! Beautiful, handpainted glasses for your loved ones <3
And, of course, here’s the perfect winter cocktail to serve in your beautiful new glasses 😉
Pear Gin Spritz
Pear Gin Spritz
- A few chunks of pear
- 1/2 tsp honey syrup (or simple syrup)
- 1 shot gin
- Dry sparkling wine/prosecco/champagne, or sparkling water
- A few rosemary sprigs
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle the pear with the honey syrup or simple syrup. Add the gin and a few cubes of ice. Shake until the outside of the cocktail shaker is frosty. Strain into a cocktail glass. Top with a splash of dry wine or sparkling water. Slap a sprig of rosemary to release the oils. Garnish the cocktail with the rosemary. Serve.
xo Sara Lynn
*Song of the day: Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt
P.S. Here’s a little throwback pic if you like feeling nostalgic 😉