Painted Drinking Glasses

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What you need

  • Drinking glass(es)
  • Paint suitable for glass
  • Paintbrushes
  • Cup with water
  • Paper towel
  • Templates (optional)
  • Oven

1) Set up an area for painting. I always make a mess, so I put a plastic tablecloth on my table before I start painting. You will want a cup of water to be able to clean your brushes between color changes and paper towels to help wipe away paint or dry an oversaturated brush.

2) Choose your glass to paint on. Make sure that the glass you are going to be painting is cleaned and dried. 

3) Start painting! You will want to purchase a paint that is meant for glass/dinnerware. I used FolkArt Enamel glass paint. Get creative! You can paint detailed designs; fun, simple designs; or even just polka dots can dress up a plain glass nicely. If you prefer, purchase some simple templates, line them up on your glass and tape them in place with a little painter’s tape or masking tape.

4) Allow the paint to dry.

5) Once the paint is dry, you will want to cure your piece. Bake your glass piece at 350 degrees for about 20 to 30 minutes. If you don’t preheat your oven, I would suggest baking for 30 minutes. Depending on what type of glass you painted, you may need a cookie sheet to place it on.  

6) I like to make extra sure my piece is cured, so when I turn off my oven after cooking, I just let my pieces cool in there as well.

7) Do not use your glass piece for 72 hours after curing. After that, your glass should be dishwasher-safe for the top rack, but I tend to hand-wash mine to make sure the design will stay longer.


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