It’s so much fun to do wine glass painting! We really love to do champagne flutes too for those special occasions. Hey, why stop there? Your regular tumblers and glass mugs could use a makeover too!

One of the great things about painting wine glasses is that you can handle them by the stem which makes them easier to hold than let’s say a tumbler. Wine glasses come in a wonderful variety of shapes and sizes.


Always wash your surfaces in warm, soapy water. Rinse thoroughly and let dry.

You may be in the habit of wearing a moisturizing lotion after washing dishes but please don’t. Your hands need to be free of oils.

Now wipe the items down with Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) or vinegar and water solution.

Next step is to follow the manufacturer’s specific instructions. Some require a surface conditioner others require the rubbing alcohol treatment. For more specific information see our list of glass paints.


Now you get to play and practice…. you’re using old wine glasses to practice on, right? If you’ve never painted on glass surfaces before, then I suggest you try this out on old wine glasses. Check out garage sales or consignment shops.

OK, now you have to make decisions. Are the wine glasses for decorative purposes only? Do you want to be able to wash them in the dishwasher?

Do you want the design to be transparent or do you want an opaque effect? Is it a pearly, glossy or iridescent look you want? Oh my! When it comes to wine glass painting there are so many choices!!

Once you’ve decided, you’ll need to purchase paints. You can read about the various glass paints right here to make an informed decision.


Simply find a design you like and tape it to the inside of the wine glass. You’ll be able to see the design through the glass and it will serve as your placement guide.


Before running out and buying all new glasses, first get the hang of doing glass painting. It takes time and it takes practice.

So just dive right in! You can free hand a design directly onto the glass. Try squiggles, waves, spirals as shown in the sample above, or tape off geometric shapes. Use different brushes to create solid applications of paint or fine lines.

If doing anything free hand scares the wits out of you, we have a simple free wine glass painting pattern for you to play with. There are step-by-step instructions, including suggested paints and tools. Go on, give it a try. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish!

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