Handpainted Glass Using DecoArt

I love adding alittle pizazz to ordinary pieces; Taking a simple item up a notch makes them unique and unexpected.

I just finished up a new easy DIY project using glass paint, which added a burst of color to my ordinary clear drinking glasses and wine glasses. It’s amazing what you can do with inexpensive glassware, paint, and an imagination…

The kind folks at DecoArt were gracious enough to send me a huge box of goodies to try out. I decided on their transparent glass paints which I thought would be great for adding a little interest to my once plain-jane glasses.

Supplies: Decorative Glass, DecoArt Glass Enamel Paint (in your color of choice), small flat brush, alcohol, and cotton ball

For this project, I chose a pair of decorative wine glasses that we received as a gift for our wedding (many years ago I might add).  I use them on occasion when enjoying a yummy glass of red wine, and thought some added color would make them even more enticing to use on a regular basis (yes, I’m often known to drink a glass of wine – or two – during the evening hours).

Start off by cleaning the glass surface (inside and out) with alcohol.

These paints are for decorative purposes only, so you can only paint on certain areas.  To add a little color to these glasses, I decided to add the transparent paint to the outside of the glass, as well as the base of the stem to add a soft glow.

I applied the paint in thin, long strokes to avoid any clumps or streaks.

Within minutes, these two ordinary glasses were transformed into unique and personalized wine glasses.

Pretty fun, huh?

To finish up the glasses, I baked them in the oven for 30 minutes at 275 degrees.  When baking glass to seal the paint, be sure to put the glass in BEFORE the oven heats up and don’t take them out BEFORE the oven is completely cooled.

It’s amazing how a little paint can make a huge change.  From walls to decor to glasses, it’s breathtaking what a little paint can do.  Thanks again to the folks at DecoArt for letting me try out these awesome and easy-to-work-with paints!  If you’re interested in trying them out for yourself, you can find them at Michael’s Stores.

Disclaimer: I have partnered with DecoArt to promote their glass paints.  I was not told what to write and everything is 100% my opinion. I have been compensated for my time.


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  1. Sharon says

    I’m wondering about painting the entire outside of glasses….since they claim the paint is not “food safe”. On every picture I find of painted glassware…even on their site…the top of the glasses are left unpainted. I’ve had tons of ideas for using this paint….but haven’t tried it because of the food safety issues. Do you have any other info on this paint? I’ve seen other projects using it on plates, etc. but they state on their project instructions that they are for decorative purposes only. I’m wondering if the company told you anything different….because it’s a wonderful way to add personality to a table!
    Thanks!
    shareff5@aol.com

    • Jenna says

      The company has stated that its for decorative purposes only, so I would not use this on anything that will be near the mouth. I don’t know of a paint that is, but there must be something out there since so many glasses, plates, etc. have paint designs on them. Wish I could help you more… Jenna