If you’re looking for a step by step guide that shows you how to make your own personalised wine glass, then you’re in the right place! Creating your own inspired designs is so much fun and surprisingly easy to do! What’s more, they can make a fantastic personalised gift idea!
Be sure to also check out these hand painted wine glasses from Cheekyvino Designs (with personalisation) which are for sale.
What you will need:
- Wine glass
- Paint brushes
- Paints (My favourite are Americana gloss enamels, which can be bought online) and palette.
- Black outliner (Available at most craft stores or online)
- Rubbing alcohol
- Kitchen towel, masking tape and cotton buds
- Oven (optional)
Step by Step Guide
First you need to wash your wine glass and let it dry. Even better, wipe down the outside of the wine glass with rubbing alcohol which helps to remove dirt and any oils, although I usually find that washing with warm, soapy water is enough. Wrap approximately 1 inch of masking tape around the top of your glass, so that you leave room to drink from it.
Often the hardest part is to decide what your design should be! It could be absolutely anything – an abstract design, some pretty flowers, butterflies, hearts, or you could simply personalise it with a name, quote or a special message. What I find really helpful is printing out (or drawing) the design on a small piece of paper and sticking it firmly to the inside of the glass. You can then use your picture as a guide and draw around it. Of course you can also paint the stem and base of the wine glass too if you want!
Use your glass painting outliner to carefully draw your design. A useful tip: I find that cotton buds come in very handy (if not essential) at this point, so you can wipe off any mistakes and try again!
It sounds obvious, but make sure you use the right type of brush for what you are painting as it can make a big difference. For example if you are painting something with fine detail, then a very small brush will work best. Or for a larger area a chunkier brush will be better.
I usually try to start at the top of the glass and work my way down, as this helps to prevent smudging the paint. As with the outliner, if you make a mistake then simply use a cotton bud to wipe it off and start again. You can either paint with brush strokes, (you may need to use a few coats of paint to get the desired coverage) or for a more opaque result you can dab the paint on.
You can layer the paints, so for example you may wish to paint a base layer, wait for it to dry, and then paint a pattern over the top of it. The drying time of each layer will depend on how thickly you have applied the paint. A thin layer may be ready to paint over after 10 minutes, whereas a very think layer of paint could take an hour or two.
I find that dipping a cotton bud in the paint and then dabbing it on the glass works well for polka dots! For very tiny details, using a pin to paint with can work great! One of my favourite tools which I have used for pretty much every single glass I’ve painted is a little corn on the cob holder! Great for painting fine details and also for scratching off any mistakes which have dried.
The next step is to cure the paint on your wine glass. There are two methods for doing this, you can either oven-cure it, or air cure. If you would like to oven-cure your glass, place it in a COLD oven, and then preheat up to 350 degrees. Once the oven reaches 350 degrees, bake for a further 30 minutes. Make sure you allow your glass to cool completely before removing from the oven.
If you choose not to bake your glass in the oven, the paint should fully air cure within 21 days.
Clean & Polish:
After the paint has completely dried, you will be able to wash your glass gently in warm, soapy water. You can then dry and polish with a tea towel or kitchen towel.
Add Finishing Touches:
To add an extra special touch why not tie a pretty ribbon around the stem of your glass, or add a wine charm! Then sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of wine in your new hand painted wine glass!
I hope this guide is useful, best of luck creating your very own personalised wine glasses!