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DIY: Easy Hand-Painted Glasses

Posted: 05/23/13 5:00 AM (Modified: 05/23/13 9:13 AM)


Add a little fun to your glass wear and color-coordinate any occasion for almost $1.00. These also make great gifts and even fun party favors.  Get creative and have fun without breaking the bank!

DIY Hand-Painted Glasses

What You Need:

  • Glasses from the dollar store
  • Acrylic paint
  • Masking tape (painter's tape)
  • Rubber bands
  • Sponge brushes or makeup sponges


I used two techniques to make these glasses, chevron stripes with masking tape and oval stripes with rubber bands.

1.  For the chevron stripes, use the masking tape to create the zig-zag pattern with as many stripes as you like.  I found out the hard way that these would probably work best with square glasses or glasses that go straight up and down (not tapered like the ones shown here).  To make the chevrons even, it's tricky on a tapered glass.  I cut the ends of the tape so I had straight lines instead of torn ends to try to match up.

For the oval stripes, I just layered 4 or 5 rubber bands in different widths with spaces in between. The rubber bands stick great to the glass without glue or tape.

2.  Next, I made three different shades of paint adding white paint to the green to lighten the colors gradually for the hombre effect.  Use the sponges to apply the paint with the darkest shade on the bottom and work up with gradually different shades.  

3.  Let them dry 10 minutes or so before applying a second coat.

4.  Once the paint has completely dried, carefully remove the tape or rubber bands.  You might need to scratch off some paint that seeps under the rubber bands or tape.

5.  Put them on a cookie sheet in a cold oven and bake at 350° for 30 minutes to set the paint. Turn off the heat and allow the glasses to cool in the oven for an hour before removing.

Even though the paint is baked on, hand washing is advised.  Have fun and send me pics of your hand-painted glass creations!

Watch my step-by-step DIY tutorial that airs today on KMOVKens5WGEMKCENKBMTKiiiTV and KTXD:


Jun 13, 2013 10:22 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

These are so cute!

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